The Sara B. McCraw Memorial Reading Fund
The Sara B. McCraw Memorial Reading Fund furthers the professional aspirations of Dr. Sara B. McCraw, a new Assistant Professor at East Carolina University. Before that, she earned a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University, a B.S in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, a Reading Specialist Certification (M.Ed.) from the University of Delaware, an M.A. in Education from the University of Delaware, and, finally, a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Delaware. She had just begun her career at ECU in 2011 and was well on her way to building a national reputation in the field of writing research when she lost her battle with cancer, in 2012.
Dr. McCraw dedicated her life to creating and disseminating engaging, evidence-based classroom practices that cultivated motivated and self-directed readers and writers, especially in classrooms that served diverse and under-served students. She also worked to enhance the preparation of college students who seek to dedicate their lives to the teaching profession.
The Fund has three goals:
- Provide funding to qualified teacher candidates who are at-risk of not completing their internships due to financial hardship
- Defray the cost of travel to professional conferences for qualified doctoral students in literacy who have original research to share
- Place teachers-in-training in community-based settings where, as a requirement of their preparation, they learn evidence-based literacy teaching strategies and tutor elementary-aged students in reading and writing
Teacher Candidate Scholarships
An emergency fund set up at ECU to assist teacher candidates in good standing during their full-time internship in the event they encounter financial hardships that might threaten their ability to finish school.
Doctoral Student Travel Support
A competitive fund created at the University of Delaware for travel to any conference to share original research
A competitive, memorial travel scholarship for travel to the Literacy Research Association’s annual conference to share original research
“When Sara Smiles” Grants
The When Sara Smiles grants help schools of education and their community-based partners defray the cost of placing teachers-in-training in settings where they tutor elementary school students in reading and writing. Any accredited teacher preparation program and its community-based partner (schools, nonprofit agencies) that already has a service-learning component in the program is eligible to apply. The funds are intended to be used to defray the costs of purchasing evidence-based training, instructional and/or assessment materials that have active learning features and have been shown to enhance elementary students’ motivation and self-directed reading and/or writing.