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College of Education new grant awards for June and July 2012

PI: Dafney Blanca Dabach
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation
Amount awarded: $40,000 for one year
“Civic Lessons and Immigrant Youth.” This qualitative study investigates how secondary civics teachers enact electoral discussions with immigrant youth and the messages they impart about voting, citizenship, and political participation, based on observations and interviews before, during, and after the 2012 presidential election.

PI: Gail Joseph
Sponsor: Washington State Department of Early Learning (subcontract on U.S. Dept. of Education Race to the Top grant)
Amount awarded: $7,944,892 for two years
“UW Quality Rating and Improvement Systems.” Voluntary Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) are being put in place across the country to investigate whether early learning and care environments support our youngest citizens, and to develop a system of ratings that will make the quality of care they provide transparent to parents. This grant will fund the College’s Childcare Quality and Early Learning Center (CQEL) as the branch of the WA State Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS) that will establish a regional evaluation system and collect data required to score participating early learning environments on the WA TQRIS.

PI: Kristie Kauerz
Sponsor: Harvard University (subcontract on grant from W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation)
Amount awarded: $19,752 for one year
“Pre-K – 3rd Education Initiative.” These funds, in addition to several other grants awarded during the past year, will support an effort to provide education leaders and practitioners with a framework and strategies to raise the level of teaching and learning in early childhood and elementary education. 

PI: Elizabeth West
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Amount awarded: $50,000 for one year
“Indigenous Teacher Education Program.” This grant will support development and implementation of a certificate program that relies on the Web-based curriculum, “Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovreignty in Washington State,” a highly regarded curriculum designed to recognize Native American history as an important element in state, local and regional history. This project is a collaborative effort between the UW College of Education and the Washington State Office of Native Education/Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

PI: Roxanne Hudson
Amount awarded: $299,795 for year one of a four-year project
Sponsor: NICHD/NIH
“Preschool Reading and Language Interventions for Children with Autism.” The goal of this proposed project is to determine the immediate and delayed effects of preschool intervention in areas important for emergent literacy in order to lead to improved reading and language outcomes among children with ASD.


PI: William Zumeta (faculty PI for CREST fellow Robin LaSota)
Sponsor: Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Amount awarded: $19,913 for one year
“An Investigation of Factors and Decision-Making Processes that Influence Community College Students’ Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities.” The transfer rate for community college students to four-year institutions (2/4 transfer) is very low. This purpose of this research project, conducted by Robin LaSota, is to estimate the effects of student, institution, and state policy variables on 2/4 transfer, and to investigate instructional leadership, resource allocation, and academic advising practices and policies shaping community colleges’ work to boost students’ transfer to four-year institutions.

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