FCRR Researcher Joins Cohort of Florida State University Early Career Scholars

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) researcher and Assistant Professor of Special Education Dr. Laura Steacy has been awarded a 2019 Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Early Career grant. Steacy will receive $500,000 over the next four years to conduct research on ways to support students with learning disabilities, including the development of instructional supports for students with dyslexia. A mentorship component of the award will allow Steacy to build her expertise in reading theory, dyslexia, and new methodologies.

Dr. Laura Steacy

Dr. Laura Steacy, FCRR researcher and Assistant Professor of Special Education

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to research ways to support teachers teaching students with dyslexia,” Steacy stated. “This work is designed to help teachers better serve children with dyslexia by providing them with advanced word reading and decoding strategies. These strategies will allow students to move from reading simple, one-syllable words to more complex multisyllabic and multimorphemic words.”

Steacy joins her fellow Assistant Professors of Special Education in the School of Teacher Education Drs. Jenny Root and Veronica Fleury, and Assistant Professor of Science Education Dr. Lama Jabar in receiving early career awards. Dr. Root is also a 2019 recipient of the IES Early Career grant while Dr. Fleury received the award in 2018. Dr. Jabar recently received the National Science Foundation CAREER grant.

Our faculty have always been on the cutting edge of reading research and Laura continues this tradition with her Early Career Award.
Dr. Don Compton, FCRR Director

“Our faculty have always been on the cutting edge of reading research and Laura continues this tradition with her Early Career Award,” stated FCRR Director Dr. Don Compton. “I expect this work to positively influence instruction for children with dyslexia. It’s great to share such gifted faculty with the College of Education.”

The Florida Center for Reading Research is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University that explores all aspects of reading research — basic research into literacy-related skills for typically developing readers and those who struggle, studies of effective prevention and intervention, and psychometric work on formative assessment. For more information, please contact Nathan Archer at narcher@fcrr.org.