Robert Bruce Scott, assistant professor of special education at Fort Hays State University, has received a $1,000 grant from the Kansas State Department of Education for his position paper "Delivering on the Standards for All Kansas Students."
Scott submitted a proposal for the paper to the Planning and Research Office of the Kansas State Department of Education, and his paper will be presented to the Kansas State Board of Education.
Scott's research included interviews with administrators and teachers in Kansas public schools, including Jerry Esfeld, of Jefferson Elementary School in Great Bend, KS, who was Mr. Scott's fourth grade teacher.
"Mrs. Esfeld's insistence that fun be an integral part of learning had a significant impact on my understanding of the problems facing Kansas schools today," explained Scott.
According to Scott, school systems need to protect the learning environment from undue stress by encouraging teachers to focus on planning lessons which will engage and challenge all students by evaluating the effectiveness of these lessons through informal assessments.