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  • Learning To Be “Bookworms”

    August 8, 2019

    Not that long ago, some of Delaware’s lowest-performing schools could be found in the neighboring school districts of Seaford and Laurel, both of which serve rural, high-poverty communities in the southwestern corner of the state. In 2014, Seaford rank …

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  • Reading to Children

    April 29, 2019

    In the eyes of a child who is learning how to read, touchscreen tablets and “smart” technology are no substitute for a living, breathing adult. At least, that’s according to new research by University of Delaware doctoral student Daniela Avelar. The co …

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  • From Students to Scholars

    March 27, 2019

    As an assistant professor in the University of Delaware’s School of Education (SOE), Joshua Wilson frequently employs undergraduate assistants to provide support for grant-funded research projects. For some projects — as with a recent $400,000 research …

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  • Spencer grant to improve assessment of students’ writing skills

    October 20, 2017

    Josh Wilson’s Spencer Grant will allow him to expand his research to develop a new computerized formative assessment model that identifies student language skills at the word, sentence, and discourse level through automated evaluations of the essay’s word choice, syntax, and cohesion. He will examine results across multiple genres of student writing, and further test the ability of the model to predict scores on state writing assessments.

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  • Bookworms improves literacy outcomes in Cecil County

    April 7, 2017

    Bookworms curriculum introduced into Cecil County Public Schools UD professor Sharon Walpole and her colleague, Michael McKenna* developed Bookworms in response to the increased reading and writing expectations in the Common Core State Standards. Bookw …

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  • Assessing effectiveness of PEG Writing software

    March 7, 2017

      Imagine an elementary classroom where students could write an essay on their computer and receive instant feedback on its organization, word choice and accuracy. They would then be able to correct errors, make revisions and resubmit their essays …

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  • QUILS language screener for young children

    December 8, 2016

    Researchers in education, psychology and speech pathology have collaborated to develop a computerized language screener to help early childhood educators and specialists identify areas where young children are experiencing difficulties mastering langua …

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  • Writing instruction intervention for community colleges

    August 10, 2016

    UD researchers have created an instructional intervention that provides community college students the tools to significantly improve their writing skills.

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  • Bookworms curriculum improves reading skills

    March 30, 2016

    Sharon Walpole, University of Delaware, and Mike McKenna, University of Virginia, developed “Bookworms,” a free, open-access, elementary ELA curriculum to increase students’ reading comprehension and vocabulary. Schools in Delaware and Georgia have successfully implemented this program.

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  • Creating improved observational protocol for writing instruction

    January 12, 2016

    With the attention that the Common Core State Standards give to writing, and the writing requirements in the new Smarter Balanced Assessments, many teachers and administrators are concerned about their approach to writing instruction. “As an elementary …

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  • Building vocabulary of low-income children

    October 30, 2015

    Roberta Golinkoff and collaborator Kathy Hirsh-Pasek designed an intervention study to test a new approach for fostering vocabulary development among preschool children from low-income homes.

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  • Improving reading comprehension through text structure instruction

    October 2, 2015

    Sharon Walpole, SOE, is partnering with Kasualai Wijekumar on a grant designed to enhance classroom-based text structure instruction for 4th and 5th graders in high poverty schools in TX and PA.

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