News from October 2019

MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn appointed to statewide Reading Advisory Committee
October 18, 2019

MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn has been selected to serve on the newly formed statewide Reading Advisory Committee. 

The committee is one of five established through Texas House Bills 3 and 3906. The other commitees are Special Education, Compensatory Education, Financial Aid, and Assessment. The experts on the Reading Committee will advise the Texas Education Agency on its plans to support reading education. 

In addition to Vaughn, Jack Fletcher—director of the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities, which is jointly based at MCPER and the University of Houston—was selected to serve on the committee. For more information and a list of the other committee members, read the Texas Education Agency announcement

Tags: Reading Institute  Texas Center for Learning Disabilities 

New project will target improvements in kindergartners’ math, music, and computational thinking
October 3, 2019

MCPER's Sarah Powell will join a team of partners to help lead a new project that will combine math, music, and computational thinking instruction for kindergarten students. 

Powell will serve as co-principal investigator on the project, titled Young Academic Music and Computational Thinking for Kindergarten. In Texas, the project will partner with rural school districts to pilot the program in kindergarten classrooms and to learn what works and what is challenging for teachers with little training in music and technology. The 5-year, $1.5 million grant is funded by the Office of Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education.

Sue Courey of the Touro College Graduate School of Education will lead the project. Partners include Daniel's Music Foundation, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, and WestEd.