Colleges at N.C. A&T Receive a $500K Grant from the Cemala Foundation

Greensboro, N.C. (Jan. 24, 2018) – Thanks to a new $500,000 grant from the Cemala Foundation, the College of Education and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will have additional resources to promote early childhood language and literacy development for ethnically and linguistically diverse youth and families in southeast Greensboro. 

“We are extremely thankful to the Cemala Foundation for allowing the College of Education and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences to work with diverse families in our community to strengthen language and literacy development that establishes a strong foundation for their future academic achievement and professional outcomes,” said Anthony Graham, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education. 

The Cemala Foundation awarded the grant to “positively impact the language and literacy skills of children in Greensboro, particularly young boys and girls from the most vulnerable population of our community, using culturally responsive literacy instruction,” he added. 

The program is designed to support responsive practices for educators and families in identified areas. Faculty will use those practices to train preservice teacher education candidates to facilitate language development skills, provide coaching and mentoring, and offer families support for at-home instruction. 

Principal investigators for the project and grant are Valerie McMillan, Ph.D., College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences and Deana McQuitty, Ph.D., Jeff Wolfgang, Ph.D., and Sharita Williams-Crossen, Ph.D. in the College of Education.