Doctoral Students Awarded Project Grants to Support the Development of Creative Projects for Students with Learning Disabilities

The College of Education congratulates Erica Fry and Zhina Shen, doctoral students in the Department of Special Education, who have been awarded a Candace S. Bos Innovative Project Grant from the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD).

The Candace S. Bos Innovative Projects grants support doctoral students, teachers and other personnel who provide services to students with learning disabilities as they develop creative projects to enhance instruction, curriculum, action research and service delivery for students with learning disabilities.

With the mentorship of her advisor, Dr. Jessica Toste, Erica’s dissertation research will study the impact of an online professional learning community (PLC) to promote data-based instruction and social-emotional learning for early career special education teachers. Zhina, who works under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Powell, will study the effect of concrete representational abstract (CRA) framework with schema embedded intervention on word problem solving (WPS) for students with mathematics difficulties.

Erica and Zhina will be officially recognized for their grant awards at the 2023 CEC Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.