The College of Education has been awarded two $1.5 million grants from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education. IES grants are highly competitive and are nationally recognized for the contributions they make to education research. The College of Education has been awarded four IES grants: one in 2007, another in 2012 and two this year.
Professor Evelyn Johnson received a grant to develop an observation tool to evaluate and improve special education teachers’ use of evidence-based practices. An important goal of the study is to provide special education teachers with the feedback and guidance they need to better serve students with disabilities.
Research associate professor Lindsey Turner was awarded a grant to examine barriers and facilitators to creating physically active classrooms. As part of the study, Turner’s team will evaluate strategies to help teachers implement physical activity breaks and study the impacts on students’ academic outcomes.
“The extraordinary achievements of Evelyn Johnson and Lindsey Turner highlight the important research happening in the College of Education,” said Dean Rich Osguthorpe. “IES grants are the most prestigious and well-known awards in the field of education research. Receiving two IES grants in one year is an accomplishment that few universities in the country achieve, and we are very proud to have such distinguished faculty members in our college who are able to win this type of research award.”