Since 2007, TCALL has hosted Barbara Bush Fellows with funding from the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The Barbara Bush Fellows are doctoral students at Texas A&M University who are engaged in research, writing, and development of resources and presentations in topics relevant to family literacy.
These generous fellowships consist of a one-year award, which may be used to offset the cost of travel expenses to conferences, dissertation research, and/or tuition, fees, and maintenance while a student is enrolled at Texas A&M University. During their fellowship year, students will have the opportunity to present their work at national family literacy conferences and publish their research in peer-reviewed journals.
Marla Rea, a doctoral student in bilingual education, is currently dean of instruction for English Language Learners for Bryan High School and has taught in public schools from Pre-K through high school. She is interested in researching how immigrant families’ access to continuing education opportunities affects their children’s success in school.
Renata Russo, an adult education doctoral student, is following up on a year of research as a TCALL Fellow in adult literacy and is interested in the impact of the four components of a family literacy program on parents’ literacy development in obtaining their GED.
Megan Terry, a doctoral student in school psychology and a 2007-2008 Barbara Bush Fellow, will retest and analyze the measures she created for the Home Literacy Environment Test that was administered to Head Start parents in Brazos County so that it can soundly be used by a variety of researchers and professionals to improve literacy in the home.