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Central Arizona Writing Project and Arizona Science Center Awarded Grant for Science and Literacy Partnership

Publication: Arizona State University News
Date: April 18, 2013

Summary: The Central Arizona Writing Project at Arizona State University and the Arizona Science Center have been awarded a $30,000 grant to advance professional development at the center via a public writing and science literacy partnership. The program is funded through the National Writing Project and the Association of Science-Technology Centers' grant from the National Science Foundation to design an initiative that integrates science and literacy.

 

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The grant will further strengthen the existing partnerships between the university and the Arizona Science Center. With great support from the Office Knowledge of Enterprise and Development, English professors Jessica Early and Christina Saidy-Hannah will work with a team of K-12 teachers from the Central Arizona Writing Project to develop a series of training workshops for the center's staff.

The idea for the program came directly from conversations with Arizona Science Center leadership who saw that while employees came from a background of scientific study, they were interested in more support in communicating scientific knowledge to a diverse audience through reading and writing. . . .

"This project directly falls under Michael Crow's vision to improve social embeddedness in research and teaching," [Professor] Early said. "Because of this, our research program is now brought to a community space for the benefit of all involved. I believe it will open a lot more doors for future community engagement and collaborative research.

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