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Local News Highlights New Grant at Youth-Nex and CASTL


Local news highlights a new $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to test the effects of a training program for new elementary school teachers designed to increase student learning and teachers’ classroom management skills.

Curry research centers, Youth-Nex and the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), will combine expertise to direct and conduct what is the first study on fledgling teachers focused on classroom behavior and classroom management. 

NBC29 interviewed Jason Downer, Director at CASTL.

“Our hope is that we’re able to provide these early-career teachers with a toolkit for being able to come in and work with what’s a very challenging environment - a classroom that’s full of early elementary school students.”

Youth-Nex will lead the multi-disciplinary team of researchers, including others at John’s Hopkins University in Maryland.

Read Press Release, “Curry Researchers Awarded $3.5M to Study Professional Development for First-Time Teachers

Listen to WTJU Interview with Patrick Tolan.


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