Awards & Honors

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)

With a $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Caroline Ebby developed and piloted research-based formative assessment tools and routines for the early elementary grades. She and her team will be providing professional development and ongoing support throughout the 2017-18 school year for 275 School District of Philadelphia teachers. Dr. Ebby is collaborating with the Ongoing Assessment Project to translate research findings on student learning of number and operations into ways for teachers to regularly assess student understanding and develop targeted instructional responses.  
(Posted 4/13/2017)

Ameena Ghaffar-Kucher has been elected to the Comparative and International Educational Society (CIES) Board of Directors. She will serve a three year term. The society's over 2,500 members conduct research that focuses on schools, students, teachers and administrators, and on issues spanning early childhood and basic education to secondary and higher education, as well as non-formal education and life-long learning. 
(Posted 4/7/2017)

Nelson Flores is the winner of the 2017 AERA Early Career Award in Bilingual Education Research. The award recognizes an individual in the early stages of his or her career whose work stands out for its excellence in moving the field forward. The selection committee also considered each candidate’s potential for continued prominence in bilingual education, and recognized Dr. Flores's potential to add new knowledge to the field. The award will be presented at the 2017 AERA BER SIG business meeting in San Antonio. 
(Posted 2/17/2017)

Laura Perna of Penn AHEAD has received a $500,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation for the project, “Improving Equity in Higher Education Attainment in the United States.” Dr. Perna and the Penn AHEAD team will continue their work with the Pell Institute on the Indicators of Higher Education Equity reports, identifying best practices of colleges and universities that enroll and graduate high shares of low-income students. 
(Posted 2/15/2017)