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Sponsored Research Projects

Whether exploring digital game based learning, building activities to enhance teaching practice or developing creativity in engineering using mobile application technology, at the School of Education, Drexel's faculty, staff and research students are collaborating together and exploring knowledge, resources, and tools of the 21st century on these sponsored research (grant) projects.

Developing New Technology to Improve Education

Lori Severino, EdD
MJ Tecce DeCarlo, EdD 

Drexel researchers are developing a new app to help teachers better assess their students' reading skills. Learn more about how Drexel supported the ACE sponsored research project.

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The Untapped Potential of University-Community Cooperative Living 

Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD
Rachel Wenrick, PhD 

A Community-led study investigates the landscape of residential displacement and affordable housing options in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone.

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Improving Educational Outcomes for Children

Penny Hammrich, PhD 

At Drexel, we are committed to ensuring children in our community receive the highest quality education. Through a sponsored research grant, Drexel students were able to enhance instruction through positive learning environments.

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Preparing Students for the Future

Aroutis Foster, PhD 

Drexel is developing the technology of tomorrow to support teachers and students in the classroom.

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Integrating the Arts in School Curriculum 

Jen Katz-Buonincontro, PhD 

The CReST project will develop the first-ever culturally responsive and sustaining online art integration course for teachers.

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Developing and Evaluating Assessments of Problem Solving

Toni Sondergeld, PhD 

Drexel researchers are creating new assessments to help math teachers better evaluate student performance. 

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DragonsTeach Recruits Engineering Students to Consider Careers in Teaching

Jason Silverman, PhD
Adam Fontecchio, PhD
Jennifer Stanford, PhD 

Drexel is providing scholarships to engineering students who commit to careers in teaching upon graduation.

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Drexel at the "Middle" of Meeting the Needs of Philadelphia Schools

Penny Hammrich, PhD
Mary Jo Grdina, PhD 

Drexel is meeting the need for more high-quality middle school teachers through the innovative DragonsTeach Middle Years program.

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Bringing a Global Perspective to Education

Joyce Pittman, PhD 

Drexel is developing programs to get teachers to think globally while teaching locally.

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I-Corp English Language Teaching Program 

Christina Vorndran, PhD, BCBA-D 

Drexel is researching a new tool to help English Language Learners and individuals with language delays.

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Investigating Engineering Expansive Learning Spaces for Boys of Color

Christopher Wright, PhD 

Drexel researchers are examining how inclusive engineering learning spaces can benefit learning among boys of color.

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Creating New Pathways in STEM 

Paul Jensen, PhD, Provost
Aroutis Foster, PhD
Stephen Cox 

Drexel leads a new project to help more minority students receive degrees in STEM subjects.

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MakeSpace: Schoolwide Place-based Access to Creative Engagement

Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro, PhD
Tracy Bousselot, Inflexion Inc.
Ross Anderson, Inflexion Inc.  

Drexel is working to integrate arts in classroom curriculum at four rural school districts.

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Preparing Mathematics and Science Teachers for Middle School

Sheila Vaidya, PhD
Mary Jo Grdina, PhD 

Drexel is providing scholarships to students in STEM majors who want to teach middle level science or math upon graduation.

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Creative Interdisciplinary Research in Graduate Education

Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro, PhD
Paul Gondek, PhD
Dee Nicholas, RA, AIA, NCARB

Drexel researchers look at how to inject creative thinking and problem solving into graduate education.

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Building Literacy Skills Outside of School 

Lori Severino, EdD

The purpose of this project is to find ways to embed or strengthen literacy programming outside of school so students can receive individualized support to strengthen their literacy skills.

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Stay Safe Kids

Amanda Lannie, PhD, BCBA-D
Janet Sloand, EdD 

Drexel is developing curriculum to keep schools safe for all students.

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STEM Teacher Education and School Strengthening Activity

Penny Hammrich, PhD
Mary jo Grdina, PhD 

Drexel helps to expand STEM education in Egypt by developing new curriculum and academic programs at new STEM schools.

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Creating Culturally Sustaining STEM+C Learning Environments

Christopher Wright, PhD
Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD 

Drexel researchers will create a model learning environment for middle schoolers that integrates interdisciplinary STEM learning and hip-hop.

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