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 Dr. Xia Chao Receives National Geopgrahic Grant

Dr. Xia ChaoDr. Xia Chao, Professor in the Department of Instructional Leadership in Education, has been awarded a sizable grant from The National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration to support her project, "The Refugee Bilingual Digital Picture Storybook Project: Research for Translocal Action." Her project will depict the unique educational, cultural, social, and linguistic challenges of refugee students in the U.S.. Refugees' lives and experiences will be documented through digital storytelling in their mother tongue and English. This ethnographic study aims to create a translocal space for constructing inclusive and inviting communities. 

Dr. Chao's research focuses on the complex relationship among language, literacy, pedagogy, ideology, and identity in the settings of home, school, and community. Dr. Chao is the recipient of the J. Michael Parker Award of Literacy Research Association and the Outstanding Early Career Scholar Award of American Educational Research Association's Adult Literacy and Adult Education Special Interest Group. Her work has been published in multiple selective peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Literacy Research, Teacher Education Quarterly, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Linguistics and Education, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Urban Education, etc.

Dr. Jason Margolis Awarded Large Grants to Explore Teacher Education

Dr. Jason MargolisDr. Jason Margolis, Professor in the Department of Instructional Leadership in Education, has been awarded two large grants funding projects exploring teacher Education. The Nellie Mae Foundation has named Dr. Margolis as Co-Primary Investigator with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He will be researching teacher leadership by studying the most promising leadership models in the country through a unique-mixed methods design.

Dr. Margolis is also the Co-Primary Investigator on a project entitled "An Impact Evaluation to Inform the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program." This project is funded through The Department of Education through 2020 with extensions through 2023. Dr. Margolis is working with Allison Wellington of Mathematica on this project. The grant is in amount of $2 million and has potential to reach over $7 million, which is one of the largest federally funded contracts any faculty member has received in the School of Education.