NCTE Awards Grant to Warner

A $15,000 grant to the Warner School will allow childhood teachers at Henry Hudson School 28 in the Rochester City School District to collaborate with University faculty to construct rich classroom environments where excitement abounds and learning is dynamic in the face of external demands. Funded by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Research Foundation, the collaborative project will support urban teachers in conducting research on their own practice to better understand how to cope with external standardizing mandates and to investigate how these demands impact the teaching and learning of literacy in their classrooms.

Teachers and researchers will apply the new funding over the course of one year and will specifically explore new questions that have surfaced as the teachers encounter new standards, tests, and requirements associated with the No Child Left Behind Act. The work will be led by Professor Joanne Larson, chair of teaching and curriculum at the Warner School. Participating teachers from School 28 will include Lynn Astarita Gatto, Rosalie Ortiz, Katie Orem, Ivy Clark, Iliana Rodriguez-Meister, LaShara Evans, Karen McCrossen, Maryrita Maier, Mary Kokinda, and Kerri Cannito.

“As the demands of standardization continue to increase, the pressure intensifies for teachers in K-12 schools to meet these demands,” said Larson. “The collaborative effort will help support and guide teachers as they conduct rigorous research on their own practice, and ultimately, reflect on their knowledge, experience, and investigations and build a professional learning environment that supports progressive teaching and learning of literacy. We will share what we learn so that School 28 can lead the way for other public schools nationwide.”

The idea for this research project grew from previous work in which Larson and teachers at School 28 have worked together in a professional learning community to support the teaching and learning of literacy. This collaborative research project will build on these long-term relationships and explore new questions.

The Warner School is committed to bridging research and practice to promote change that will lead to greater excellence and equity in education. Through ongoing research and partnerships with local schools and community agencies, the Warner School faculty will continue to look for new ways to improve education, create new initiatives, and help shape the future of education.

NCTE consists of 50,000 individual and institutional members worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public works, and to achieve full participation in society through the learning and teaching of English and related arts and sciences languages. Through its Research Foundation, the council supports research projects related to the teaching of language and literacies. To learn more about the council, visit www.ncte.org.

Tags: equity, Joanne Larson, Lynn Gatto, National Council of Teachers of English, No Child Left Behind, research, Rochester City School District