Awards & Honors

Sharon Wolf was awarded approximately $420,000 by the British Academy for a longitudinal follow-up of children from project “Assessing Sustained Impacts of the Quality Preschool for Ghana Teacher Training Intervention on Children’s Early Primary Grade Outcomes.” This project will follow the children from the original study for an additional year as they transition into primary school to assess sustained impacts of the intervention.


(Posted 9/19/2017)

Yasmin Kafai and her project partner Michael Eisenberg from University of Colorado-Boulder received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for their project “Debugging by Design: Developing a Tool Set for Debugging with Electronic Textiles to Promote Computational and Engineering Thinking in High School.” The goal is to strengthen teachers’ and students’ computational and engineering thinking by helping them to become better at locating and fixing problems in their software and circuit designs. The project will investigate a new instructional approach in which students and teachers themselves (rather than the researchers) will design their own debugging activities and materials with electronic textiles.


(Posted 9/19/2017)

Ryan Baker was granted a $99,972 award from the Office of Naval Research for the project “Toward Learning Analytics on U.S. Navy Training Data.” This project will use U.S. Navy training data to attempt to better understand what training experiences are associated with differences in outcomes afterwards.


(Posted 9/18/2017)

Nelson Flores has received a $70,000 grant from the National Academy of Education for the project, “Radical Neoliberalism: Bilingual Education in the School District of Philadelphia.” The project examines efforts of Latino community activists to institutionalize bilingual education in the 1970s, and the vision of contemporary bilingual education activists as they open bilingual charter schools.


(Posted 8/31/2017)

Susan Yoon received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the project, “BioGraph 2.0–Online professional development for high school biology teachers for teaching and learning about complex systems.” The goal is to provide professional development at low to no cost by enabling online access to high quality activities that will include video tutorials, a discussion and collaboration forum, and mechanisms for teachers to share best practices.


(Posted 8/7/2017)

Sharon Wolf received a $56,000 grant as a researcher in the project “Developing, testing, and scaling-up supply- and demand-side interventions to improve kindergarten educational quality in Ghana.” Funded by the World Bank Strategic Evaluation Fund (SIEF), this award is part of a larger project/partnership among the University of Pennsylvania, Innovations for Poverty Action, New York University, and two partner organizations in Ghana. 


(Posted 7/26/2017)

Sharon Wolf has been named an AERA-SRCD Early Career Fellow in Early Childhood Education and Development. This joint initiative between the American Educational Research Association and the Society for Research in Child Development seeks to build an early career cohort of scholars with integrative interests and expertise at the nexus of child development and formal/informal education and learning in their broader social context.


(Posted 7/11/2017)

Amy Stornaiuolo has won a $70,000 fellowship award through the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for her project, "Developing Data Literacy with Adolescents: Supporting Youth as Authors, Architects, and Interpreters of Data.” The project will investigate how high school students use data to develop actionable knowledge, particularly through data visualizations.  


(Posted 7/11/2017)

Sharon Wolf has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison as Principal Investigator of a study, “Effects of State Safety Net and Labor Policies on Family Economic Stability in the Aftermath of the Great Recession” with co-PI Dr. Taryn Morrissey of American University. The study will assess how state social and labor policies impacted families' economic stability and well-being in the aftermath of the recession.


(Posted 7/11/2017)

Robert Boruch was awarded a $35,000 grant from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) to support a visiting fellow from India. Under Dr. Boruch’s guidance, the fellow will be studying methods of evaluating programs, policies, and projects. The grant runs from September 2017 to May 2018. Established in 1936 in Mumbai, TISS supports programs in the fields of education, social services, violence prevention, and related areas.


(Posted 7/5/2017)