Candace S. Bos Innovative Project Grants Winners
DLD's Candace S. Bos Innovative Projects grants support doctoral students, teachers, and other pupil services personnel who provide services to students with learning disabilities as they develop creative projects to enhance instruction, curriculum, action research, and service delivery. DLD allots a yearly total of $5,000 for support, funding individual projects from $100 to $1,000. Applicants must be members of DLD. Applications are due 15 October of each year.
Candace S. Bos Innovative Grant Award Winners
Recipient Project Title/Description Award2009-10 Candace S. Bos Innovative Grant Award Winners Alison Whitely
Improving Reading Comprehension
Improving Reading Comprehension focuses on using direct instruction and metacognitive strategy instruction to raise students with disabilities’ reading comprehension scores. The goal of this project is to improve the reading fluency and comprehension of 4th- through 6th-grade students with reading disabilities using the Neuhaus Education Center’s Developing Metacognitive Skills curriculum.
The average growth the nine students made on the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) was 13 months. Students made as much as 24 months growth and as little as no growth. A comparison of Colorado state test scores showed that, in reading, seven students moved their previous reading scores by 3% and, in writing, five students moved their previous scores by 3%. Three out of the nine students had 3% growth in both reading and writing. All nine students took the Acuity reading test at the beginning and the end of the 2009-2010 school year. Six of the nine students demonstrated 3% growth.
$225 Sara Burton
Beth Jacob School
New York, NY
Get Organized! is designed to help students at risk improve their organizational and time management skills. The goals of this project include increasing time-on-task and reducing homework completion time, helping students prioritize and plan assignment completion, improving students’ self-efficacy and attitudes toward homework completion, and helping students with LD remain in general education classrooms by maintaining grade-level expectations.
Parents noted their children’s increased self-confidence and improved time-on-task in regards to homework. In addition, teachers reported that students improved their organizational and time management skills and requested funding from the Parent-Teacher Association to continue this project for the coming school year.
$570 Holly Baker Hill
University of Texas
San Antonio, TX
Making the Connection: Working with Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities
Making the Connection focuses on an intervention with parents who are on active duty with the U. S. military. The goals of this project are to (1) increase parents’ knowledge regarding current LD research, (2) introduce and model research-based literacy strategies that parents can implement at home, (3) build a resource library for parents to access using Moodle, (3) offer support and guidance to parents of children with LD living in a military community, and (4) empower parents in making future educational decisions for their children with LD.
$10002004-2005 Teresa M. Bitti
Clawson High School
101 John M. Street
Clawson, MI 48076
Literacy for All Students
Literacy for All Students provides high school students with learning disabilities access to the general education curriculum through assisted technology. The goals of this project are to: (1) build student's confidence, (2) provide knowledge to organize their thoughts, and (3) build their vocabulary and word comprehension.
$1,000 Linda Johnson
Crescent High School
9104 Hwy. 81 S.
Iva, SC 29655
Dressed to Work
Dressed to Work focuses on strengthening critical job skills to be successful in the world of work. The goals of this project are: (1) to prepare students to recognize the dress expectations associated with certain jobs (2) to prepare the students to exhibit appropriate work habit and behaviors (3) to prepare students to be responsible for personal hygiene and appearance.
$1,0002003-2004 Barbara Pfeiler
Dubuque Senior High School
1800 Clark Dr.
Dubuque, IA 52001
Organization Binder and Success in the Classroom
Students each receive a binder to help their organization in general education classes. Organization strategies will be taught. Study skills teachers will also establish communication with parents to reinforce the study skills and use of the binder.
$1,000 Jodi Thurman and Gretchen Gerfen
Hazelwood West Middle School
#1 Wildcat Lane
Hazelwood, MO 63042
Kids Are Readers
The Read Naturally program will focus on speed of reading within a given passage, improve oral reading, and boost reading confidence. Improvement in comprehension will also be a focus.
$1,000 Christina Godard
Biglerville Elementary School
3270 Biglerville Road
Biglerville, PA 17307
Literacy Learning Kits: School to Home Connection
Literacy kits will be developed and sent home with students who have been identified as needing intensive support to reach grade level benchmarks. These kits may include: KEEP BOOKS©, word study cards, making words mats, decoding notebook, games, writing folders. Parents will be trained to provide support at home.
$1,0002002-2003 Judith A. Erickson
Leavenworth High School
Basehor-Linwood High School
Tonganoxie High School Leavenworth County Special Education Cooperative 730 First Terrace Lansing, KS 66043
Career Awareness and Employability is a transition program for students with learning disabilities. Although these students are employed, they are often underemployed in part-time entry-level jobs. This program will provide training that is crucial to the process of selecting obtaining, and maintaining employment. Marcia Donavan
Fort Collins High School
3400 Lambkin Way
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Supports for Success for Multisensory Structured Language Learners is a program for students reading below grade level. The program can be adapted throughout the four high schools in the district. Classroom learning centers will facilitate the small group reading instruction. Students will also learn to subscribe, order, and use recordings from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic. Brenda Swanson
Chamberlain High School
9401 North Boulevard
Tampa, FLA 33612
Lessons in Human Rights and Dignity is a language arts project for learning disabled students. The focus of the project is the lessons learned in human rights and dignity while studying the story of Anne Frank. Students will be able to visit a Holocaust Museum and participate in a "Unity" Multicultural Assembly. Shelly McCoy
Klenk Elementary / Epps Island Elementary
Klein Independent School District
7200 Spring-Cypress Road
Klein, TX 77379-3299
Basal, Waterford, or Saxon: Which Program Enhances Reluctant readers to Succeed? This project focuses on early intervention for reluctant readers using several intervention methods: Basal Reader, Basal Reader and Waterford Computer Program, and Basal Reader and Saxon Phonics Program.2001-2002 Janet Tidwell
Gaston School District
PO Box 68 30 Park Street
Gaston, OR 97119
Each Student Deserves REWARDS (A reading program validated by the Reading Excellence: Word Attack and Rate Development Strategies developed by Anita Archer. The target population is grade 7 through grade 12.) $800 Paul Morgan
Dodson Elementary School
4401 Chandler Rd.
Nashville, TN 37076
Leaping into Literacy! (A multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing, and research activities. The combined efforts of teachers, parents, and administrators will provide immediate and corrective feedback. Students will use LeapPads, an electronic tool that allows books to talk, to assist in reading exercises. Target population is grade 1 through grade 4.) $1,000 Jo Hubbard
Bethesda Elementary School
525 Bethesda School Rd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
United States History: Read All About It! (This approach to history encompasses the use of ability level instructional lessons to teach events in history. Instruction will be infused with pre-reading strategies, visual images to help with retention and recall of information, and mapping techniques to help students retain events in history. Target population is self-contained grades 4 and 5.) $1,000
Rosewood Park Elementary School
2353 Commerce Way
Commerce, CA 90044
A Collaborative Model between a General Education Teacher and a Learning Disabilities Teacher (This project will involve the collaboration of special education teacher and a general education teacher. The focus will be on contextualized reading materials and integrated reading and spelling programs. Target population is grade 4.) $1,0002000-2001
River Bend Academy
Belle Mar Mall
201 Victory Drive, Suite 151
Mankota, MN 56001
"Math Manipulatives/Math Resources" $1,000 David W. Farah
Rome City School District Support Services
112 East Thomas Street
Rome, NY 13440
"From Here to There" $600
435 Yale Blvd.
St.Charles, MO 63301
"Early Intervention to Prevent Reading Failure" $6001999-2000 Sandra Brueck
711 St. Joseph Ave.
Berrien Springs, MI 49103
Reading is Key: Empowering Parents to Teach Their Children How to "Break the Code" $1,000
Patricia L. Hensley
905 Wren School Dr.
Piedmont, S. C. 20673
School Beautification: Landscaping for the Wren High School Self- Contained LD Students $1,000 June Utecht Stepney Elementary School 180 Old Newton Rd. Monroe, CT 06468 Virtually "Volumize" Visual Processing $750 Ronni Waldman Easter Seal Demonstration School 1475 N.W. 14th Ave. Miami, FLA 33125 Creative Cooking: Using Math, Reading, and Writing $500 Ella Karwowski Lincoln Park Middle School 2800 Lafayette Lincoln Park, MI 48146 "Hands to Minds": Hands on Science Lab $400