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Fordham First Receipient of Cosby Foundation Award

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NEW YORK Fordham University is the first recipient of the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation Grant to train New York City public school kindergarten through second grade teachers to teach students who are at risk for reading difficulties. The three-year grant of $758,000, awarded to Fordham's Graduate School of Education, provides 20 full-tuition scholarships each year to "Young Readers at Risk: Identification and Intervention," a new program that begins in September. "The grant will enable us to create a new model for classroom teaching informed by current research in preventing early reading difficulties," said Joanna Uhry, Ed.D., Fordham assistant professor of education and program director. "This program is unique because it is a collaboration between the foundation, the University and experienced teachers of young children." "Our son, Ennis William Cosby, was passionate about education," William H. and Camille O. Cosby said in a statement. "He wanted all students to feel the joy, excitement and accomplishment of learning. By reaching out to working teachers, the program at Fordham will enable educators to translate their daily course work into immediate impact in the classroom." Uhry is a reading researcher and teacher educator. She is co-author of Dyslexia, Theory and Practice of Remedial Instruction (York Press). Uhry will be collaborating with Carolyn Olivier, Ed.M., education director of the foundation, to develop the program. Olivier is co-author of Learning to Learn (Simon and Schuster), a book for parents about learning differences. Open houses for interested teachers will be held 6:30 p.m., March 1 and March 22 at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus, 113 W. 60th St., Manhattan. For more information, and to confirm open house attendance, call (212) 636-6449. Information about the program also is available at The Cosbys established the foundation ( in 1997 to fulfill the goals and dreams of their late son Ennis. His common greeting to old friends and new acquaintances, "Hello, Friend," inspired the name of the foundation. The foundation promotes early recognition, compassionate understanding and effective education for all people with learning differences. Founded in 1841, Fordham is New York City's Jesuit university. It has residential campuses in the north Bronx and Manhattan, as well as academic centers in Tarrytown and Armonk, N.Y. 2/00

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