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FCRR in the News

FCRR Intern Denis Aleman Recognized as One Of FSU’s Student Employees of the Year Award

Florida Center for Reading Research intern, Denis Aleman, has received the 2019 Florida State University Student Employee of the Year Vires Award. The award, given to the student employee who has gone above and beyond in taking initiative in their role, was presented at a special ceremony held on April 8, 2019, in the Oglesby Union Ballroom. “This award was such a monumental milestone in my academic journey. It’s moments like these that reminds me I’m working in my passion, and that student interns can always make an impact if they work hard,” Aleman stated.
Aleman, a senior psychology major with a minor in Sociology, was selected from a pool of over 100 nominees. His supervisor, Associate in Research Jonathan Klepper stated, “Beginning on his first day, he set himself apart from the other undergraduate employees. His interest in the work of FCRR and the Preschool Research Group, as well as his willingness to learn catapulted him to roles not originally expected for a first-semester intern.”

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Reading Champion

FCRR Associate in Research Dr. Jennifer Dombek knows the value of reading. A Seminole since 2002, Dombek completed her undergraduate coursework in Elementary Education. In 2006 she began working at FCRR and continued her graduate studies in Reading and Language Arts. She received her Ph.D. in 2013. Dombek, whose research interests include grade retention, content area literacy instruction, writing assessment, and early literacy interventions, continues to further education research as part of the Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast (REL Southeast). She currently oversees The Impact of Word Knowledge Instruction on Literacy Outcomes in Grade 5 project, which is scheduled to be completed in spring of 2021. Over the past 12 years Jennifer has volunteered with the Big Bend Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC). In 2016, she completed the New York City Marathon on NOCC’s Team Teal as a charity partner, which allowed her to help to support its mission to prevent and cure ovarian cancer and improve the quality of life for her survivors. To learn more about the Big Bend Chapter of the NOCC, please click here.

Educator Resources

Infographic: Considerations for Scheduling Early Literacy Interventions
REL Southeast
Audio File: Tracking Evidence: Making Connections Between Research, Policy, and Practice in the Area of Virtual Education
REL Southeast

Family Resources

Infographic: Defining Dyslexia
National Center on Improving Literacy
Infographic: The Ready Family: An Important Component of Preparing a School-Ready Child
REL Southeast

Researcher Resources

Article: Impact of a Parent Text Messaging Program on Pre-Kindergarteners’ Literacy Development

Graduate Student Profile

Valeria Rigobon is a first year graduate student conducting research among bilingual adults in an effort to analyze how knowing multiple languages can potentially contribute to greater spelling ability among children and adults. Watch the full-length interview below and learn more.
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