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  • Improving Student Learning

    January 10, 2020

    Shaping minds is a big responsibility, one that teachers in classrooms across America embrace every day. With the introduction of Common Core or state standards in math, science and English, teachers are tasked with delivering rigorous material in ways …

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  • Nancy C. Jordan appointed to Dean Family Endowed Professorship for Teacher Education

    March 21, 2019

    Nancy C. Jordan, a renowned expert on how young children learn and retain mathematical knowledge, has become the first faculty member appointed to the Dean Family Endowed Professorship for Teacher Education in the University of Delaware’s School of Edu …

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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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  • Math Ed professor to study mathematics motivation and engagement

    January 6, 2018

    When children are young, they are mathematically curious all of the time. We hear them challenging each other to count to the highest number, chatting about the concept of infinity, and identifying patterns in games that ask them  to “pick the item tha …

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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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  • Evaluating Ed.D.’s ELP Capstone

    January 30, 2017

    UD researchers look at value of doctor of education capstone process In education leadership programs across the country, doctor of education (Ed.D.) candidates are tasked with identifying a significant educational problem or challenge facing the organ …

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  • Playful Design

    May 27, 2016

    Early childhood education students partnered with mechanical engineering students to design developmentally-appropriate toys for young children. As a result of this successful collaboration, some toys have been identified as potential products for a toy manufacturer.

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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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  • Predicting and addressing difficulties with fractions

    January 12, 2016

    In 2010, the Center for Improving the Learning of Fractions (CILF) was established at the University of Delaware. As part of a $10 million center grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, Nancy C. Jordan, professor of learning sciences in UD’s Sc …

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  • Making education fast, fun, cheap, useful

    December 8, 2015

    Robert L. Hampel, professor, history of education, is crafting a book that will provide an  historical overview of education in the United States. Titled Fast, Fun, Easy, Cheap and Useful: A History of Shortcuts in and around American Education this bo …

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