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Grand Challenges: Maryland Initiative for Literacy & Equity (MILE)


Grant Type: Institutional Grant
Topics: Education & Social Justice
Colleges Represented: EDUCARHU, BSOS, INFO, SPP

Grand Challenges Grants Program

Summary:

A large proportion of the students who graduate from our public schools face barriers that prevent them from reading and writing at grade level. Achievement gaps in our schools systematically increase with the number of students living at or below the poverty line, coinciding with increasing segregation by race, ethnicity, and language background. This makes literacy achievement not just an educational issue, but one of equity and civil rights.

In the field of literacy, there is a global chasm between the science of language and literacy acquisition and the practice of teaching children how to read and write. Basic and translational research on language and literacy acquisition often overlooks or minimizes social and cultural contexts, leading to deficit perspectives toward culturally and linguistically diverse students, families, and communities.

The Maryland Initiative for Literacy and Equity (MILE) is harnessing research-to-practice partnerships in the fields of education, speech and language pathology, library sciences, policy, and community stakeholder outreach. These efforts are aimed at driving integrative research, both translational and basic, that is contextualized with respect to marginalized communities across race, culture, ethnicity, and language, as well as neurodiverse populations.

This initiative seeks to transform and integrate practices in education, speech pathology, library sciences, and parent/family engagement through streamlined and cutting-edge models of professional development and community outreach.



Team Members:


PI: Donald Bolger (EDUC), Associate Professor, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

Simone Gibson, Director, Responsive Literacy, School of Education and Urban Studies, Morgan State University

Colin Phillips (ARHU), Professor, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Linguistics, Director, Language Science Center

Jade Wexler (EDUC), Associate Professor, Special Education

Ebony Terrell Shockley (EDUC), Associate Clinical Professor, Executive Director

Jennifer Turner (EDUC), Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

José Ortiz (BSOS), Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Maggie Peterson (EDUC), Assistant Clinical Professor, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

Elizabeth Bonsignore (INFO), Assistant Research Scientist, Information Studies

Rochelle Newman (BSOS), Professor and Chair, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Juan Uriagereka (ARHU), Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Dept. of Linguistics

Kira Gor (ARHU), Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Jennifer Littlefield (SPP), Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Public Policy

Shanna Pearson (SPP), Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Public Policy

Brandi Slaughter (SPP), Associate Clinical Professor, Public Policy

Melinda Martin-Beltran (EDUC), Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

Drew Fagan (EDUC), Associate Clinical Professor, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

Eliza Thompson (BSOS), Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

Ayanna Baccus (EDUC), Associate Clinical Professor, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

Nan Bernstein Ratner (BSOS), Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Director of Graduate Studies, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Program

Christy Tirrell-Corbin (EDUC), Clinical Professor, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

Susan De La Paz (EDUC), Professor, Special Education

Jason Chow (EDUC), Associate Professor, Special Education

Jeff MacSwan (EDUC), Professor, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

Kellie Rolstad (EDUC), Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

Rachel Romeo (EDUC), Assistant Professor, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology

Ana Taboada Barber (EDUC), Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Partnerships

Veronica Kang (EDUC), Associate Professor, Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education

Shevaun Lewis (ARHU), Assistant Research Professor and Assistant Director, Language Science Center

Partnerships:

  • Morgan State University
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Howard County Public Schools
  • Baltimore City Schools
  • Maryland Speech & Hearing Association

 


News:

UMD Students Share Child Welfare, Education Policy Priorities at Advocacy Event 

February 16, 2024

 

An Innovative Initiative to Increase Literacy and Equity in Maryland

November 16, 2023

 

Maryland Schools Taught Reading the Wrong Way for Decades. That’s Starting to Change.

October 10, 2023

 

UMD Celebrates Launch of the Maryland Initiative for Literacy and Equity

September 21, 2023
 

Rising to a Grand Challenge: Childhood Literacy

March 28, 2023

 

MILE Launch Event, September 20, 2023
Photo from MILE Launch Event, September 20, 2023

Events:

September 20, 2023
Maryland Initiative for Literacy & Equity (MILE) 
Launch Event
University of Maryland, College Park

October 25, 2023
Maryland Initiative for Literacy & Equity (MILE) 
Lunch & Learn Webinar: The Science of Reading
Information & Registration Here
12:00-1:00 pm

November 8, 2023
Maryland Initiative for Literacy & Equity (MILE) 
Lunch & Learn Webinar: How Speech Language Pathologists Identify Dyslexia
Information & Registration Here
12:00-1:00 pm

November 15, 2023
Maryland Initiative for Literacy & Equity (MILE) 
Lunch & Learn Webinar: Introduction to the Blueprint to Maryland's Future
Information & Registration Here
12:00-1:00 pm

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