Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy announces grant awardees

Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy announces grant awardees

During December 2021, the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy awarded the third Research Grant Initiative for Implementation Research to Improve Early Language and Literacy Outcomes.

The initiative provides University System of Georgia institutions and state agencies with funds to conduct implementation research on early language and literacy programs for children birth to 8 years old. Utilizing implementation science principles, each awardee designed a study that examines the practices that foster early language and literacy with an understanding of developmental and contextual differences in a manner that allows community organizations, the education sector, and children to safely realize the benefits of early language and literacy and sustain these benefits during and post-pandemic. Each organization received $50,000 for their projects, which run from January 1, 2022–December 31, 2022.

This year’s awardees are:

  • Augusta University, Dr. Kim Barker, “Implementation of CLIMBE: Collaborative Learning in Multi-Sensory Based Environments for Early Childhood”
  • Dalton State College, Dr. Jacquelyn Mesco, “The Roadrunner Reading Clinic: Conception to Implementation”
  • University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., Dr. Hannah Krimm, “Language Use During Face-to-Face and Virtual Shared Book Reading”
  • University of West Georgia, Dr. Lama Farran, “Talk with Me Baby with Natural Helpers: Teaching, Speech-Language Pathology, and Nursing Professions’ Early Language Knowledge”

 

“The Deal Center posits that although there is already a great deal known about factors to consider, the conditions that must be in place, and what to do for early language and literacy development, the question that remains is how do we translate the research into practice,” said Dr. Theresa Magpuri-Lavell, executive director of the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy. “These funds will help create a delivery system for early language and literacy development for children birth to age 8.”

Founded in 2017, the Center’s statewide mission is to increase early language and literacy skills of Georgia’s children by providing research-based professional development. They do that through strategic collaboration, thought leadership, professional mentorship, and investment in innovation.

For more information on the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy, visit https://galiteracycenter.org/

Updated: 2022-01-18
Elizabeth Panther
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