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NCER announces FY 2018 Awards

Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.305A)

Through the National Center for Education Research, IES recently made 60 new awards under the Education Research Grants Program (CFDA 84.305A) to applications considered under the August 2017 deadline. The total spending for all awards under CFDA 84.305A is approximately $121 million. Click on the title of each project to get more information about each award:

Cognition and Student Learning

Developing a Deeper Understanding of the Cognitive Processes that Drive Multiple Text Comprehension
Arizona State University, Danielle McNamara

Gender Stereotypes in STEM: Exploring Developmental Patterns for Prevention
University of Washington, Allison Master

The Efficacy of From Here to There: A Dynamic Technology for Improving Algebraic Understanding
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Erin Ottmar

Early Learning Programs and Policies

A Longitudinal Efficacy Study of the Montessori Preschool Model on Academic and Social-Emotional Outcomes
American Institutes for Research (AIR), Ann-Marie Faria

Evaluating Quality Interactions in Preschool Classrooms Around Math: Development of a Video-based Observation Tool
Erikson Institute, Jennifer McCray

Causal Effects of the Kindergarten Transition Intervention
Ohio State University, Laura Justice

Efficacy of MindUP on Pre-Kindergarteners' Development of Social-Emotional Learning Competencies and Academic Skills
Portland State University, Andrew Mashburn

Exploring the Role of Access to School-based Pre-kindergarten: Enrollment and Academic Outcomes under Decentralized and Centralized Enrollment Policies
University of Chicago, Stacy Ehrlich

Examining the Cost-effectiveness of Continuous Improvement Models for Preschool Teachers: Balancing PD Structures to Match Teacher Need
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, April Crawford

Promoting School Readiness Through Emotional Intelligence: An Efficacy Trial of Preschool RULER
Yale University, Craig Bailey

Education Technology

The Development of the Writing Assessment Tool (WAT): An On-line Platform for the Automated Assessment of Writing
Arizona State University, Danielle McNamara

Enhancing Student Learning with an Orchestration Tool for Personalized Teacher-Student Interactions in Classrooms Using Intelligent Tutoring Software Education Technology
Carnegie Mellon University, Vincent Aleven

Developing an Online Learning Environment for Learning Algebra by Teaching a Synthetic Peer
Texas A&M University, Noboru Matsuda

Diagnostic Assessment Platform (i-DAP) for High School Statistics Education
University of Notre Dame, Ying Cheng

Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching

Efficacy Replication Study of the Impact of MyTeachingPartner-Secondary (MTP-S)
American Institutes for Research (AIR), Andrew Wayne

What is the Value of Apprenticeship for Teachers? Linking Preservice Mentor Quality to Inservice Teacher and Student Outcomes
American Institutes for Research (AIR), Dan Goldhaber

Exploring Elementary Teachers' Feelings, Beliefs, and Effectiveness across Mathematics, Science, and Literacy
Arizona State University, Leigh McLean

Changing Together: Classroom Observation for Peer Feedback and Reflection (C2)
Educational Testing Service (ETS), Caroline Wylie

Follow-up to the Replicating the CGI Experiment in Diverse Environments Study
Florida State University, Robert Schoen

PDConnect: A Scalable Community Approach to Improving Instruction in AP Chemistry Nationwide
State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, Gregory Rushton

Advancing Middle School Teachers' Understanding of Proportional Reasoning for Teaching
University of Southern California, Yasemin Copur-Gencturk

English Learners

Efficacy of the DCCS Program: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together with Students and Families
Duke University, Leslie Babinski

Efficacy Trial of Text Structure Strategy Instruction on the Web for Spanish-Speaking English Learners (SWELL) in Grades 4 and 5
Texas A&M University, Kausalai Wijekumar

What Does It Take to Develop Writing Skills for Spanish-speaking English Learners? A Longitudinal Examination of Co-development of Language, Cognitive, and Writing Skills
University of California, Irvine, Young-Suk Kim

Young Children in Dual Language Education Programs: Language of Instruction, Engagement, Self-concept, Approaches to Learning, and Student-Teacher Relationships as Contributors to Academic Outcomes
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dore LaForett

Improving Education Systems

Evaluation of Gifted and Talented Program Practices and Student Outcomes
American Institutes for Research (AIR), Dan Goldhaber

Reducing Achievement Gaps at Scale Through a Brief Self-Affirmation Intervention
American Institutes for Research (AIR), Trisha Borman

Postsecondary and Adult Education

Multiple-choice Online Causal Comprehension Assessment for Postsecondary Students (MOCCA-College): Measuring Individual Differences in Reading Comprehension Ability of Struggling College Readers by Text Type
California State University, Chico, Ben Seipel

A Leaky Pipeline: Community College Students and Pathways to the Bachelor's Degree
City University of New York (CUNY), Alexandra Logue

The Effects of College Aid Programs: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Development Services Group, Inc., RobinLaSota

Identifying Risk Factors and Predictors of Literacy Skills for Adults Performing at the Lowest Levels of PIAAC in the United States
Georgia State University, Elizabeth Tighe

Enhancing Undergraduate STEM Education by Integrating Mobile Learning Technologies with Natural Language Processing
Purdue University, MuhsinMenekse

Efficacy of Viridis Learning Tool: A Technology-Based Approach to Advising and Job Matching
RAND Corporation, Rita Karam

Evaluating Incentives for Full-time Enrollment at California Community Colleges
University of California, Davis, Francisco Martorell

Underrepresented Student Learning in Online Introductory STEM College Courses
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Michelle Perry

Reading and Writing

A Regression Discontinuity Study of the Impact of ALFA Lab on 9th-Graders' Reading Achievement, Motivation, and Reading Frequency
Johns Hopkins University, Douglas Mac Iver

Sense-Making in the Disciplines: Supporting Reading and Argumentation in Literature and History
Northwestern University, Carol Lee

Malleable Instructional Factors Associated with Beginning Word Reading
Oregon Research Institute, Patricia Vadasy

Efficacy Trial of the We-Write Intervention with 4th- and 5th-Grade Students
Texas A&M University, Kausalai Wijekumar

A Close Inspection of the Academic Language Used by K-3 Students
University of South Florida, Trina Spencer

Reading RULES in Kindergarten: Development of a Small-Group Intervention to Support Emergent Reading and Writing
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Carolyn Denton

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Efficacy Study of an Integrated Science and Literacy Curriculum for Young Learners
SRI International, Christopher Harris

Social and Behavioral Context for Academic Learning

Promoting School Belongingness and Academic Performance: A Multisite Replication Trial of a Scalable Student Mindset Intervention
American Institutes for Research (AIR), Trisha Borman

The Relation of Gender-Integrated Classroom Climate to Students' Academic Outcomes
Arizona State University, Carol Lynn Martin

Investigation of How and for Whom the Positive Action Social-Emotional and Character Development Program Has Its Effects on Student Behavior and Academic Achievement
Boise State University, Carl Siebert

A Study of "Discipline in the Secondary Classroom": A Positive Approach to Behavior Management
SRI International, W. Carl Sumi

Testing the Efficacy of Zoo U for Improving Children's Social and Emotional Outcomes
RTI International, Michael Willoughby

The Role of Diet in Behavior and Academic Outcomes in Middle School Students
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Sylvie Mrug

Development and Pilot Testing of the Sleep to Enhance Educational Performance in Schools (SLEEPS) Curriculum
University of Minnesota, Clayton Cook

Identifying Discrete and Malleable Indicators of Culturally Responsive Instruction and Discipline
University of Missouri, Columbia, Keith Herman

Testing the Efficacy of INSIGHTS for Promoting Positive Learning Environments and Academic Achievement in Nebraska: A Replication Study
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Gwen Nugent

Adaptation of an Effective Tier II Behavior Intervention for Students in Secondary Schools
University of Oregon, K. Brigid Flannery

Development of an Instructional Alternative to Out-of-School Suspension: The Instructional Suspension Learning Alternative (ISLA)
University of Oregon, Rhonda Nese

Pathways to Success in the Transition to High School: Testing Efficacy for Improving 8th and 9th Grade Academic Outcomes
University of Southern California, Daphna Oyserman

Examining the Efficacy of RULER on School Climate, Teacher Well-being, Classroom Climate, and Student Outcomes
University of Virginia, Jason Downer

A Conceptual Replication of BEST in CLASS: An Efficacy Study of BEST in CLASS-Elementary
Virginia Commonwealth University, Kevin Sutherland

Efficacy Study of Adventures Aboard the S.S.GRIN: Social, Emotional, and Academic Skills
WestEd, StevenSchneider

Special Topics: Arts in Education

Exploring Links Between Arts Education and Academic Outcomes in the International Baccalaureate
University of Maryland, College Park, Kenneth Elpus

Special Topics: Career Technical Education

Does Applied STEM CTE Strengthen the College and Career Pipeline for Low-Income High School Students?
University of California, Santa Barbara, Michael Gottfried

Special Topics: Systemic Approaches to Educating Highly Mobile Students

School Support, School Connectedness, and the Educational Outcomes of Military-Connected Students: An Exploratory Study of Student Mobility
Boston University, Renee Spencer