Selected Grants 2005-2010

National Science Foundation

Kathleen Davis, Sandra Madden, Barbara Madeloni (TECS) and colleagues from the College of Natural Sciences and School of Engineering were awarded a $4,499,695 grant from the National Science Foundation for a NOYCE Teaching Fellowship project, “Supporting STEM Teaching and Learning through Communities (SSTLC).” The project responds to the critical need for middle and high school STEM teachers through a collaboration between UMass Amherst educators and researchers, high-need middle and high schools in western Massachusetts, and a non-profit organization focused on the professional development of teachers and the education of youth in the sciences. (2012- 2017)

John Clement (TECS) received $980,000 from the National Science Foundation for Visual Modeling Strategies in Science Teaching to develop new ways of understanding active learning processes for developing visualization models and of describing these processes for use by researchers and teachers. (2007 – 2010)

Kathleen Davis, Barbara Madeloni, Sandra Madden (TECS) and colleagues from the College of Natural Sciences and School of Engineering received a $74,445 NOYCE Planning Grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a partnership with several local high-needs school districts and non-profit organizations for the purpose of developing a full NOYCE Teacher Fellowship proposal for a program that will encourage talented science and math students and professionals to puruse teaching careers in high-needs secondary schools. (2010 - 2011)

W. Leonard, Allan Feldman (TECS), W. Gerace, and I. Beatty received $2,500,000 from the National Science Foundation for Teacher Learning of Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment (FA). High school physics teachers engage in collaborative action research to learn how to use formative assessment and classroom response systems (CRS) to promote student teacher learning. (2005 – 2010)

Allan Feldman (TECS), M. Sternheim and B. Adams received $800,000 from the National Science Foundation on behalf of the Franklin County Research Academies for Young Scientists (STEM RAYS). Students and teachers in rural communities are conducting authentic environmental research in close association with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research communities from UMass, Greenfield Community College, and Smith College. (2006 - 2009)

Stephen Sireci (EPRA), D. Hart and S. Battisti received $300,000 from the National Science Foundation to enhance the availability of high quality materials for formative and summative assessment in undergraduate chemistry courses. (2007 – 2009)

Kathleen Davis (TECS), S. Schneider, and faculty at UMass Lowell received $1,200,000 from the National Science Foundation for Science Education Online (SEO) to develop, implement and assess a model web-based licensure program for the preparation of elementary and middle school teachers. (2003 – 2007)

John Clement (TECS) received $950,000 from the National Science Foundation for Understanding and Fostering Model Based Learning in Science to expand a theory of conceptual change processes common to three major subject areas in science and to develop an accompanying set of effective instructional strategies. (2003 – 2007)

John Clement (TECS) received $850,000 from the National Science Foundation for Deepening Conceptual Understanding in Middle School Life Science. This project involves completing a model-based curriculum on Energy and the Human Body at the middle school level and investigating ways of teaching complex visual models in science. (2002 – 2007)

Allan Feldman, Portia Elliott (TECS), M. Sternheim, and F. Hajir (CNS) received $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for STEM Bridge Project to award NOYCE scholarships to undergraduates preparing to become secondary science or mathematics teachers. (2004 – 2009)

M. Sternheim, Allan Feldman (TECS) and Portia Elliott (TECS) received $200,000 from the National Science Foundation for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-Alternative Certification for Teachers. (2005 – 2007)

Gretchen B. Rossman (EPRA) received $110,000 as a subcontract to Temple University’s grant from the National Science Foundation and Temple University for Science in the City. (2006 – 2009)

U.S. Department of Education

John CareyCraig Wells and Karen Harrington (SD) were awarded a $614,425 subcontract with Florida State University as part of a 4-year, $2.7 million grant from theInstitute of Educational Sciences (IES) to conduct and evaluate the outcomes of a research study of whole classroom participation in Student Success Skills, a fully-developed program widely used in elementary, middle and high schools across the country to improve students’ fundamental learning, social and self-management skills demonstrated to lead to improved academic achievement. (2011-2015)

Mary Lynn Boscardin, (SD) and M. Andrianopoulos, E. Zaretsky, S. Velleman, and P. Mercaitis (PHHS), have been awarded a $796,809 U.S. Department of EducationPersonnel Preparation grant in the area of autism spectrum disorders. (2009 – 2014)

Mary Lynn Boscardin (SD) received a 4-year, $799,860 OSEP Leadership Personnel Preparation grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to train future administrators and IHE faculty to communicate knowledge tradition and demonstrate evidence-based practices linked to the creation of inclusive learning environments for students with disabilities from diverse backgrounds. (2009 - 2013)

Mary Lynn Boscardin (SD) and M. Andrianopoulos (PHHS) received a $799,000 grant from the US Department of Education to prepare the next generation of students pursuing careers in speech language pathology, with a special focus on students with speech and language disabilities in the public schools. (2009 - 2013)

B. Woolf and Robert Maloy (TECS) in conjunction with CAST received a two-year, $890,419 grant from the Institute of Education Sciences Education Technology Research Program/US Department of Education to develop and evaluate adaptive intelligent tutors that track both student cognition and affect. Existing well-tested and robust intelligent tutors will identify student skills and estimate engagement and interest using adaptive universal design criterion and multimedia software. (2008 - 2010)

Mary Lynn Boscardin (SD) and Matthew Militello received $800,000 from the US Department of Education for Crossroads: Training General & Special Administrators to identify and support K-12 special education leaders through coursework, advising and multiple field placements. (2003 – 2008)

Stephen Sireci (EPRA) received $1,000,000 from the US Department of Education to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card”, in partnership with the Buros Center for Testing at the University of Nebraska. (2004 – 2007)

Jerri Willett (TECS) received $1,000,000 from the US Department of Education for Bilingual Education: Career Ladder Program Title VII: Amherst/Holyoke/UMass Consortium for the Preparation of Bilingual and ESL Teachers. (2002 – 2007)

Jerri Willett and Meg Gebhard (TECS) received $1,500,000 from the US Department of Education for Title III: Closing the Gap: Supporting the Academic Literacy Development for ELL Students (No Child Left Behind) - preparing all teachers to work with English language learners and to create systemic professional development opportunities. (2001 – 2006)

U.S. Agency For International Development

David Evans and Joseph Berger (EPRA) were awarded a one-year, $9.9-million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to continue its work to improve access to higher education in Afghanistan. The College of Education’s Center for International Education (CIE) will assume primary responsibility for overseeing the entire project which is part of an overall program to rehabilitate and strengthen the education system throughout Afghanistan. Since 2006, CIE has worked as a partner in a consortium with the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and education faculty who offer four-year teacher education programs in Afghanistan. The Higher Education Project (HEP) built on initial successes with education faculty and worked with Kabul Medical University and six other medical institutions to enhance medical education. (2010-2011)

David Evans and Joseph Berger (EPRA) received $8,450,000 from the Academy for Educational Development for USAID/Afghanistan Higher Education Project to improve access to quality education in Afghanistan. (2006 – 2011)

David Evans and Joseph Berger (EPRA) received $1,091,761 from the Academy for Educational Development for USAID/Afghanistan Higher Education Project to work with Kabul Medical University to improve the pre-service medical training offered in Afghan public universities to better meet workforce needs and to establish a cadre of doctors graduating from public universities who are able to offer high quality health and hospital services. Other responsibilities include creating a new KMU School of Public Health with revised undergraduate course offerings, and designing a new Masters in Public Health for KMU. (2009 - 2011)

Gretchen Rossman (EPRA) received $133,358 from the U.S. Agency for International Development to provide academic training at the master’s level to selected participants in the USAID/Tanzania Leadership Training Program with the objective of strengthening the base of skilled, high-performing professionals thereby leading to a more functional society in Tanzania. (2010-2012)

David Evans and Alfred Hartwell (EPRA) received $4,300,000 from the US Agency for International Development for the Literacy for Life Project in Afghanistan to promote women’s literacy and health. (2004 – 2006)

David Evans and Gretchen Rossman (EPRA) received $4,300,000 from the US Agency for International Development for local capacity building in basic education in Southern Sudan. (2002 – 2007)

David R. Evans and Gretchen Rossman (EPRA) received $2,400,000 from the U.S. Agency for International Development for Malawi UPIC: Advanced Degree Activity for local capacity building in higher education in Malawi. (2001 – 2006)

Foundations and Organizations

Cristine Smith and Kate Hudson (EPRA) received a $150,000 award from the World Bank to build the capacity of education faculty in three universities in Gaza, Palestine. The project includes designing and conducting training to improve the quality of large teacher education classes at Al-Azhar and other universities in Gaza, as well as hosting a team of Palestinian education faculty to visit UMass and observe classes here and at local K-12 schools. The ultimate goal is to increase Palestinian student achievement through better preparation of teachers. (2011-2012)

Robert Maloy (TECS) received a $21,500 Verizon Foundation grant to expand “4 Coach Mathematics Active Learning Intelligent Tutoring System” (4MALITY), a web-based interactive program that teaches mathematical problem-solving skills and test-taking strategies to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade pupils. Funding will help expand 4MALITY’s academic content for use by students, teachers and faculty, improve its functionality when used wirelessly in schools on iPads or other tablet computing devices, and align academic content based on the Mathematics Curriculum Framework for Massachusetts with the National Common Core Standards for Mathematics. (2011-12)

Cristine Smith and Stephen Sireci (EPRA) received $1,026,204 from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation for the Adult Transitions Longitudinal Study (ATLAS). Part of the New England ABE-College Project, the goal is to enable adult literacy program graduates to prepare for, enter and succeed in postsecondary education thereby increasing the likelihood of improving their own and their families' lives. (2007 - 2011)

Ronald Hambleton and Stephen Sireci (EPRA) received $1,645,993 from Measured Progress for Research and Validity Studies for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to provide the Massachusetts Department of Education information to enhance the current assessment system, address the validity of the MCAS scores and score reporting, and other technical work. (2004 –2014

Craig Wells (EPRA) and J. Royer have received a $670,294 grant from Education Development Center Inc. to fund their project “Enhancing Educational Assessment Skills in Indonesia” which provides training experience in educational assessment at UMass Amherst to long-term Indonesian assessment specialists, provides consultation to the DBE2 M&E effort (Decentralized Basic Education, Teaching and Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation), and includes development of a series of instructional modules on educational assessment that can be utilized throughout Indonesia. (2008 - 2010)

Sharon Rallis (EPRA) received $68,542 from the National Education Association to conduct basic research and analysis of the impact of the negotiated professional Learning-based Salary System, an alternative teacher salary schedule that has received national attention and interest on teachers’ salaries, professional practice, and student learning in the Portland (Maine) Public Schools. (2010-2011)

Kathryn McDermott (EPRA) received $39,450 from the Spencer Foundation to support a study entitled: “Diversity, Politics and Educational Opportunity: Lessons from a Federal Technical Assistance Grant.” The research project proposes to broaden understanding of the contemporary federal role pertaining to integration by exploring local response to federal policy in support of integration. (2011-2012)

April Zenisky (EPRA) received $48,426 from the American Chemical Society (ACS) to continue ongoing work in partnership with the Center for Educational Software Development to improve the standardized chemistry exams delivered by the ACS’ Examination’s Institute and to develop and maintain an online testing system for the ACS exams. (2011)

Joseph Berger (EPRA) received $54,543 from Computing Research Association to create a funding vision for the field of Education Technology. (2009 - 2010)

Michael Krezmien (SD) received $75,802 from JEHT Foundation through a sub-contract with the University of Maryland for School-based Referrals to Police and the Courts: Understanding the Nature and Extent of the Practice. (2008 - 2011)

Ximena Zúñiga (SD), in conjunction with P. Gurin and B.A. Nagda at the University of Michigan, received $605,000 from the WT Grant Foundation for a Multi-University Evaluation of the Educational Effects of Intergroup Dialogues. (2005 – 2009)

Ximena Zúñiga (SD), in conjunction with P. Gurin and B.A. Nagda at the University of Michigan, received $602,000 from the Ford Foundation for a Multi-University Intergroup Dialogue Project. (2005 – 2008)

Lisa Keller and Stephen Sireci (EPRA) received $600,000 from the All Kinds of Minds Institute for Evaluating Student Achievement in the "Schools Attuned" Model to implement a comprehensive teacher-training program designed to help teachers teach students to "learn about learning" and to mainstream special education students in the classroom. (2003 – 2006)

Stephen Sireci and Ronald Hambleton (EPRA) received $155,320 from NCS Pearson, Inc. to enhance the validity of statewide educational achievement tests for states meeting the assessment requirements of No Child Left Behind. (2007 – 2009)

Ronald Hambleton and Stephen Sireci (EPRA) received $565,000 from the College Board for Test Design and Item Selection and College Board Advanced Placement Tests. (2007 - 2008)

Stephen Sireci (EPRA) received $217,700 from the College Board for the Identification of Key Characteristics of Public Post-Secondary Institutions Fostering Success for Under Represented Students. (2006 – 2010)

Jacqueline Mosselson and Gretchen Rossman (EPRA) received $400,000 from the World Bank for “Learning Initiatives for Rural Education (LIRE): Multi-grade Approaches to Primary Education in Senegal and The Gambia.” (2007 – 2009)

Sharon Rallis (EPRA) received $212,000 from the Mass Charter School Association for a Dissemination Project Evaluation to identify and analyze high-quality charter schools serving high-need communities and students at risk for academic failure. (2007 – 2009)

Maurianne Adams (SD) received $50,000 from the Anti-Defamation League for Making Diversity Count, an Evaluation for Online Anti-Bias Video Course Pilot. (2006 – 2008)

Mary Lynn Boscardin (SD) received $89,000 from the Council of Administrators of Special Education for an Editorship for the Journal of Special Education Leadership. (2001 – continuous)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Stephen Sireci (EPRA) received $1,500,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education for developing and validating assessments for Adult Basic Education learners in Massachusetts. (2008 – 2011)

Rebecca Woodland (EPRA) received $96,534 from the Amherst Pelham (MA) Regional Schools to implement the Teacher Collaboration and Instructional Improvement Project (TCIIP) which seeks to engage all collaborators - teachers and administrators in the school districts and SOE faculty - in an ongoing cycle of high-quality inquiry focused on the examination and improvement of instructional practice. (2010-2011)

Jacqueline Mosselsohn (EPRA) received $40,000 as a subcontract from Framingham State College from the Massachusetts Department of Education for continued work for Global Horizons Project. (2009-2011)

Allan Feldman (TECS) received $169,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education for PV STEMNET Pipeline Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Partnership to deliver a course of study that prepares inservice and preservice teachers to be highly qualified mathematics and science teachers in grades 4-8. (2008 - 2009)

Stephen Sireci (EPRA) received $1,500,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education for Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs throughout Massachusetts and to help the Department of Education evaluate the effectiveness of adult basic education programs. (2003 – 2008)

Allan Feldman (TECS) received $600,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education for a PVSTEMNET pipeline middle school science, technology, engineering and mathematics partnership. (2006 – 2008)

Allan Feldman (TECS) received $292,000 from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for PV STEMNET: Pioneer Valley PreK-16 Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Regional Network. (2007 – 2009)

John Carey (SD) received $60,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education to organize and implement a statewide career planning technology conference. (2008 - 2009)

Nola Stephen (TECS) received $203,500 from Massachusetts Department of Education for Initiatives for Building System Capacity for the Education of Advanced, Creative, and Talented Students. (2006 – 2008)

Jerri Willett and Patricia Paugh (TECS) received $270,000 from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for Developing Embedded Professional Pratices for Meeting the Literacy Needs of English Language Learners. (2005 – 2008)

Catherine Dimmitt (SD) received $144,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education for evaluation of the pilot implementation of the Massachusetts Model for comprehensive school counseling programs. (2006 – 2007)

John Carey (SD) received $120,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education for Capacity Building in Promoting Statewide School Counseling Reform to develop the National School Counseling Reform Consortium composed of State Department of Education leaders. (2006 – 2007)

Rebecca (Gajda) Woodland and Sharon Rallis (EPRA) received $108,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education for a Principal Standards and Assessment Project. (2007 – 2008)

Florence Sullivan (TECS) received a $49,973 Improving Teacher Quality grant from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, to work with Springfield teachers to develop a middle school physics unit using robotics. (2007)

Kathryn McDermott (EPRA) received $110,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education for a School Leadership project. (2004 – 2006)

Allan Feldman (TECS) received $100,000 from the Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative for the Teachers Implementing Imaging and Imagery for Classroom Learning (TI3CL) project, where K-12 teachers learn how to bring innovative imaging technology into their classrooms to support and enhance academic courses. (2005 – 2006)

Rebecca ( Gajda) Woodland (EPRA) received $25,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Education for the development of a set of Professional Standards and Indicators for the Principal and Superintendant roles. (2007)


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