Noel Studio Receives Literacy Grant to Develop Community Reads Programming

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The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity has received a 2017 Literacy Grant from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in the amount of $2,000. The project is “Community Reads: Developing Critical Reading and Metacognitive Practices in Students.”

Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is committed to academic excellence through outstanding teaching and student learning. The recent Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) focuses on developing critical readers through metacognitive practices. In other words, students will learn to employ and analyze reading strategies and, in the process, become more purposeful learners.

Many students come to campus thinking that the reading and learning strategies they used in high school will serve them well when they arrive on the university campus. Too often, students enter their first writing class with a stack of books to read, annotate, and reflect on with no formal education about the most effective strategies to ensure deep learning, which allows students to develop transferable strategies for application across academic experiences. Deep learning prompts students to employ metacognitive strategies—those that encourage students to think about their own thinking and learning. Students at EKU begin learning these strategies in first-year courses, and they hone critical reading skills—the ability to read with purpose and to read actively--throughout their experience.

This grant will allow the Noel Studio to develop the pilot version of a summer program designed to develop critical reading and metacognitive strategies in high school students to prepare them for college-level reading and learning. This pilot program will bring high-school students into the space over the course of approximately three days and pair them with highly trained peer consultant facilitators who would model and facilitate learning of critical reading skills of a variety of texts through metacognitive processes during interactive workshops, one-on-one consultations, and creative activities. This pilot program will allow the Noel Studio to design the ideal collaborative model for such a literacy partnership and, in the process, prepare area high school students for critical reading, learning, and metacognitive thinking in college. This program stands to become a model for the EKU community and the region, creating a bridge of teaching and learning activity.

In addition, the Noel Studio will learn more about the transition between high school and university student critical reading and metacognition strategies, along with strategies taught in high school.

Published on June 05, 2017