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Research Faculty at FCRR have tenure-earning appointments in one of the Colleges at Florida State University. They conduct research that is supported by grants from various Federal agencies and private foundations. Current research grants at FCRR exceed $10 million a year. Projects include:

United States Department of Education


Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (PIRT) Fellowship
Christopher Lonigan
Total Award: $4,986,549 (additional $4,998,353 renewal)
Duration: 9/1/04 – 8/31/10 (extended 8/31/14)
This fellowship is providing advanced research training to doctoral students of psychology, education, communication disorders, and other disciplines.

Postdoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Fellowship
Christopher Lonigan
Total Award: $705,627
Duration: 3/1/05 – 2/28/10
This fellowship is providing support for postdoctoral researchers through a fellowship stipend, insurance, conference travel and a lab account.

A Randomized Trial of Preschool Instructional Strategies to Improve School Performance and Reduce Use of Special Education
Christopher Lonigan
Total Award: $3,299,598
Duration: 6/1/06 – 5/31/10
This study is evaluating the degree to which different preschool curricula and combinations positively affect outcomes for children with or at high risk for special education classification.

Child-by-Instruction Interactions in Literacy: Examining Causal Effects of Individualized Instruction in Second and Third Grade
Carol Connor
Total Award: $3,000,000
Duration: 7/1/07 – 5/31/11
This study is replicating, in rural schools, the first, second, and third grade findings that individualizing literacy instruction, supported by Assessment-to-Instruction (A2i) software; results in significantly stronger student reading outcomes.

Using Educational Television to Enhance Young Children’s’ Language & Vocabulary Skills
Beth Phillips
Total Award: $1,387,041
Duration: 7/1/08 – 6/30/11
This study is developing and documenting the feasibility, applicability to diverse settings, and fidelity of implementation of an intervention designed to enhance and accelerate the vocabulary and language acquisition of at-risk preschool children.

Test of Emergent Writing Skills
Christopher Lonigan
Total Award: $1,133,667
Duration: 7/1/08 – 6/30/12
This study is developing a test of emergent writing skills for preschool children that will be useful for both educators and researchers in the assessments of children’s literacy from age three to five.

Development of a Comprehensive Assessment System for Spanish-speaking English Language Learners’ Early Literacy Skills
Christopher Lonigan
Total Award: $1,773,387
Duration: 4/1/09 – 3/31/13
This study is evaluating the degree to which different preschool curricula and combinations positively affect outcomes for children with or at high risk for special education classification.

Improving Deaf Preschoolers’ Literacy Skills with Georgia State University
Carol Connor
Total Award: $63,934
Duration: 7/1/06 – 6/30/10
This study is designing and implementing intervention materials for literacy development of children with normal hearing sensitivity and of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.


National Institutes of Health


Child-Instruction Interactions: Causal Effects on Reading
Carol Connor
Total Award: $2,328,725
Duration: 9/1/05 – 7/31/10
This study is creating and evaluating an approach to professional development and technology use designed to enable teachers to provide effective individualized reading instruction that can enhance children’s early reading skills.

Learning Disabilities: Multidisciplinary Research Center
Richard Wagner
Total Award: $6,187,093*
Duration: 9/1/05 – 7/31/10
This study is creating and evaluating an approach to professional development and technology use designed to enable teachers to provide effective individualized reading instruction that can enhance children’s early reading skills.
(*) total award includes ARRA & diversity supplement funds

Cognitive and Social Outcomes of Preschool Curricula with University of Texas at Houston
Christopher Lonigan
Total Award: $2,364,452
Duration: 9/30/05 – 6/30/10
This study evaluates preschool curricula for children ages 2-3 and pre-k children from low SES backgrounds.

Markers and Mechanisms for Early Reading Failure with University of Maryland
Christopher Schatschneider
Total Award: $145,032
Duration: 8/1/06 – 5/31/11
This study explores the markers and mechanisms leading to early reading failure through a study conducted by the University of Maryland.

Environmental Influences on Early Reading: A Twin Study with The Ohio State University
Christopher Schatschneider
Total Award: $72,026
Duration: 1/11/06 – 3/31/11
This longitudinal study is investigating the genetic and environmental influences on reading development in twins.

Promoting the School Readiness Skills of Spanish-speaking English Language Learners
Christopher Lonigan
Total Award: $2,751,220
Duration: 2/1/09 – 12/31/13
This study is evaluating the benefits of an academically-focused preschool curriculum on the school readiness skills and subsequent academic achievement of children who are Spanish-speaking English language learners.

Intensive Reading Remediation in Grade 2 of 3: Are there Effects a Decade Later with Syracuse University
Christopher Schatschneider
Total Award: $56,705
Duration: 4/15/09 – 2/28/11
This study investigates the effects of intensive reading remediation through a longitudinal study conducted by Syracuse University.


Florida Department of Education


Florida Assessment for Instruction in Reading (FAIR)
Barbara Foorman
Total Award: $2,500,000
Duration: 7/1/09 – 6/30/10
This project hosts the Progress Monitoring and Reporting Network v3.0 (PMRN) and provides technical assistance and professional development to FAIR master trainers. The projects also conducts field testing for listening and reading comprehension passages and vocabulary items for the K-2 FAIR system.

Florida Teacher Quality Grants Program
Barbara Foorman
Total Award: $852,045*
Duration: 7/6/09 – 6/30/11
This professional development project seeks to increase teachers’ knowledge of discipline-specific content and literacy practices to enable all students to access content of the Next Generation Sunshine State Literacy Standards.
(*) total includes expected cycle 2&3 funding


RMC Research Corporation


Center on Instruction – Reading Strand
Barbara Foorman
Total Award: $2,500,000
Duration: 10/1/05 – 6/30/10
This project is developing resources and providing technical assistance to guide the work of 16 Regional Comprehensive Centers and their work with states to improve educational policy and practices in K-12 literacy.

 

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