Providence College Professor awarded largest federal grant in PC history

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) –  Providence College has announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Laura Hauerwas, Professor of Education, an $11.3 million grant for a project titled Testing the Impact of Self-Regulation Strategy Development (SRSD). The grant is the largest award donated to Providence College to date and will be spread out through the following five years.

The Program plans to study and refine the SRSD writing process, with a focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in their attempts. Teachers will learn through Practice-Based Professional Learning (PBPL) and onsite support. The team will evaluate the effects SRSD has on emotions and academics.

“These skills have gained significant importance during the ongoing pandemic. Supporting these is imperative and brings with it the possibility of achieving greater equity for students.” (Schlund, Jaggers, & Schlinger, 2020)

“More than 20 years ago I chose to work in an undergraduate teacher education program — a program committed to preparing outstanding future teachers for inclusive classrooms, and not chase the big grants,” said Dr. Hauerwas.  “Along the way, I continued to connect with research scholars and learn with them about evidence-based literacy practices.  I applied for a few grants, with little luck.  Well, that all changed.  I will continue to work with our PC future teachers, but now I will be able to bring my passion for the classroom and SRSD to many teachers around the country.  In my mind this is research to practice at its best.”

“The scope of this project and the size of this grant speak to the importance of Dr. Hauerwas’ research,” said Dr. Sean F. Reid, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at PC. “As an educator of educators, Dr. Hauerwas has dedicated her professional career to improving elementary and special education teaching practices. We’re so pleased to see her project receive funding and can’t wait to see the benefits of her research,” Reid added.

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