Millions of dollars are going towards helping teachers teach. To teach you must first learn, and that's why the Florida Center for Reading Research is working to improve instruction in reading.
Dr. Marcia Kosanovich, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Project, says, "As you know, we have a lot of students who struggle to learn to read. Our goal is to provide high quality professional development to teachers, to help them become better reading teachers. We're trying to increase the knowledge of teaching reading as well as provide effective instructional materials to teachers as they teach reading."
FCRR is a research group under FSU's learning systems institute. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded it $2.3 million. This will help the center expand its focus nationally at 16 regional comprehensive centers.
Stephanie Alotaiba, an FSU professor, says, "We're going to be involved in working to develop materials to help teachers do a better job at teaching children how to read and write and listen and speak. Hopefully we're going to have a national impact."
The five-year comprehensive grant is for children of all ages. The goal of the grant is to help all U.S. schools improve instruction to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.