Community Partners: Head Start Programs—PA: Westmoreland County; Beaver County; WVA: Northern Panhandle of West Virginia
Dr. Bagnato received a 5-year research grant ($700,000) from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE). The grant entitled COMET: Center on Mentoring for Effective Teaching was designed to conduct community-based research on an innovative model of individual mentoring to enhance the instructional and management behaviors and overall professional development of Head Start teachers and assistants using an experimental-control group design. The COMET model and research focuses upon Head Start programs in the underserved and under-resourced areas of our Appalachian region in Beaver County, Westmoreland County, and the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. In addition, Dr. Bagnato recently received a 2-year supplementary grant from the Heinz Endowments ($100,000) to develop and disseminate the COMET mentoring materials in both hard copy and on-line. The attached Executive Summary to ACF is the final research report for this highly successful mentoring initiative. A copy of a research article on COMET is attached also.