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Center for the Improvement of Education: Projects

The Center for the Improvement of Education awards three to five grants of up to $15,000 each to individual and teams of faculty members who partner with at least one local school and other agencies to create and/or renew their efforts to ensure that all students succeed through their collaborative creative problem solving. Grant recipients may receive additional support to extend the project and present their findings and national conferences. Through the Center, faculty and partners participate in continuing activities in which they share what they know and learn, and build upon the successful experiences and expertise of other professionals within and beyond their community. In particular, experts from education, research institutes, and educational partnerships will be invited to not only share their ideas but provide critical feedback about the work in which the Center partnerships are engaged.

Current Awards and Projects: 

Myra Zarnowski and Paul Longo received a $15,000 grant for their “Nonfiction Literacy Project” to enhance children’s literacy skills by engaging in reading and thinking about the literature of inquiry—stories of scientific explorations written by scientists and science experts to reveal the intricacies of discovery and experimentation. She, Kim Polinsky, and Longo will be working with local classes in a collaborative project to engage students in understanding and critically responding to non-fiction literature. Through this project, children will be introduced to the vocabulary of non-fiction literature, keep journals of their reactions to and questions about their reading, and interact with authors of non-fiction children’s literature through school visits and Skype. Children’s authors Vicki Cobb and Marc Aronson have already expressed interest in becoming involved with this project, and they and others involved will form a collaborative working relationship with a group of authors as part of a continuing effort to improve young students’ non-fiction literacy skills.  This project is currently being implemented at the Queens High School of Teaching and Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School. 

Ted Kesler and Sunghee Shin received a $15,000 grant for their project, “Building Capacity for Computers in Classrooms,” to fund a one-week, in-house technology summer institute at P.S./I.S. 499, the Queens College School of Math, Science, and Technology. The Queens College Division of Education, and in particular the Elementary and Early Childhood Department, has had a partnership with P.S./I.S. 499 since the school’s inception. To assist teacher at the school in using its technological resources to their full potential, a summer institute provided teachers with online resources and ways to include computer-based lessons in their curricula to assist in student learning and improve student computer and internet literacy. 

John Gunn and Soribel Genao received a $15,000 grant their project, “Renewing Partnerships to Improve Student Learning,” to fund the development of collaborative Global Studies curricular design teams of teachers within and across settings. One team will be at the Queens High School of Teaching and one at Cypress Hills Collegiate. During the summer, the design teams will met for a four-day summer institute and will continue to meet during the school year. These curricular design teams will provide a forum for teachers to share and discuss their strategies for writing and teaching Global Studies curricula. Gunn and Genao provide an outside perspective for these design teams and promote students’ discovery of disciplinary concepts and their application in analyses of contemporary and historical case. The work of the design team is intended to result in revised curriculum, increased student learning, and students’ achievement on the Global Studies Regents’ exam.














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