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Dissertation fellowship in literacy education 2011 award winners announced

Biggs.jpgA.Frederick.jpgThe Robert Schreiner Reading Fellowship competition is open to Ph.D. candidates in reading education who have completed course work, written and oral comprehensive examinations, and have an approved dissertation proposal. The fellowship is designed to support the candidate's dissertation research in reading education. Selection are made on the basis of the importance of the research, the clarity with which it is described, the potential for making a significant contribution to the field, and the probability that the research will be completed in a timely manner. Two individuals are co-winners of the 2011 award, Amy Frederick and Brad Biggs.

Amy Frederick's research interest is in how bilingual children learn to read in English and how their teachers can best support their success in literacy and language development. Her dissertation study will investigate the decision-making processes used by a team of educators as they plan literacy instruction for their English learning students. Amy hopes that the in-depth description of the processes undertaken by a successful teacher team will provide educators with a better understanding of how to plan and implement reading instruction for young English learners. Amy has worked in the Saint Paul Public Schools since 1996 as an ELL teacher, program coordinator, and literacy coach. She is currently a Research Fellow with the Minnesota Center for Reading Research and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Brad Biggs' research interests include the preparation of content area teachers to support academic literacy in middle schools and high schools. His dissertation study investigates a newly designed, online and face-to-face disciplinary reading instruction course developed from Minnesota Board of Teaching standards for all content area preservice teachers. Brad hopes that analysis of course design and preservice teacher dispositions and understandings will aid postsecondary educators as they prepare teaching candidates to meet federal and state teacher standards. Brad was a secondary educator for 17 years, first in a small town and later in an inner-city setting. He is a graduate instructor at the University of Minnesota and coordinates the Center for College Readiness's reading program for Minnesota State Community and Technical College and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

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