"Next" Magazine Vol. 3 Fall 2016 - Page 37

CONTINUED FROM p. 9 » After school was out last summer, Dawson, along with Dr. Kim White, clinical associate professor in Curriculum and Instruction, worked with UK graduate students to arrange a two-week transition camp for William Wells Brown’s fifth-grade students to help acclimate them to middle school, with a special focus on reading and math. The College’s impact at William Wells Brown is not limited to the elementary education program. A group of graduate students studying applied behavioral analysis, led by Dr. Allan Allday, associate professor in the College’s Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling, now partners with the school to observe behavior, collect data and support the school’s staff with behavior interventions. “Allan Allday has supported our teachers through observations and feedback on classroom management strategies,” Jones said. “This support has been very helpful for our newer teachers as they work to establish strong classroom structures. The College of Education is definitely one of our strongest community partners.”   In the summer of 2016, a group of seven students in the master’s degree program in literacy education at the UK College of Education completed their clinical practicums at William Wells Brown. There they worked with nine children who have been identified by school faculty and staff as needing further assistance in literacy. They designed and implemented 36 hours of personalized instruction which utilized the children’s strengths and interests to overcome their challenges. Dr. Janice F. Almasi, the Carol Lee Robertson Endowed Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, led the students, assisted by three clinical supervisors: Stephanie Hilton, Lyuda Ivanyuk (both graduate students in literacy education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction), and Stacy Farr. Almasi noted, “This is the first year in which our clinicians completed their clinical practicum in a school-based setting in the summer. We chose to work with the children at William Wells Brown in the summer because the issue of summer reading loss is profound. Research has consistently shown that students, particularly those of lower socioeconomic status, lose ground each summer to students from middle-class backgrounds. “Studies have also shown that the achievement gap between these students is almost entirely accounted for by an accumulation of summer reading loss from first through fifth grade, “ Almasi continued. “Our goal this summer was to provide individualized literacy instruction designed to assist students who struggle with literacy in hopes of reducing summer reading loss for these children.” The school has inspired collaboration from across the UK campus, including the UK College of Nursing. With assistance from the United Way and support from Dean Janie Heath, Elizabeth Salt, a professor in the UK College of Nursing, organized a cohort of faculty members from her department to spend one hour a week working with students at the school. “It occurred to me that the incredible resources available at the university were likely not being accessed at their maximum capabilities,” Salt said. “I started to brainstorm on what I could do to help. I thought I could likely recruit my colleagues in the College of Nursing — the College has an awesome group of faculty and staff with so many unique talents and an incredible capacity to give and care for others.” Students and directors from LEXengaged, a UK Living Learning Program, work with William Wells Brown students in its after-school program. Visiting the school about once a week during the academic year, the group is focused on helping William Wells Brown students develop an appreciation for their neighborhood.   “Bringing back the incredible, African-American history of the area can give new insight into what Lexington has been built from,” said Jacelynn Sturgill, a LEXengaged student and biology major from Jessamine County, Kentucky. The group also provides homework help and tutoring during their visits, as well as friendship. “Every week, I get excited to see them; they greet me with smiles and hugs, and before we can begin to get anything done, we have to ask one another how each of our days/weeks have been,” Sturgill said. YOU can make an impact! At the College of Education, faculty hope to raise further financial support so that the College can expand its impact. To learn more about supporting this effort, please contact Jeff Francisco at (859) 257-2479. | 37