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  • Seaford, Delaware: Fast Improvement in Delaware

    December 9, 2019

    School of Education professor and Professional Development Center for Educators Director Sharon Walpole is featured on the latest episode of the ExtraOrdinary Districts podcast. She discusses her open-access literacy curriculum Bookworms K-5 Reading an …

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  • New study shows early reading in any language helps children learn to read English

    September 24, 2019

    A new study co-authored by the University of Delaware’s Steven Amendum has found that children who had strong early reading skills in their native Spanish language when they entered kindergarten experienced greater growth in their ability to read Engli …

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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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  • Faculty Awarded $3.3 million Dept. of Education Grant

    February 15, 2019

    Research grant will fund professional development to benefit English learners Steve Amendum and colleagues from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are seeking to develop a comprehensive teacher professional development …

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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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  • Improving ELA instruction in DE classrooms

    August 30, 2017

    Literacy professors Josh Wilson and Charles MacArthur received an IES grant to study the effect PEG Writing software has on nearly 3,000 students from Red Clay School District in grades 3-5. The grant partners them with Gaysha Beard, supervisor of Red Clay’s English language arts (ELA). 

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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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