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URI education professors, graduate win education awards from International Literacy Association

Two University of Rhode Island education professors and a URI graduate have won international awards for their accomplishments in literacy. The awards were given by the International Literary Association at its annual conference in July.

Sarah Zawatsky

URI graduates first Noyce teacher scholar

Sarah Zawatsky of East Providence is the first Robert Noyce teacher scholar to graduate from the University of Rhode Island. Zawatsky will go on to teach science at a charter school in Woonsocket.

URI education professor, students to help launch online class for Kenyan teachers

Thanks to 21st century technology, a University of Rhode Island education professor and her students are reaching across the globe to train teachers in Kenya.

URI education group works closely with state’s public schools to improve science teaching

It’s no secret educators, parents and politicians are worried that the nation’s public schools are failing to prepare students for a rapidly changing world. At URI, educators and scientists are working to train teachers how to teach science in a way that emphasizes critical analysis and hands-on learning.

Terry Deeney with two young students

Graduate students in reading education help solve literacy challenges

A unique literacy program offered by the University of Rhode Island hopes to get kids turning the page, and in a studious setting – the library.

URI Honors Colloquium: Great Public Schools—Everyone’s right? Everyone’s responsibility?

For the 51st annual URI Honors Colloquium, the lecture series focused on the future of public education. Speakers included distinguished journalists, authors—including two Pulitzer Prize winners—and leaders and researchers in the field.

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