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Jessica Scott Awarded Spencer Foundation Grant For Deaf Education Study

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Jessica Scott

Assistant Professor Jessica Scott has been awarded a $35,000 Spencer Foundation grant for a project entitled, “The role of early language and academic English in the reading comprehension of middle and high school deaf and hard of hearing students.”

“I am thrilled to receive the Spencer Foundation grant to continue my research,” Scott said. “I believe that understanding how academic language skills develop among bilingual deaf and hard of hearing students is essential for their success, and this grant will allow me to continue this line of research.”

Scott began her career in deaf education as a high school English teacher at the Alaska School for the Deaf. While earning her master’s degree, she also worked as a reading specialist at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Massachusetts.

As an assistant professor in deaf education, she’s interested in further exploring the role that American Sign Language plays in the reading of deaf and hard of hearing students, as well as literacy instruction for deaf students. Scott is also interested in the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students in developing countries, and currently serves as chairperson for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association.

The Spencer Foundation supports high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and is committed to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities. For more information about their grant programs, visit http://www.spencer.org.

story by Claire Miller