Dr. Francesca Lopez, Assistant Professor in Educational Policy and Leadership, has been awarded a $7500 Early Career Research Grant from the American Psychological Association, Division 15 (educational psychology). Early Career Research Grants are open to individuals whose careers span less than 5 years but whose research exhibits the potential to contribute significantly to educational psychology research.
“The bestowing of a coveted APA Early Career Grant on Dr. Lopez represents the recognition of her outstanding scholarly promise by an elite professional organization," said Dean Henk in response to the news of her award. "The fact that the funding will enable her to provide some of our students with authentic research experience at the same time she collects important data strikes me as being a rare, wonderful, and well deserved opportunity.”
The grant funding will be used to conduct classroom observations across approximately 180 bilingual and dual language 3rd through 5th grade classrooms in Milwaukee Public Schools using the Classroom Assessment Scoring System, which is designed to assess instructional support, emotional support, and classroom management in classrooms. Dr. Lopez's goal is to examine the degree to which class-level variables (those assessed by the CLASS) and student-level variables (e.g., motivation) predict ELL students' achievement, and whether class-level variables moderate the relationship between language acquisition models and achievement.