Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall Honored for His Community Engagement with Connecticut Schools
Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project (CWP) Fairfield and assistant professor has been named as a 2018 Divergent Award for Excellence recipient by Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research. Crandall, who was recognized locally with an Elizabeth M. Pfriem Inspiration Award last spring, will be honored at Oklahoma State University in February. The award is given to innovative researchers who dedicate their careers to the theoretical and practical study of 21st century literacies.
"Bryan has been a leader and an inspiration for all of us in GSEAP," said Dean Bob Hannafin. "He is a tireless advocate for all children, but especially underprivileged kids."
In 2014-2015, Crandall and a team of six local educators collaborated to provide high school students with opportunities to compose digitally about their local communities. Funded through the John Legend Show Me Campaign, MacArthur Foundation, and National Writing Project, the LRNG Innovation Award project culminated at Fairfield University with a “Writing Our Lives-Digital Ubuntu” conference. In 2014 Crandall also established Ubuntu Academy, a literacy lab for newly arrived refugees and immigrant youth in support of English language acquisition and academic success.
More recently, Crandall has designed summer Young Adult Literacy Labs hosted at Fairfield University. In these Labs students from grades 3-12 participate in workshops in a wide variety of genres.
Margaret Hiller, executive director of Bridgeport Public Education Fund said, “Dr. Crandall has done so much to form robust partnerships with Bridgeport Public Schools. Bryan continues to give students the opportunity to experience learning on a college campus at Fairfield, and because of his dedication to urban education, has formed invaluable partnerships that did not exist before all of his efforts."