The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded a Goal 3 Efficacy grant of nearly $3.3 million to CPRE Senior Researcher Specialists Abigail Gray and Philip Sirinides (University of Pennsylvania). To implement this research, CPRE is partnering with The School District of Philadelphia (PI Tonya Wolford, PhD).Brooks Bowden, PhD of North Carolina State University will lead the cost study component of the project.
Principal Investigator Gray and Co-PI Sirinides will lead a mixed-methods study of the impacts and implementation of Zoology One, an integrated literacy and science curriculum for improving the reading, writing, and science achievement of kindergarten students. Developed by American Reading Company, Zoology One is a daily, 120-minute curriculum that tightly integrates literacy and science instruction in the first year of school. The curriculum has been used by more than 18,000 kindergarten students nationwide. An estimated 2,400 kindergarten students in 80 classrooms, will participate in the multi-site cluster-randomized trial over two school years. Long-term impacts will be assessed in first and second grades.
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