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Staci Bechard Receives Research Scholarship

Staci BechardStaci Bechard, an ENHP senior student majoring in integrated elementary and special education, submitted a proposal to the Women’s Education and Leadership Fund, Dorothy Goodwin Summer Research Scholars program. Her proposal was accepted in March, 2012. Funding begins in summer 2012. 

Bechard is exploring instructional practices for itinerate teachers in third world countries. She believes that transitioning from teaching in the developed world to teaching in developing countries can be a difficult process. She intends to create a manual to support and guide itinerant teachers working in developing countries for short periods of time. She will observe and analyze the instructional strategies that can be used by non-governmental organizations placing teachers in short-term assignments in high needs areas. Her particular focus will be Haiti.

This is Bechard's second trip to Haiti.  She will be continuing her work with the non-profit organization Haiti Family Initiative (HFI).  HFI is a non-profit organization that was formed after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The focus of this organization is a holistic approach to improving the health, education and  welfare of  families in Jacmel, Haiti.

John Tapper, assistant professor in the Department of Education, will be advising Bechard as she prepares appropriate survey and interview questions.  The manual itself will involve organizing her research into common themes before it can be compiled.

Contact Staci Bechard at bechard@hartford.edu to discuss this project.