Daily Archives: February 22, 2011

Grant of the Month: Rosemarie Vardell, $135,000, culturally responsive early childhood education

The Sponsored Funding Report for January:

North Carolina A&T received 14 grants totaling $579,887 during the month.  The FY2011 total now stands at $36.5 million as of January 31 (January and February are typically the slowest months).

One highlight of the month’s funding was $135,000 from the North Carolina Division of Child Development to Rosemarie Vardell of the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences.

The project: Developing a Framework for Culturally Responsive Early Childhood Curricula and Public Policies.

The issue: North Carolina has not yet achieved its goal of providing high quality, culturally responsive early childhood education for all children.  Children of color often receive limited benefit from being educated in environments that cannot provide the diversity of experiences that reflect their culture, family values, and learning styles.  There continues to be a disparity between the race, ethnicity and culture of the leadership in the field and the children served, limiting the representation of the needs and strengths of teachers and children of color.

Abstract: This project engages a diverse group of early childhood professionals in a Collaborative Learning Community process to identify a framework and guidelines for culturally responsive curricula, teaching practices, program assessment and related local and state early care and education policies.

The full list of grants received in January (xslx file):

RAMSES — 2011-01-31 monthly grants list edited

 

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Today’s lesson: Green energy can be fun

The electric Tesla roadster, an attention-grabber for school children arriving for CERT's Energy Day at the Cherry Building.

Busloads of school children arrived at the Cherry Building this morning for Energy Day, part of A&T’s Engineering Week activities.  While faculty members delivered lessons in bioenergy, hydropower, hydrogen fuel cells, and other topics, Duke Energy provided a nice introduction to the concept of green energy: the all-electric Tesla roadster (0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, zero tailpipe emissions … you can pick one up for about $101,000).

Among the groups providing displays and presentations were the NOAA ISET center, College of Engineering, and the Waste Management Institute.  The annual event is organized by the Center for Energy Research and Technology.