University of Pittsburgh School of Education
 

Instruction and Learning - Grants

Dates: 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018
Funding Amount: $94,624
Funder: National Science Foundation
Investigator: Amanda Godley

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

2016-2017 NWP SEED Invitational Leadership Institute to Invest in Developing New Teacher-Leaders

Dates: 5/1/2016 - 8/31/2017
Funding Amount: $15,593
Funder: National Writing Project
Investigator: Laura J. Roop

2017-2018 NWP CRWP-SEED Professional Development in a High Need High School

Dates: 3/1/2017 - 8/31/2018
Funding Amount: $21,148
Funder: National Writing Project
Investigator: Laura J. Roop

Certifying Orientation and Mobility/Behavior Specialists (COMBS)

Dates: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018
Funding Amount: $268,499
Funder: Department of Education
Investigator: Tessa McCarthy

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

Gamification and Reflection: An Innovative Technological Model to Enhance and Assess Postsecondary Students Global competence

Dates: 10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018
Funding Amount: $51,685
Funder: U.S. Department of Education
Investigator: Michael Lovorn

iLead Planning Grant

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

National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities-University of Pittsburgh Doctoral Collaboration Subcontract (NLCSD-Pitt)

Dates: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017
Funding Amount: $60,400
Funder: Salus University
Investigator: Tessa McCarthy

National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities-University of Pittsburgh Doctoral Collaboration Subcontract (NLCSD-Pitt)

Dates: 8/1/2017 - 7/31/2018
Funding Amount: $72,340
Funder: Salus University
Investigator: Tessa McCarthy

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

Staff Training in Preference Identification and Choice Opportunities

Dates: 7/1/2016 - 12/31/2017
Funding Amount: $1,915
Funder: Organization for Autism Research
Investigator: Rachel E. Robertson

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