Spencer Foundation awards School of Education funds to investigate early literacy teaching practices


The Spencer Foundation has awarded UMKC School of Education Assistant Professor Kindel Nash, Ph.D. (PI) and Professor and Ewing Marion Kauffman Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education Etta Hollins, Ph.D. (Co-I) funding in the amount of $47,716 for their proposal “Investigating High-Leverage Early Literacy Teaching Practices in Urban Schools.” They will investigate the high-leverage practices of high-performing, urban, early literacy teachers to determine common factors in these practices across contexts with similar populations, aided in their research by Ms. Leah Panther.


Since 1971, the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation has made grants totaling nearly $500 million to support projects that improve education around the world.