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Cazenovia College receives $2,000 Phi Kappa Phi literacy grant

Grant will allow College to strengthen partnership with Cazenovia Community Preschool through the sharing of multicultural literacy resources

Cazenovia College Education professor Erica V. Miller, (left) and Stefanie Lints, CCP Director (right) are looking forward to providing preschool students at CCCP with multicultural literature and literacy resources this fall.

Cazenovia College Education professor Erica V. Miller, (left) and Stefanie Lints, CCP Director (right) are looking forward to providing preschool students at CCCP with multicultural literature and literacy resources this fall.

— The Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant Selection Committee and the Society Board of Directors recently notified Cazenovia College that its literacy grant proposal, Multicultural Books in Early Childhood Students' Hands, has received full funding in the amount of $2,000.

“The grant will support our efforts to strengthen the existing partnership between Cazenovia College's Inclusive Early Childhood Education Program and the Cazenovia Community Preschool through the sharing of high quality multicultural literacy resources,” according to Erica V. Miller, Ed.D., assistant professor and program director of Cazenovia College’s Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Inclusive Elementary Education Programs.

This project will allow faculty with expertise in the area of multicultural literacy and literature the opportunity to provide Cazenovia College students in ED 325 - Multicultural Literacy class and the Cazenovia Community Preschool (CCP) staff with training for how to integrate high quality multicultural literature into their instruction.

“College students in ED 325 - Multicultural Literacy will gain real life experience in curriculum design and implementation, while the preschool students from Cazenovia Community Preschool will have their literacy instruction enriched through the integration of multicultural literature and literacy resources,” Miller said.

In the upcoming fall 2014 semester, Miller’s education students will make multicultural-themed backpacks filled with books and literacy activities and give them to the Cazenovia Community Preschool. College faculty and students will also train the CCP staff on how to integrate the backpacks into their instruction.

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