Education Research Service Projects (ERSP) Overview of Awards

2021 Awards
2020 Special Call Awards
2019 Awards

2018 Awards
2017 Awards
2016 Awards
2015 Awards

2014 Awards
2013 Awards

Education Research Service Projects (ERSP): Overview of 2021 Awards 

Building Community: Latina Engineering Students Focused Mentorship Program
Principal Investigator(s): Hilda Cecilia Contreras Aguirre (New Mexico State University)
Educational Entity: New Mexico State University College of Engineering

Center for Education Policy Analysis, Research, and Evaluation (CEPARE) Rapid Research Briefs
Principal Investigator(s): Morgaen Donaldson, Professor and Director, Center for Education Policy Analysis, Research, and Evaluation (CEPARE) (University of Connecticut)
Educational Entity:  Connecticut’s 33 Alliance Districts

Immigrant Children as Oral Historians: Creating Space for Transnational and Intergenerational Stories​
Principal Investigator(s): Jungmin Kwon (Michigan State University)
Educational Entity: Hanmaeum Korean Language School

Boundary Crossing for Praxis in the Pursuit of Special Education Racial Equity in Disciplinary Outcomes​
Principal Investigator(s): Catherine Kramarczuk Voulgarides (City University of New York)
Educational Entity: Schenectady School District

Achieving the Dream in College: Understanding Black Student Experiences in a K–12 Precollege Program
Principal Investigator(s): Brian McGowan (American University)
Educational Entity: An Achievable Dream Academies

Making Hunger Visible: Florida Research-Practitioner Partnership on Food Insecurity​
Principal Investigator(s): Lara Perez-Felkner (Florida State University)
Educational Entity: Second Harvest of the Big Bend and Sustainable Campus (Florida State University)

How Community Schools Support Transformative Family Engagement​
Principal Investigator(s): Karen Hunter Quartz (University of California, Los Angeles)
Co-Researchers: Olivia Obeso (University of California, Los Angeles); Marcus Van (Mann UCLA Community School)
Educational Entity: Mann UCLA Community School

Valuing Bilingualism: Linguistically Responsive Instruction for Latinx Students in Rural Areas​
Principal Investigator(s): Diego Román (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Educational Entity: Algoma School District, Wisconsin

Utilizing Propensity Score Methods to Provide Measures of School Quality for the Baltimore City Public Schools System​
Principal Investigator(s): Laura Stapleton (University of Maryland) and Yi Feng (University of Maryland)
Educational Entity: Baltimore City Public Schools

Fostering Scholar Identities among Latina/o/x Community College Students Via Undergraduate Research
Principal Investigator(s): Marissa Vasquez (San Diego State University)
Educational Entity: Imperial Valley College

Education Research Service Projects (ERSP): Overview of 2019 Awards 

Meeting Students Where They Are: Addressing Diverse Experiences of Childhood Adversity In Rural Schools And Communities
Principal Investigator: Catharine Biddle (University of Maine)
Educational Entity: Cobscook Community Learning Center’s Transforming Rural Experience in Education (TREE)

Culturally Relevant Texts for English Learners with Refugee Backgrounds
Principal Investigators: Hyonsuk Cho (University of North Dakota) and Tanya Christ (Oakland University)
Educational Entity: Global Friends Coalition

Cross-Cultural Communication in Healthcare: Training, Education, and Integration
Principal Investigators: Tasha Posid (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center), Cheryl T. Lee (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center), and Michael W. Sourial (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center)
Educational Entity: Physician CareConnection (PCC)

Posing Math Problems about our Community: Investigating the WalkSTEM Club
Principal Investigator: Candace Walkington (Southern Methodist University)
Co-Principal Investigators: Min Wang (Southern Methodist University) and Koshi Dhingra (TalkSTEM)
Educational Entity: TalkSTEM

Education Research Service Projects (ERSP): Overview of 2018 Awards

Exploring Food Insecurity: Engaging Alternative School Students in Youth Participatory Action Research
Principal Investigators: Hannah Baggett (Auburn University) and Sean Forbes (Auburn University)
Educational Entity: Opelika Learning Center

Racial Equity In Independent Schools: Examining the Relationships between School Climate, Student Engagement, & Achievement
Principal Investigator: Kelly Harris (Washington University School of Medicine)
Educational Entity: Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

Supporting Quality Individual Education Program Development and Implementation in Rural East Texas
Principal Investigator: Brittany Hott (Texas A&M University-Commerce)
Educational Entity: Lamar County Shared Service Arrangement

A Toolkit for the Authentic Implementation of Restorative Justice
Principal Investigator: Olivia Marcucci (Washington University in St. Louis)
Educational Entity: Man of Valor, Inc

Enhancing Public School Leadership Capacity for Evidence-Based Decision Making Through Education Research Service Project (ERSP)
Principal Investigator: Xiaoxia Newton (University of Massachusetts Lowell)
Educational Entity: The Career Academy

Examining the Effectiveness of Biliterate Reading/Writing Strategies in a Two-Way Bilingual Program
Principal Investigators: Ana Solano-Campos (University of Massachusetts-Boston) and Meg Burns (Lesley University)
Educational Entity: Mario Umana Academy

Education Research Service Projects (ERSP): Overview of 2017 Awards

Learning Stories from a One-Room Schoolhouse: A Place-Based Research and Service Project
Principal Investigators: Michael Bowman (Iowa State University), Jennifer Gallagher (Iowa State University), and Sarah Pamperin (Iowa State University)
Educational Entity: West Des Moines Historical Society

Closing the Excellence Gap: Understanding How to Promote High Achievement with Students from Underserved Populations
Principal Investigators: Carla B. Brigandi (West Virginia University) and Karen E. Rambo-Hernandez (West Virginia University)
Educational Entity: Health Sciences and Technology Academy

Parental Engagement in a Large, Urban School District for Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners, and Students at Risk for Academic Failure
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth D. Cramer (Florida International University)
Educational Entity: Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Raising Voices: Strategies to Understand, Respect, and Make Heard the Experiences and Perspectives of LGBTQA+ Marginalized Youth
Principal Investigators: Barbara Denis (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Suraj Uttamchandani (Indiana University, Bloomington), with Laura Ingram (Prism Youth Community), Spencer Biery (Indiana University, Bloomington), Aubrie Blauvelt (Indiana University, Bloomington), and Piper Lacy (Indiana University, Bloomington).
Educational Entity: Prism Youth Community

Impact of DCPS Study Abroad on Student Engagement, Learning, and Civic Identity
Principal Investigator: Laura Engel (The George Washington University)
Educational Entity: District of Columbia Public Schools

Racial Equity and Diversity (READ) Curriculum: Grassroots Collectives for Social Justice
Principal Investigators: Mona M. Jenkins (University of Cincinnati), Brittany Aronson (Miami University), and Rachel Radina (Miami University)
Educational Entity: Black Lives Matter Cincinnati

Expanding the Use of Assessment and Evaluation in a Community-Based College Access and Preparation Program
Principal Investigator: Darris R. Means (University of Georgia)
Educational Entity: College Factory

Interrupting the Internalization of Inequality
Principal Investigator: Leigh Patel (Boston College)
Educational Entity: Youth in Action

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Principal Investigators: Alysia D. Roehrig (Florida State University) and Kristal Moore Clemons (Florida State University)
Educational Entity: North Florida Freedom Schools

Examining Latino Families' Language Access and Participation in their Children's IEP Meetings
Principal Investigator: Zachary Rossetti (Boston University)
Educational Entity: Federation for Children with Special Needs

Developing Local Literacies with Middle and High School Refugee Youth
Principal Investigator: Dr. Carrie Symons (Michigan State University), with Christina Ponzio (Michigan State University)
Educational Entity: Refugee Development Center

Education Research Service Projects (ERSP): Overview of 2016 Awards

Least Restrictive Environments and Achievement for Students with Disabilities in a Large, Urban School District
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth D. Cramer (Florida International University)
Educational Entity: Miami-Dade County Public Schools

A Bilingual Kids’ Café: Addressing Nutrition Education, Food Insecurity, and Food Literacies in a North Georgia Community
Principal Investigators: Denise Dávila (The University of Nevada Las Vegas) and Stephanie Jones (The University of Georgia)
Educational Entity: Food Bank of Northeast Georgia

Austin Early Childhood Collaborative
Principal Investigator: Samina Hadi-Tabassum (Northern Illinois University)
Educational Entity: Austin Coming Together

Creative Corridor Center for Equity’s Focus Project
Principal Investigators: Deanna Hill and Kristine Lewis Grant (Drexel University)
Educational Entities: Creative Corridor Center for Equity (C3E), Iowa City Community School District, Cedar Rapids Community School District, Linn-Mar Community School District, and Waterloo Community School District

Identifying the Professional Development Needs of Rural Educators to Enhance School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Principal Investigator: Brittany L. Hott (Texas A&M-Commerce)
Educational Entity: Lamar County Shared Service Arrangement

Exploring Individual Impacts and Documenting Collective Voice at the Youth Bike Summit
Principal Investigator: Allison H. Mattheis (California State University, Los Angeles)
Educational Entity: Recycle-A-Bicycle

An Analysis of Teachers' Career Paths in Arizona: Retention, Mobility and Attrition
Principal Investigators: Jeanne M. Powers and Margarita Pivovarova (Arizona State University)
Educational Entity: Arizona Department of Education

Effective Screening in Kindergarten: Partnering to Assess Behavioral and Academic Readiness to Learn
Principal Investigators: Maria Rogers (University of Ottawa) and Robert Volpe (Northeastern University)
Educational Entity: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

A S.E.L.F. Evaluation
Principal Investigators: Anita M. Wells and Amber B. Hodges (Morgan State University)
Educational Entity: Sisters Empowered to be Leaders for the Future (S.E.L.F.) Program

Professional Development Needs of Black, Christian Teachers in the Service of LGBTQIA Youth
Principal Investigator: Ashley N. Woodson (University of Pittsburgh)
Educational Entity: Saginaw MAX Systems of Care

Developing Professional Development for K-12 Teachers and School Leaders in Response to the Growing Suburban Diversity
Principal Investigator: Judy W. Yu (REACH)
Educational Entity: ERASE Racism

Education Research Service Projects (ERSP): Overview of 2015 Awards

Professional Development Needs of Special Educators to Fully Implement the Mathematics and Language Arts Florida Standards for Students with Disabilities
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth D. Cramer (Florida International University)
Educational Entity: Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Refugee Teens as Successful Agents: Leveraging Refugees’ Agentive Choices to Improve Academic Support in After-school Programs
Principal Investigator: Shannon M. Daniel (Vanderbilt University)
Educational Entity: Journey

Portraits of Prison-Connected Youth: Analyzing the Impact of Support Programs for Children of Incarcerated Parents
Principal Investigator: Alyssa Hadley Dunn (Michigan State University)
Educational Entity: Foreverfamily, Inc.

The GYO Community Voices Project
Principal Investigator: Conra D. Gist (University of Arkansas)
Educational Entity: Grow Your Own Teachers Illinois

Sustaining Navajo Knowledge for Navajo Youth and Communities
Principal Investigator: Tiffany S. Lee (University of New Mexico)
Educational Entity: The Navajo Studies Conference, Inc.

Initiatives Adopted by School Leaders in New York City Public Schools to Promote the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities: A Family Focus
Principal Investigator: Srikala Naraian (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Educational Entity: Parents for Inclusive Education

Developing Strategies for Using Early Warning Indicators to Improve College Readiness in St. Louis Public Schools
Principal Investigator: Takako Nomi (Saint Louis University)
Educational Entity: St. Louis Public Schools Foundation

Examination of Do the Write Thing Challenge Program in El Paso, TX
Principal Investigator: Sarah Peterson (University of Texas at El Paso)
Educational Entity: Do the Write Thing Challenge Program – El Paso

Understanding Social Processes that Foster Authentic Inquiry and Youth Development: An Analysis of the Chicago Metro History Fair
Principal Investigators: Charles Tocci, Leanne Kallemeyn, and Ann Marie Ryan (Loyola University Chicago)
Educational Entity: Chicago Metro History Education Center

Serving Emerging Bilingual Elementary Students in a Small Urban Community: An Evaluation of a Literacy-Based After-School Program
Principal Investigator: William T. Trent and Victor H. Perez (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Educational Entity: Champaign Unit #4 School District

Education Research Service Projects (ERSP): Overview of 2014 Awards

Examining the Effectiveness of a Parent Leadership Support Training (PLST) in Special Education
Principal Investigator: Meghan M. Burke (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Educational Entity: Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD)

Building Data Driven Capacity in OST Programs: NYU and CHCF Research Partnership
Principal Investigators: Edward Fergus and Mellie Torres (New York University)
Educational Entity: Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. 

Immigrant Families and Educational Access in a Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Faith Community
Principal Investigators: María Paula Ghiso (Teachers College, Columbia University) and Gerald Campano (University of Pennsylvania)
Educational Entity: Aquinas Center

Supporting Community Integration in a New Immigrant Destination: A Research and Service Partnership between the Pennsylvania State University and the Hazleton Integration Project
Principal Investigator: Megan Hopkins (The Pennsylvania State University)
Educational Entity: The Hazleton Integration Project 

The Role of Mexican Culture and Spanish Language Maintenance in the Educational Needs and Advancement of Mexican 1.5 and Second Generation Youth in the Netherlands
Principal Investigator: Martha Montero-Sieburth (University of Amsterdam)
Educational Entity: Association of Mexicans and Friends of Mexico in the Netherlands 

The Collecting Asian American Refugee Stories (CARS) Project
Principal Investigator: Samuel D. Museus (University of Denver)
Educational Entity: Asian Pacific Development Center 

Journey Home: The Influence of an Oral History and Community Assessment Project on the Lived Experience of Vietnamese Youth as Political Actors
Principal Investigator: Rand Quinn (University of Pennsylvania)
Educational Entity: Boat People SOS, Delaware Valley Regional Branch

Ensuring Early Literacy Opportunities for At-Risk Preschoolers: Evaluating Multiple Pathways of the
Impact in Salt Lake City Public Library’s Outreach Storytime
Principal Investigator: Claire Seung-Hee Son (University of Utah)
Educational Entity: Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL)

A Guiding Light for Students in the Shadows: A Qualitative Project for Providing College Counseling to Undocumented Students 
Principal Investigator: Michael J. Trivette (University of Georgia)
Educational Entity: Freedom University

Education Research Service Projects (ERSP): Overview of 2013 Awards

Teachers and Parents Advocating for Diversity in Sexual Identity and Gender Expression in Schools: Scholars Supporting Research-Informed Action
Primary Investigators: Mollie V. Blackburn, Caroline T. Clark, Jill M. Smith (Ohio State University)
Educational Entity: Pink TIGers

A Qualitative Project Investigating Teaching, Learning and Teacher Development for an eLearning Education Program in Rural Zambia
Primary Investigator: Heather Curl (Bryn Mawr/Haverford College)
Educational Entity: Impact Network

Understanding the Decline of the Hiring of Teachers of Color in New York City: Recommendations for Reversing the Decline
Primary Investigators: Michael Dumas (New York University), Natalie Havlin (La Guardia Community College), Lois Weiner (New Jersey City University)
Educational Entity: Teachers Unite

RU Connected? A Collaborative Project between University Literacy Researchers and an Urban Afterschool Program (Racquet Up Detroit) to Investigate the Effects of a Summer Technology Camp for Middle School Youth
Primary Investigators: Susan Florio-Ruane, Paul Morsink, Maryl Randel (Michigan State University)
Educational Entity: Racquet Up Detroit

Engaging Urban Youth to Catalyze Cultural Change in Their Communities: Evaluative Inquiry into Creative Possibilities and Pathways to STEM in Boston’s Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn
Primary Investigator: Jae-Eun Joo (University of Connecticut)
Educational Entity: Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn

Strengthening Supplemental Literacy Supports for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse English Language Learners
Primary Investigator: Michelle Knight (Teachers College, Columbia University)
Educational Entity: Sauti Yetu Girls Educational and Leadership Initiative

Initiating and Sustaining Educational Change: Implementing the FAIR Education Act and Seth’s Law
Primary Investigator: Elizabeth Meyer (California Polytechnic State University)
Educational Entity: San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

The Effect of Research Experience-Based Professional Development on Teacher Efficacy, Motivation, Knowledge Calibration, and Perception of Inquiry Teaching
Primary Investigator: Erin E. Peters-Burton (George Mason University)
Educational Entity: Loudon County Public Schools

Evaluation and Assessment of the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program
Primary Investigator: Rick Sperling (St. Mary’s University)
Educational Entity: AVANCE

The Role of Mentoring in Broward County Public Schools Initiative to Foster Black Male Success
Primary Investigator: Gerene K. Starratt (Barry University)
Educational Entity: Broward County Public Schools

Power of Words: Exploring Storytelling Practices of Refugee Families
Primary Investigators: Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes, X. Christine Wang (State University of New York at Buffalo)
Educational Entity: Journey’s End Refugee Services

My Brother My Sister: College Access and Retention through Peer Mentoring and Leadership Development
Primary Investigator: V. Thandi Sulé (Oakland University)
Educational Entity: My Brother My Sister