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Lara-Jeane Costa

Costa Receives $1.4 Million Grant for Early Literacy Research from Institute of Education Sciences

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has awarded Lara Costa, the project director for the Writing Skills Development Program, $1.4 million over three years for an initiative spearheaded by the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences. Stephen Hooper is the co-principal investigator for this new project and principal investigator of the Preschool … Continued

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Historical Perspectives that Inform the Future of RTI/MTSS

The International Council for Learning Disabilities’ (CLD) Leadership Academy is an opportunity for a select group of emerging leaders in the field of learning disabilities to be mentored by some of the most highly regarded and established leaders in the field.

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DAHS Receives $3.3 Million Grant for Early Literacy Research

Dr. Stephen Hooper, the Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Dean and Chair, will serve as principal investigator of the project.

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An IES-funded “Must Read” on Writing and Reading Disabilities

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A paper based on an IES-funded grant has been recognized as a “must read” by the Council for Learning Disabilities.


What are we all about?

The WSDP concentrate on the relations among the development of writing skills and cognitive processes for students from preschool to seventh grade, as well as writing programs to advance skills for children who struggle. We have several overlapping goals:

  • Provide evidence for the efficacy of evidence-based writing interventions
  • Provide evidence of whether select cognitive abilities mediate the effects of the interventions
  • Provide accessibility of professional development for teachers to gain access to effective writing curriculum
  • Develop an empirical framework for writing to provide a strong foundation for creating age-specific measures and effective tools for monitoring progress