University of Pittsburgh School of Education
 

Instruction and Learning - Grants

2016 NWP Advanced Institute to Scale-Up the College-Ready Writers Program

Dates: 3/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $20,911
Funder: National Writing Project
Investigator: Amanda Godley

A Novel Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease: The Insomnia-Short Sleep Phenotype (SCL)

Dates: 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2016
Funding Amount: $125,814
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: Jennifer Porter

A Promotora-Mediated, Family-Based Intervention to Prevent Obesity in Latino Preschool Children

The purpose of the proposed research is to develop and evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a family-based, promotora-mediated child obesity intervention. The proposed study will employ a mixed methods sequential research design, organized into two major phases: Phase I: Conduct language-stratified focus groups and cognitive interviews with Latino parents of preschool children to inform the development of a culturally-appropriate intervention and measures; Phase II: Test the feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention.
Dates: 3/1/2016 - 2/28/2017
Funding Amount: $117,390
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: Caryn P. Martin

Advancing Real-Time Data Collection with Adaptive Sampling and Innovative Technology 05-127249

Dates: 4/1/2016 - 3/31/2017
Funding Amount: $10,324
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: Jennifer Porter

Development of Human Language Technologies to Improve Disciplinary Writing and Learning through Self-Regulated Revising

Dates: 8/1/2017 - 7/31/2018
Funding Amount: $86,240
Funder: National Science Foundation
Investigator: Amanda Godley

Effectiveness of a Promotores Network in Improving Access to Care and Health Behaviors in Latino Immigrants in an Emerging Latino Community

Dates: 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017
Funding Amount: $145,345
Funder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Investigator: Caryn P. Martin

iLead Planning Grant

Dates: 11/25/2017 - 11/30/2018
Funding Amount: $50,000
Funder: Heinz Endowments
Investigator: Anthony Petrosky

Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) Reading & Math

The objective of this project is to 1) develop, produce, distribute and score the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) statewide alternate accountability assessment for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities; 2) train test administrators to improve the quality of the assessment for the target population; 3) train scorers and convene "scoring conferences" at which scoring will take place; 4) generate reports to school districts, service providers and parents on the results of the assessment and a report summarizing the performance of all students who were assessed on the PASA.
Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $4,556,575
Funder: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Investigator: Naomi Zigmond

Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) Science

The overall project goal is to develop, administer, score, analyze, and report on an alternate science assessment that is linked to grade-appropriate content (i.e. the PA science standards and the PA PSSA science assessment), accessible to the full range of students designated by their IEP team to take the alternate assessment, technically sound, and parallel in form and substance to the reading and math alternate assessments and to the PSSA.
Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $1,986,809
Funder: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Investigator: Steven Lyon

Pennsylvania Alternative System of Assessment - Reading , Math, and Science

Dates: 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018
Funding Amount: $4,748,478
Funder: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Investigator: Steven Lyon

The LEND Center of Pittsburgh

Program Goal: Provide intensive interdisciplinary leadershiop education for health care and education professional regarding children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $21,507
Funder: HRSA
Investigator: Louise Kaczmarek

The LEND Center of Pittsburgh

Program Goal: Provide intensive interdisciplinary leadershiop education for health care and education professional regarding children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Dates: 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018
Funding Amount: $20,954
Funder: HRSA
Investigator: Louise Kaczmarek

Using Natural Language Processing to Study Equitable and Robust Classroom Talk

As K-12 schools in the United States become more linguistically and racially diverse, English Language Arts (ELA) teachers need to develop knowledge about dialect diversity in the English language in order to support all students' language and literacy learning. However, little research has examined how to expand ELA teachers' knowledge about language variation and dialect diversity for literacy instruction. In response to this problem, I propose to build on my extensive line of research on learning about dialect diversity by gaining new knowledge in Natural Language Processing (NLP), a field at the intersection of computer science and linguistics that allows computers to analyze authentic human language. By applying NLP to large datasets of teachers' collaborative discussions about dialect diversity, I will unite two methodologies - micro-level discourse analysis and NLP - to identify patterns in pre-service and in-service teachers' discussions that indicate learning (or misconceptions) about dialect diversity across school and program contexts. This will extend my scholarly trajectory towards contributing innovative, useful and generalizable findings about preparing teachers for today's dialectally diverse classrooms. In turn, these findings will contribute to improving literacy instruction for our increasingly diverse K-12 population in the United States.
Dates: 8/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $147,589
Funder: The Spencer Foundation
Investigator: Amanda Godley