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Grant Recipients

2017 Research Foundation Grant Recipients

Eliza G. Braden, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, University of South Carolina, “Developing a Critical Literacy Workshop for Parents and Children to Present Immigration and Racial Counter Stories"

The purpose of this project is to examine the impact of a critical family literacy workshop through which parents and their children engage in ongoing discussions around social topics (e.g.,, immigration and Black Lives Matter) on children’s awareness, interest, and knowledge. The project will examine indicators of awareness, interest, and knowledge engage in literacy conversations in and out of school using multimodal mediums (e.g., children’s literature, documentaries, primary source documents and stories). The purpose is to develop a framework for parent-child discussion around social topics that might be used in schools and classrooms.

Christian Ehret, Assistant Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, “Mohawk Digital Youths’ Project"

This project will involve a university researcher in collaboration with a Mohawk community leader and English Language Arts educator in order to mentor Kanien’keha´:ka teens in developing their digital literacies in processes of decolonization. Together, they will use digital media to document the digital literacy practices pervasive amongst teens in the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, a First Nations reserve of the Mohawks of Kahnawá:ke in Québec, Canada, across the south shore of the St. Lawrence river from a major, North American city, Montréal. Three Kanien’keha´:ka teens, including T.B., will work as documentarians, using mobile media kits provided by researchers and this grant, to document the digital lives of teens on the reserve. They will then publish their digital documentaries online and use social media channels, such as YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter, to share the digital documentaries with other First Nations teens across North America. The researchers will mentor Kanien’keha´:ka teens in developing their connections to other First Nations teens in order to develop these connections in the service of decolonizing social action. They will further investigate this process of digital connection amongst First Nations teens in order to (a) develop decolonizing counter-narratives about the digital lives of First Nations teens, (b) understand how to better mentor First Nations teens in connecting and mobilizing toward decolonization, and (c) form implications for decolonizing and culturally sustaining digital literacy pedagogies in secondary English Education.

2017 Teacher Researcher Grant Recipients

Completed applications are due no later than October 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. CT. Winners will be announced in January 2018.


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