LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Kentucky College of Education Professor Janice Almasi has received funding from the Kentucky Department of Education to support teachers implementing the Kentucky Academic Standards for Reading and Writing.
Almasi is the Carol Lee Robertson Endowed Professor of Literacy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. To coordinate the state project, she has put together a team that includes local teachers, literacy doctoral students, and a curriculum specialist. Together, they are working with the Kentucky Department of Education staff to develop two online modules that K-12 teachers can use to plan for, and implement instruction.
Developed in 2019, Kentucky’s reading and writing standards outline what students should know by the end of each grade level.
Almasi will work with a multimedia team to go into classrooms and create brief documentaries. The multimedia clips will show the process of teaching and learning related to the standards and include interviews with teachers discussing their lesson-planning process. This part of the project has been delayed due to COVID-19’s impact on school openings. In the meantime, Almasi and her collaborators are focusing on ensuring the modules they develop will be helpful to teachers and make an impact on the students they teach.
Almasi’s research in the areas of reading methods, reading theory, and reading research design is nationally recognized. Much of her career has been dedicated to research focusing on how children make sense of the text. Her research has also examined comprehension and the strategic processing that occurs while children read. Recently, she was co-principal investigator on a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to develop a narrative comprehension intervention to assist third graders who struggle to comprehend and who are at risk for ADHD.