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Students Typing at Their Computers

Researchers receive funding for partnership to implement inclusive computer science model of professional development   

August 30, 2021   

Amy Hutchison, Professor, Literacy and Reading, Anna S. Evmenova, Professor, Special Education and disAbility Research, Erdogan Kaya, Assistant Professor of Education, Jeff Offutt, Professor, Computer Science, Kelley Regan, Professor, Special Education and disability Research, and Boris Gafurov, Assistant Professor, Special Education, received funding from the National Science Foundation for: "A Partnership to Implement the Inclusive Computer Science Model of Professional Development and a Digital Platform for PK-6 Computer Science teaching for Students with Disabilities."

Teengers with Laptop

Research that helps teachers get with the (computer) program 

October 24, 2018   /   by Damian Cristodero


Don’t worry Virginia teachers, Amy Hutchison feels your pain and is here to help.

The associate professor at George Mason University and director of Mason’s Division of Elementary, Literacy and Secondary Education understands that teaching the new mandatory Standards of Learning for computer science in Virginia’s public schools can seem daunting to those who do not have a computer science background.

Digital Literacy For All

January 22, 2024  /  by David Miller

Fayard Endowed Chair for Literacy, Dr. Amy Hutchison, Excited for Partnerships, Resources at UA.

Since arriving at UA, Hutchison has been awarded a pair of National Science Foundation grants to help area youth improve literacy skills and use them to read and write with technology. This multi-pronged approach includes a partnership with Arts ‘n Autism in Tuscaloosa to offer computer science education to students with autism spectrum disorder. The other NSF-funded project aids in the research and development of Compose with AI, a platform to help young learners evaluate and vet AI-generated content for science-based writing.

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program recently awarded $1.1 million in funding to a grant program that will introduce young students to a hands-on physiological computing curriculum while also giving them a look at what kinds of STEM career opportunities await them in the future. This three-year project, led by Dr. Feiya Luo, Dr. Chris Crawford, and Dr. Amy Hutchison, will work toward bridging the gap that students in underserved communities experience when it comes to computer science education – specifically, for now, in Tuscaloosa City elementary schools. Professional development will be provided to more than a dozen teachers within these schools, equipping them with the knowledge, preparation, and skills needed to teach basic computer science education.

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