The William T. Grant Foundation has announced five research grants and a fellowship in the areas of reducing inequality and understanding the use of research evidence.
The foundation, which in December announced a new phase in its research focus on improving outcomes for young people, awarded three grants totaling nearly $1.2 million for studies that will examine whether federal housing assistance improves outcomes for children by reducing a family's housing cost burden; what is behind the gap in teacher quality that exists between advantaged and disadvantaged schools; and to what extent the racial gaps in academic and disciplinary outcomes are due to teachers' interpretations of students' emotions. The foundation also awarded a pair of two-year grants totaling more than $900,000 in support of efforts to examine the role of intermediary organizations in leveraging research for education policy and the role of the news media in brokering research evidence for federal policy makers.
In addition, the foundation awarded a Distinguished Fellowship to Angela Calabrese Barton of Michigan State University, who will study how day-to-day practice decisions at two organizations that offer "makerspaces" affect learning opportunities for low-income youth and youth of color. The fellowship includes a cash award of $199,512 over two years.