Writing Lab Outreach Project
c/o Nickola Nelson

1903 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5355

(269) 387-7990
nickola.nelson@wmich.edu

Grant support

Grant for developing the writing lab approach and training graduate students in curriculum-based language instructions and intervention is listed in chronological order.

Project COLLABORATE

(Grant No. HO29B10245 funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, September 1991 to August 1994) This was a personnel preparation grant in which graduate students in speech-language pathology learned to collaborate with general education and special education teachers to provide curriculum-based language assessment and intervention. A key activity was the summer PEAK project run in tandem with Dr. Barbara Harris and her students in the Department of Special Education, with sponsorship by the Kalamazoo Public Schools. Project leadership: Nickola W. Nelson (principal investigator); Michael J. Clark (co-principal investigator) and Donna Oas (project coordinator), Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Western Michigan University.

Linking Text-Processing Tools to Student Needs (LTPT)

(Grant No. H180G20005 funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, January 1993 to December 1995) This was a research grant that involved a series of studies in an after-school computer lab with 3rd to 8th grade students to investigate the use of features of children’s writing software to support written language development of students with written language needs. Project leadership: Christine Bahr (principal investigator), Department of Special Education; Nickola W. Nelson (co-principal investigator) and Adelia M. Van Meter (project coordinator), Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Western Michigan University.

Project Connect: Preparation of Speech-Language Pathologists with Special Competencies for Making Connections

(Grant No. HO29B40183 funded by the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services Director from September 1994 to August, 1998)  This was a personnel preparation grant, in which graduate students learned how to implement curriculum-based language assessment and intervention. It emphasized skills for helping students with language needs connect their spoken and written language and for connecting with teachers in schools. Students in this project participated in the after school writing labs associated with the LTPT project and after it was concluded, they worked in after school writing labs at King Westwood School in Kalamazoo and in the University Unified Clinics. Project leadership: Nickola W. Nelson (principal investigator), Michael J. Clark (co-principal investigator), and Adelia M. Van Meter (project coordinator), Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Western Michigan University.

Writing Lab Outreach Project (WLOP)  

(Grant No. H324R980120 funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from September 1998 to August 2003) This was an outreach project conducted in partnership with Kalamazoo Public Schools. Its key purposes were to further develop the Writing Lab Approach in collaboration with general and special education teachers and to educate other teams of general and special educators and speech-language pathologists in implementing the approach.  School-year collaborative writing labs were set up 3 days per week with teachers and students in Milwood Elementary, the Washington Writers’ Academy, and Spring Valley Center for Exploration. Summer Institutes were held with teams coming from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Texas. Project leadership: Nickola W. Nelson (principal investigator), Christine M. Bahr (co-principal investigator) St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana; and Adelia M. Van Meter (project coordinator), Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Western Michigan University.

Language and literacy for diverse populations: Preparing speech-language pathologists to serve children with high incidence disabilities (LLDP)

(Grant No. H325H010023 funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs from September 2001 to December 2006) This was a personnel preparation grant which is described in the linked web site LLDP. Project leadership: Yvette D. Hyter (principal investigator), Nickola W. Nelson and Michael J. Clark (co-principal investigators), and Adelia M. Van Meter (project coordinator), Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Western Michigan University.