$12.4M in Funding Awarded to CASTL Researchers in 2019


By Rachel Chapdelaine

In 2019, CASTL faculty received a total of $12.4 million in new grant funding to research a range of topics spanning early childhood to postsecondary education.

In 2019, faculty at the Curry School of Education and Human Development’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) received a total of $12.4 million in new grant funding to research a range of topics spanning early childhood to postsecondary education. With the funding, CASTL is working side-by-side with policy and practice partners to address critical issues facing the education field, including scaling up teacher supports to improve well-being, developing evidence-based online courses, integrating learning mindset-supportive practices into postsecondary access initiatives, testing tiered delivery of reading interventions, using data to inform teacher professional development planning and selection of evidence-based practices for use with students.

The following grants were awarded in 2019:

  1. Project CATALYZE: The Impact of CARE and PATHS on Students’ Success 

  2. Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program 2019-20

  3. Assessment, Instruction and Mathematics in Kindergarten Classrooms (AIM)

  4. Learning Mindset Supports and Practices in Effective Postsecondary Advising

  5. Advancing Effective Interactions and Instruction in Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Classrooms

    • Faculty: Amanda Williford

    • Funding Source: Virginia Department of Education

    • Amount: $1,050,000

  6. Testing the Efficacy of Reading RULES: A Tier 1 and Tier 2 Intervention for First Grade Children with Decoding and Comprehension Difficulties

    • Faculty: Emily Solari

    • Funding Source: Institute of Education Sciences

    • Amount: $753,305

  7. Developing and Testing Online, Scalable, Effective Early Childhood Courses in the Context of Innovative Partnerships

    • Faculty: Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch

    • Funding Source: Stranahan Foundation

    • Amount: $600,000

  8. University System of Georgia STEM Initiative Support

    • Faculty: Chris Hulleman

    • Funding Source: Board of Regents of The University System of Georgia

    • Amount: $400,000

  9. Do Excessive School Absences Link to Children's Social-Behavioral Development and Executive Functioning?

    • Faculty: Arya Ansari

    • Funding Source: U.S. National Institutes of Health

    • Amount: $175,000

  10. STREAMin3 Curriculum Model Pilot

  11. iTHRIV Scholar - Parent-Child Brain Synchrony in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    • Faculty: Tanya Evans

    • Funding Source: School of Medicine/U.S. National Institutes of Health

    • Amount: $282,515

  12. Valor Academies Evaluation

    • Faculty: Sara Rimm-Kaufman

    • Funding Source: Valor Collegiate Academies

    • Amount: $226,535

  13. Alleghany STREAMin3

  14. Creating Productive Learning Mindsets in the University System of Georgia

    • Faculty: Christopher Yoichi Ito Tibbetts

    • Funding Source: Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

    • Amount: $100,000

  15. Charrette Design and Presentations

    • Faculty: Stephanie Wormington

    • Funding Source: Tennessee Board of Regents

    • Amount: $100,000

  16. Quality Development in Child Daycare Through Web-Mediated Further Training for Supportive Child-Child Interaction in Heterogeneous Groups of Toddlers

    • Faculty: Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch

    • Funding Source: Universität Konstanz

    • Amount: $69,229

  17. Nashville State Community College Student Engagement, Retention and Success (SERS) and College Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

    • Faculty: Christopher Yoichi Ito Tibbetts

    • Funding Source: Nashville State Community College

    • Amount: $41,976

  18. Improving Teacher-Child Interactions in Ecuador

    • Faculty: Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch

    • Funding Source: Inter-American Development Bank

    • Amount: $28,032

  19. African American Adolescent Development in Context: The Role of Congruence across Socialization Agents and Settings 

    • Faculty: Shereen El Mallah

    • Funding Source: Society for Research in Child Development

    • Amount: $7,500

  20. MyTeachingPartner - Secondary PACE Project

    • Faculty: Kathy Neesen

    • Funding Source: Pace Academy

    • Amount: $5,423