AERA Awards 11 Education Research Service Projects Grants

March 2017

AERA has selected 11 new projects to receive Education Research Service Project (ERSP) awards. The awards program is designed to encourage education researchers to offer their pro bono expertise to educational organizations, institutions, or other community groups that have identified and expressed a need for such assistance. The selected awardees receive small grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to defray direct costs involved in these projects.

“This year’s awardees exemplify the spirit of service that is central to the ERSP program,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “With funding from AERA, these education researchers will be able to help educational entities respond to deep and significant needs.”

Now in its fifth year, a total of 53 projects have been funded through the ERSP initiative since its inception. Brief abstracts of all ERSP projects funded from 2013 to present are available on the AERA website.

The ERSP selection committee, a subcommittee of AERA Council, chose the following eleven projects to receive awards in 2017.

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)
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)
Educational Entity: Refugee Development Center

A special invited poster session about the ERSP initiative, “Pro Bono Education Research Service Projects (ERSP): AERA's ERSP Initiative,” will be held at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

At the session, members of AERA Council will discuss the history and goals of the initiative, and recent ERSP awardees will share information about the results of their projects. Individuals interested in applying for funding through the ERSP initiative are encouraged to attend to learn more about the initiative.

The call for proposals for the next ERSP submission and review cycle will come out later this year, with a December 2017 deadline.