Dr. Hazel Katz, an associate professor at Brenau University’s college of education, has been awarded the 2014 Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant.
Founded in 1897, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Katz is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award.
The grant will go to support the “Improving Higher Order Literacy Skills through Reading and Writing” project at Brenau. The initiative provides high-interest, content area-specific literacy activities allowing first-grade students the opportunity to learn and practice multiple reading and writing skills. Using the skills acquired through the project, the students research, write and illustrate their own book, participate in a video interview, and promote and sign their book at an “Author of the Day” event. Through the assistance of the Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant, the project aims to increase achievement in all areas of literacy including reading, writing, listening, speaking, critical thinking and creative expressions.