September 23, 2008
For immediate release
Amber Moran, a doctoral student at the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, has been awarded a Philip & Aida Siff Educational Foundation Fellowship for the 2008-2009 academic year. In the letter announcing the $7500 award, the Foundation wrote, “You are to be commended for your academic achievements to date and your obvious dedication to the achievement of a higher education. We trust that the Fellowship awarded will allow you to pursue your graduate education with additional enthusiasm.”
The Siff Foundation, based in Santa Barbara, supports doctoral students researching education of the developmentally disabled.
During the 2008-2009 school year Moran will conduct research investigating methods to teach mathematics problem solving to students with Learning Disability or who are at academic risk. In addition Moran will work to develop methods to teach literacy skills effectively to English Language Learners. Both areas of research aim to further equip educators to deliver strategic instruction to students at risk.
Amber Moran, currently doctoral student in the Special Education, Disabilities and Risk Studies emphasis in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School, previously taught students with mild to moderate disabilities in an urban public school in Louisiana. Moran is currently interested in mathematics development pertaining to problem solving, English Language Learners, and teacher education. Her valuable experience in the classroom has been a great asset to her research.
“I am honored and thankful to accept this award from the Siff Foundation,” Moran says. “With this award I will continue to conduct research to further understanding the needs of students with disabilities and educators who serve them.”
[Amber Moran is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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