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Congratulations, Dr. Amy Price Azano!



Feb. 22, 2016 –  

"Promoting PLACE (Place, Literacy, Achievement, Community, & Engagement) in Rural Schools" is a five-year, $1.9 million grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program. The grant is designed to increase the number of rural students in gifted education programming, to implement place-based language arts curricula, and to reduce stereotype threat and increase growth mindset for high-potential rural learners in low-income rural communities. Dr. Amy Price Azano, assistant professor of adolescent literacy in the School of Education, and Dr. Carolyn Callahan, professor of education and gifted education expert at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, are working with rural school districts in Virginia to identify gifted and talented students and develop programs to serve them. Promoting PLACE aims to increase the number of rural students in gifted programs, especially in high-poverty school districts, by using alternative assessments for rural students. Once identified, researchers work with students in grades 3 and 4 to implement high-quality, place-based language arts units based on the CLEAR curriculum model. CLEAR, developed by the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, is a framework to design programs for students capable of advanced work. The CLEAR curriculum model has proved successful in integrating several approaches to gifted education but has not been tested in rural settings using place-based pedagogy for high-poverty students, which is one of the research objectives.