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Catholic University Grant Supports Education Project

22 December 1995


a.gif (1076 bytes) project at The Catholic University of America will better prepare new principals for the challenges of urban schools, bolster math and science skills for students in rural Maryland, and evaluate computer-based education at a District of Columbia elementary school.

Catholic University is one of several universities collaborating with Temple University's Center for Research in Human Development. In December, Temple won a $21 million, five-year Department of Education grant awarded under the Regional Education Laboratory Program of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

Vernon Polite, assistant professor of education, will direct the Washington/Baltimore Regional Extension Service at Catholic University. The grant provides approximately $1.2 million over five years for three projects.

The first is a leadership training program for first-time principals in urban schools. Nine groups of 20 principals will attend workshops that focus on instruction, leadership, management, and school reform. A rural project in Dorchester County, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, is aimed at improving math and science skills through a curriculum that involves study of marine life. That project, "Say Yes to Youngsters' Futures," will be coordinated with the National Urban Coalition and its president, Ramona Edelin. A third project will evaluate the efficacy of technology-based learning at a Washington, D.C., elementary school. Frank Yekovich, professor of education, and Nancy Taylor and Carol Walker, associate professors of education, will evaluate how computer-based education at the school could become a model for teaching disadvantaged children in early-childhood education programs.

Polite has worked previously with Margaret Wang, director of Temple's Center for Research in Human Development, and was invited to take part in the grant application. "By dovetailing with Temple University, we have an opportunity to do some important work. This is a major achievement, and we're very proud of the grant," said Polite.

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