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Eccarius receives $1.2M grant to train educators of deaf

Malinda Eccarius

CYFS faculty affiliate Malinda Eccarius recently received a four-year, $1.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant aimed at helping 25 K-12 instructors earn teaching endorsements in deaf education.

Eccarius’ “Mountain Prairie Upgrade Partnership-Itinerant” (MPUP-I) project will prepare instructors in regular and special education to become itinerant teachers – those qualified to assist students who are deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) but take classes with their hearing peers.

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CYFS hosts meeting of prominent family-school minds

The great irony of research on family-school partnerships is that its scholars have yet to fully tap the potential of collaboration.

With this in mind, CYFS recently spearheaded a movement to forge ties and unify research among leaders in the field.

The Center catalyzed these efforts by hosting more than 20 family-school partnership researchers at a national meeting held September 19-21 in Omaha, Neb.

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CYFS sponsors middle and high school engineering retreats

It takes years to develop the knowledge and expertise necessary to practice engineering. As Nebraska’s science and math teachers recently showed, however, it takes only a day to sow seeds of interest in the field.

The 2010 UNL Excellence in Engineering Education Institute, coordinated by CYFS and UNL’s Nebraska Transportation Center, gave dozens of Nebraska’s middle and high school students the chance to learn about the foundations and numerous applications of engineering. The mid-July retreats – held in Lincoln, Omaha, Lexington and Hastings, Neb. – were led by nearly 30 teachers who developed lesson plans during UNL’s Professional Development Math and Science Summer Technology Institute in June.

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CYFS affiliate Knoche receives champion award

Lisa Knoche

Dr. Lisa Knoche, research assistant professor with the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, was selected for the State Champion Award by the Region VII Head Start Association.

The State Champion Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment in the improvement of the lives of children, youth and families. Dr. Knoche will be honored at the opening session of the 2010 Region VII Head Start Association Annual Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on May 25th.

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CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood

The first CYFS Summit on Research in Early Childhood was held April 14, 2010 at the Holiday Inn in downtown Lincoln. Approximately 100 early childhood researchers, practitioners and administrators, and policy representatives participated.

The day-long event was designed to communicate cutting edge research findings in early childhood emanating from CYFS; link early childhood research with ongoing efforts in the early childhood field of practice; and advance the science of early childhood education and development via connections between community partners, key stakeholders, early childhood practitioners and CYFS researchers.

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CYFS to co-sponsor international roundtable

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, along with the Family-School-Community Partnerships and the SIG/AERA Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), are co-sponsoring the 15th International Roundtable on School, Family, and Community Partnerships on Friday, April 30, 2010, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

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Two CYFS researchers receive professorships

Susan Sheridan and Kimberly EspyCongratulations to Susan Sheridan and Kimberly Espy, who received professorships at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s annual All University Honors Convocation April 18, 2010.

Susan Sheridan, director of CYFS and R2Ed, was awarded the George Holmes University Professorship, supported by the University of Nebraska Foundation from the estate of George Holmes, a prominent Lincoln businessman, civic leader and philanthropist of the 1920s. Recipients are faculty who demonstrate an extraordinary level of scholarly or creative achievement and clear potential for continuing major accomplishments that enhance the reputation of the University of Nebraska. Recipients also evidence excellence in teaching and outreach and extensive involvement and service in furthering the University’s missions, including leadership in national or international organizations in their field.

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