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Boscardin and Adrianopoulos awarded $1.25 million for DOE

Mary Lynn BoscardinMary Lynn Boscardin

Mary Andrianopoulos, Communication Disorders, and Mary Lynn Boscardin, chair of the College of Education’s Department of Student Development, were awarded a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for training speech language pathologists in the public schools to effectively deliver reliable, evidence-based models of technology. Theirs was one of only nine winning proposals in the national competition.

The grant will fund more than 40 master's students in speech language pathology (SLP) with a specialization in the area of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and using technologies to facilitate learning. Their Research-to-Practice activities will include studying the efficacy of various intervention approaches that are typically delivered to children on the autism spectrum, say Andrianopoulos and Boscardin.

The students will also use evidence-based practices to improve and maintain achievement among students with ASD using telepractice to deliver services, which will include active consultation and e-supervision of the graduate students.  More...


SOE awarded $21 million in two years for work in Afghanistan

Joseph BergerDavid EvansDavid Evans and Joseph Berger (EPRA) were awarded an $11.2 million, one year extension of an initial $9.9 million, one year grant to continue the work of the school’s Center for International Education’s (CIE) Higher Education Project (HEP) in Afghanistan. 



SOE helps reform teacher education in Palestine

The College of Education’s Center for International Education (CIE) was awarded a $1million sub-contract from AMIDEAST, with USAID West Bank & Gaza funding, to help with the reform of teacher education in the West Bank and Gaza.  The funded project is a comprehensive education reform initiative focused on supporting the Palestine Ministry of Education's national effort in teacher development.  The overall goal is to improve the quality of education through a comprehensive approach to leadership and teacher development, concentrating on in-service teachers in grades 5-10, principals, and supervisors.

The four major objectives of the project are: the enhanced capacity of school principals, supervisors and teachers to improve classroom instruction; creation of a national cadre of high-quality teacher and leadership educators; creation and harmonization of policies, structures and systems within key Ministry of Education departments supporting leadership and teacher development; enhanced pre-service teacher education in Gaza.

The project is under the direction of College of Education faculty Gretchen Rossman, professor; Sharon Rallis, Dwight W. Allen Distinguished Professor; and Joseph B. Berger, professor, and the School’s Associate Dean for Research and Engagement.