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Graduate student Amy Lerner wins grad school award

Amy Lerner

Amy Lerner

Amy Lerner, a Ph.D. student in the Early Childhood, Intervention and Literacy program, has won a Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award from Carolina’s Graduate School.

Lerner won the award for a research project aimed at helping teachers learn what they need to know to help refugee students, primarily those from Burma.

Lerner will be among those honored at the Graduate School’s Annual Student Recognition Celebration on April 10. The event will include a poster session at which awardees will present their projects.

Last summer, Lerner developed and published a guide called “Educating the Refugee Child: A Resource Guide for Teachers.”  Printed copies were distributed to several elementary schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district in time for the start of classes this fall. The Chapel Hill area has a significant population of Burmese refugees, with approximately 200 refugee students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system.

Since coming to Carolina, she has been the recipient of a Research Triangle Schools Partnership doctoral student seed grant, a Community Engagement Fellowship from the Carolina Center for Public Service, and a Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund grant from The Reed Foundation. As part of these projects, Lerner is conducting research aimed at understanding the challenges and opportunities for successfully integrating refugee children into school communities, and increasing their academic potential.

Lerner spent the Fall semester in the District of Columbia, conducting research for her Reed Foundation grant project.

Lerner describes her project in this video profile.