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Professor receives grants from department of elementary and secondary education

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dr. Ye Wang, associate professor of communication sciences and disorders at Missouri State University, was awarded three grants totaling an amount of $108,834.96 from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

An award for $70,448 is being used for the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (EDHH) program. This money will be used for scholarships for students enrolled in the education of the deaf/ hard of hearing (EDHH) program. 

“Currently, 18 states do not have teacher preparation programs for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH),” said Wang.

Missouri State University is the only comprehensive teacher preparation program that prepares graduates to teach students who are DHH in the state of Missouri. Because of this shortage of preparatory programs, there is a shortage of educators to teach children who are DHH.

A contract agreement for $8,694.12 is being used for the see-the-sound/visual phonics workshop.

“Visual Phonics is a tool that uses a combination of visual, tactile, kinesthetic and auditory feedback to facilitate the development of phonemic awareness, reading, spelling and speech production skills,” said Wang.

A contract agreement for $29,652.84 is being used for an on-line community of practice for school districts and approved private agencies in Missouri educating preK-12 students who are deaf of hard of hearing.

“This money will be used to support me to monitor and respond to the on-line community of practice and to support a graduate student to maintain the operation 24/7,” said Wang.

For more information, contact Wang at (417) 836-6347.


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