UK College of Education Partners on $4.2 Million Grant to Help Schools Serving Fort Campbell Families
by Amanda Nelson
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Education is part of a $4.5 million grant awarded to two school systems that serve military connected families from Fort Campbell, Ky. The “Parent Partners for Student Success” grant was awarded by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to Christian County Schools in Kentucky and Montgomery County Schools in Tennessee. Both districts border Fort Campbell, home of the third largest military population in the army and seventh largest in the Department of Defense.
The overall goal of the grant is to develop a sustainable parent engagement model and literacy intervention program for military families. UK College of Education faculty will provide tailored professional development to meet the needs of parents, teachers and volunteers. Their efforts will assist students to succeed as 21st century learners and prepare them for reading proficiency and college and career readiness through the use of new communication and instructional technologies.
Joan Mazur, professor in the UK College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will serve as principal investigator. Laurie Henry, associate professor in Curriculum and Instruction and interim department chair, will serve as co-principal investigator. Erin Stevenson, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation and director of the College of Education Evaluation Center, will provide evaluation for the project.
“The Parent Partners for Student Success grant is an excellent opportunity for the UK College of Education to meet its land grant mission and provide expertise and support to the many thousands of military connected families and children in Kentucky.” Mazur said. “We have an excellent partnership team and through this work will open up opportunities to use new tools and resources so that military families and the teachers who serve them can form a robust, mobile community of learners, wherever they are stationed."