The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation of Fairfax, Va., will provide a grant of $46,245 for support of the Claude Moore Center for Literacy at Shenandoah University in 2013. This represents the sixth and largest grant provided by the Foundation since 2008, for a total of more than $217,000. The Center’s purpose is to promote literacy in the region through excellent education for current and future teachers, as well as through direct community outreach to children and families.
Three faculty members in Shenandoah’s School of Education and Human Development – Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Peter Edwards, Ed.D., Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Karen Huff Stewart, Ed.D., and Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction Diane Painter, Ph.D. – will oversee several initiatives funded by the most recent grant. More than half the total grant will support new scholarships for K-12 teachers from the Northern Shenandoah Valley who enroll in Shenandoah’s graduate reading program. Other initiatives supported by the grant include reading camps and clinics, a computer-based writing camp, a young writers institute, professional development workshops for preschool teachers, and mentoring projects. For more information about the Claude Moore Center for Literacy, contact Dr. Peter Edwards in the School of Education and Human Development at 540/665-4588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.