Awarded Projects for February 2021

Congratulations to Lynda Hayes for her awards from the Florida Department of Education; Kristy Boyer and Maya Israel for their award from the National Science Foundation; Maya Israel for her award from the National Science Foundation; Wei Li for his subcontract award NSF Flow Through from the University of North Carolina; Mark Pacheco for his subcontract award Spencer Foundation Flow Through from Vanderbilt University; Paige Pullen for her award from Florida Children’s Council; and Darbianne Shannon for her subcontract award Administration for Children & Families Flow Through from the University of South Carolina.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for February 2021

Best wishes to Amor Menezes and Pasha Antonenko for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Mary Bratsch-Hines for her subcontract proposal IES Flow Through from the University of North Carolina; Catherine Cavanaugh, Paige Pullen, and Jose De León Alejandro for their proposal to the Institute of Education Sciences; Catherine Cavanaugh, Philip Poekert, Jose De León Alejandro, and Jinnie Shin for their subcontract proposal IES Flow Through from Arizona State University; Ester de Jong, Mark Pacheco, and Timothy Vetere for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Hannah Mathews for her proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Paige Pullen and Philip Poekert for their proposal to the Florida Department of Education; Paige Pullen for her proposal to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Paige Pullen for her proposal to the National Institutes of Health; Paige Pullen for her proposal to the Louisiana Department of Education; Paige Pullen for her proposal to Florida Children’s Council; Jacqueline Swank, Sondra Smith, and Caronne Rush for their proposal to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Wanli Xing and Walter Leite for their subcontract proposal IES Flow Through from the University of San Diego; Wanli Xing and Zhihui Fang for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; and Wanli Xing for his proposals to the National Science Foundation.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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Research Spotlight: Pengfei Zhao

Q & A with Pengfei Zhao, Assistant Professor in the School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education

What basic questions does your research seek to answer?

I am a qualitative research methodologist with an interdisciplinary background in inquiry methodology, sociology, and cultural studies. My methodological writing addresses key issues in the field of qualitative inquiry such as validity, language and representation, qualitative data analysis software, and inference-making. In particular, I draw from critical theory, pragmatism, and feminism to formulate a praxis- and social justice- oriented research methodology.

What makes your work interesting?

I ground my methodology work in long-term, multi-method empirical studies conducted in China and in the United States. Long-term engagement with empirical work always allows me to find interesting and often neglected angles to connect theories with research practice. For instance, one of my research commitments examines the coming of age experience of rural Chinese youth during and right after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Years of fieldwork with ordinary Chinese people have led me to reconsider the researcher-participant relationship in an authoritarian state. Drawing on social theories about the state and state effect, I propose to move away from a static, western centric, and territory-based conceptualization of the state, and treat it as a culturally and historically specific structuration, in which researchers and participants are engaged.

My work is also characterized by the notable feature of interdisciplinarity. While research methodology is an inherent part in the training of many social science disciplines, in a recently published book, Making Sense of Social Research Methodology: A Student and Practitioner Centered Approach, my colleagues and I take a sociological lens to examine research practice itself. Instead of taking research as a set of procedures or the application of principles, our book conceptualizes research practice as social actions situated in a larger social, cultural, and political structure, performed through the coordination of social actors, and resulted in real-world consequences.

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UF COE Announces 2021-2022 CRIF Award

The UF College of Education has announced its 2021-2022 College Research Incentive Fund (CRIF) opportunity. This opportunity is solely provided by indirect costs (IDC) return from grants acquired by the college’s principal investigators. The primary purpose of the CRIF is to provide seed funding that will lead to a strong proposal for external funding.

Submit application electronically in a single-file PDF to research@coe.ufl.edu by 5pm on April 19, 2021.

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From the IES Director: A Year for Reflection and Continued Transformation

In anticipation of its 20th anniversary in 2022, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has planned A Year for Reflection and Continued Transformation to identify opportunities for growth and change in education research. IES Director Mark Schneider summarizes a few such activities:

  • Transformative Research in the Education Sciences Grants Program: Due date February 25, 2021
  • IES contract with the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) to undertake three studies designed to be finished by the beginning of 2022
    • An exploration of how the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) conduct business
    • A study focusing on the future of National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
    • A study focusing on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which, with an annual appropriation of over $160M, represents the single largest expenditure in the IES portfolio

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Awarded Projects for January 2021

Congratulations to Erica McCray, Latoya Haynes-Thoby, Nicole Jones, Taryrn Brown, and Kakali Bhattacharya for their award from UF Research; David Arnold, David Miller, Alina Glenn, Ian Small, Eric McLamore, and Diane Rowland for their subcontract award NSF Flow Through from the University of Pennsylvania; Justin Ortagus for his award from Arnold Ventures; Travis Smith, Jerri-Ann Danso, and Lane Washington for their award from UF Research; and Wanli Xing and Gul Basim for their award from UF Research.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for January 2021

Best wishes to Pasha Antonenko, Matthew Gitzendanner, Douglas Soltis, Pamela Soltis, and Benjamin Lok for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Pasha Antonenko and Do Koh for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Mary Bratsch-Hines for her subcontract proposal IES Flow Through from the University of North Carolina; Chonika Coleman-King, Taryrn Brown, Hyunyi Jung, and Jenee Duncan for their proposal to UF Research; Maureen Conroy for her subcontract proposal IES Flow Through from Baylor University; Kent Crippen, Lee-Su Huang, Daniel Maxwell, and Matthew Traum for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Bruce MacFadden and Kent Crippen for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Chris Curran for his proposal to the National Science Foundation; Chris Curran for his subcontract proposal Edmonton Public Schools Flow Through from the University of Louisville; Nicholas Gage, Ashley MacSuga-Gage, and Kristy Boyer for their proposal to UF Research; Megan Ennes, Swapna Kumar, Albert Ritzhaupt, and Porchia Moore for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Walter Leite for his proposal to the National Science Foundation; Kathrin Maki, Pasha Antonenko, and Denis Ribeira Do Valle for their proposal to UF Research; Kathrin Maki for her proposal to the William T. Grant Foundation; Paige Pullen for her proposal to the Rhode Island Department of Education; Paige Pullen and Catherine Cavanaugh for their proposal to Sundance Newbridge Publishing; Albert Ritzhaupt, Angela Kohnen, Kara Dawson, Anne Corinne Manley, and Benjamin Lok for their proposal to UF Research; Travis Smith and Taryrn Brown for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; Tina Smith-Bonahue for her subcontract proposal NSF Flow Through from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Patricia Snyder for her subcontract proposal IES Flow Through from the University of Minnesota; Jacqueline Swank, Sondra Smith, and Caronne Rush for their proposal to U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration; Sara Behdad, Wanli Xing, Boyi Hu, Wayne Giang, Xu Sun, and Sadasivan Vidyasagar for their proposal to the National Science Foundation; Wanli Xing for his proposal to the National Science Foundation; and Pengfei Zhao for her proposal to the Spencer Foundation.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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Happy New Year from Your OER Team!

Welcome Back! We want to congratulate the COE faculty for their accomplishments in 2020 and look forward to continued success in 2021. We are constantly on the lookout for opportunities for external funding to share. Contact us. We are here to help!

Listed below are some noteworthy statistics from the 2019 fiscal year:

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UF DSP Reminder: Revisions to Proposals after Internal Routing but Prior to Submission

When a Department/College approves a proposal, they are certifying that the resources disclosed in the proposal are appropriate for the faculty and the Department/College. Resources include but are not limited to the budget, time/effort, cost share, facilities, equipment, and any other commitments. If there needs to be a change to a proposal after any approvals have been obtained but prior to DSP submission to the sponsor, the following guidance will determine what reviews are required.

View the complete guidance on the Division of Sponsored Programs website: Revisions to Proposals after Internal Routing But Prior to Submission

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From the IES Director: Operation Reverse the Loss, Redux

Since Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Director Mark Schneider announced Operation Reverse the Loss in October 2020, IES has been working to flesh out some of the key ideas. A valuable thought partner in this work is Kumar Garg, current Managing Director of Schmidt Futures and previous leader of President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign. Dr. Schneider invited him to co-author this blog.

Dr. Schneider and Mr. Garg have identified three main “buckets” of actions that IES should pursue to help reverse pandemic-related learning loss:

  • Understanding the crisis and accelerating discovery
  • Responding to the crisis with new tools to help students catch up
  • Making sure the most high-need students don’t get left behind

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U.S. ED Offers New Open Data Platform

The Open Data Platform (ODP), at https://data.ed.gov/ is the U.S. Department of Education’s comprehensive data inventory, including metadata and other documentation describing the data. The ODP makes it easier for educators, researchers, and the public to access the U.S ED’s data in a single location.

The site’s functionality allows users to search by broad categories, like “graduation rates” or “teachers,” as well as to target searches. ODP uses CKAN, a powerful open source data management system that makes data more accessible. Moreover, the data inventory indexed will continue to grow as the U.S ED publishes new data and further catalogs older data.

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eRA Reminder: New eRA Commons Login and Landing Screens Coming January 12

The new eRA Commons home screen (log-in screen) and landing screen (screen when first logged in) will be available on January 12, 2021. As part of the new design, once authenticated, you will be able to navigate to various eRA modules within Commons via the apps icon in the upper left corner. The modernized screens provide a simpler interface that reflect user feedback and come with enhanced security and stability for the Commons module.

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eRA Will Require the Use of Login.gov to Access eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, and Commons Mobile in 2021

Users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR), and Commons Mobile are encouraged to begin their switchover now to the new two-factor authentication login method to access those modules, before the mandatory deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users.

The new secure two-factor authentication login method involves users creating an account at login.gov, a centralized government portal, and associating their eRA Commons or ASSIST account with it.  The user must initiate the process from eRA Commons or ASSIST by clicking the login.gov login option on the Commons or ASSIST home screen, which will then redirect the user to login.gov. Users only need to do this association one time.

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Awarded Projects for December 2020

Congratulations to Jennifer Park-Jadotte for her award from Episcopal Children’s Services and her award from Richland County School District One; and Philip Poekert, Catherine Cavanaugh, and Pengfei Zhao for their award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

For more details, see the Awarded Projects table.

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Submitted Projects for December 2020

Best wishes to Latoya Haynes-Thoby for her proposal to the American Educational Research Association; Maya Israel for her subcontract proposal National Science Foundation Flow Through from New York University; Hyunyi Jung and Chonika Coleman King for their proposal to the Spencer Foundation; and Zuchao Shen and Walter Leite for their proposal to the American Educational Research Association.

For more details, see the Submitted Projects table.

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