The literacy project being written by HWS Education professor Charlie Temple has received a grant of $172,342 from the Education Support Project of the Open Society Institute in Budapest, Hungary.
“Academic Success for Roma Children” was written by Temple with Maria Kovacs, from the EthnoCultural Diversity Resources Center in Cluj, Romania.
Their project will bring together teachers from Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, and Slovakia to develop ways of assessing the literacy-related concepts of Roma or “Gypsy” children, aged 6-8, and develop tutoring strategies to help them learn to read.
Strategies will be similar to those used in the HWS America Reads program; the testing will be part of a project that Temple and others are developing for Allyn and Bacon Publishers. The project will begin in September and run through August 2007.
Students from the HWS-Union College Central Europe Program are likely to be involved during their stay in Romania, Temple said.
“Since one of their courses is on ethnic issues, the project should give them an insiders' look at social policy and social activism directed toward Europe's most colorful but also least assimilated cultural group,” he said. Temple will stay in Romania for the spring 2006 term on a Fulbright Fellowship.