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 Award
    2009-10 Candace S. Bos Innovative Grant Award Winners
    Alison Whitely
    Slater Elementary
    Lakewood, CO

    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.

    Sara Burton
    Beth Jacob School
    New York, NY

    Get Organized!
    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.

    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.  
    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

    Lyn Hoffmaster
    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.) $1,000

    Laurie Bickett
    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

    Florence Williams
    435 Yale Blvd.
    St.Charles, MO 63301

    "Early Intervention to Prevent Reading Failure" $600
    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