Congratulations to Dr. Hazel Katz, associate professor of education from Hoschton, Georgia, who has been awarded a 2014 Literacy Grant by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. She is one of 14 recipients nationwide to receive the award.
The grant will support the “Improving Higher Order Literacy Skills through Reading and Writing” project. Dr. Katz will use the award to provide high-interest literacy activities that allow first grade students to learn a variety of reading and writing skills. Using the skills learned, 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.
Her project involves five first-grade teachers, 100 first-grade students and the media specialist at West Jackson Primary School, a diverse, rural school in Jackson County. Through 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.
Katz has been at Brenau since 2001 and teaches literacy and foundation classes. She frequently supervises student teachers in Jackson County and her granddaughter attended West Jackson Primary and West Jackson Intermediate School.