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Table Of Contents And Introductory Materials For Vol. 23, No. 6, Spring-Summer 2018, Bruce Quantic Jul 2018

Table Of Contents And Introductory Materials For Vol. 23, No. 6, Spring-Summer 2018, Bruce Quantic

The Advocate

Table of contents, editorial information, a message from the president of ATE-K, and a message from the editor for Vol. 23, no. 6, Spring-Summer 2018 for The Advocate.


A Different Level Of Caring: Navigating The Intersections Of Perception Of Care In Teaching, Donna M. Sayman, Kell Carrero, Mandy E. Lusk Jul 2018

A Different Level Of Caring: Navigating The Intersections Of Perception Of Care In Teaching, Donna M. Sayman, Kell Carrero, Mandy E. Lusk

The Advocate

This study sought to predict teacher’s perceptions of caring. We surveyed 457 educators using the Caring Abilities Inventory (Nkongho, 1990). Due to the ever increasing diversity of American classrooms, it is critical to determine how to best recognize, recruit, and prepare the next generation of teachers. Findings indicated differences in caring among gender and race. Implications for teacher preparation programs could be a need to gain insight into gendered and racial notions of care.


Responding To The Needs Of Early Career Sets Through Educator Preparation Programs, Jeongae Kang, Shantel Farnan, Tamara Lynn Jul 2018

Responding To The Needs Of Early Career Sets Through Educator Preparation Programs, Jeongae Kang, Shantel Farnan, Tamara Lynn

The Advocate

Effective collaboration between special education teachers (SETs) and general educator teachers (GETs) is critical to better serve diverse students in the general education classroom. However, multiple areas of needs reported by early career SETs indicate that achieving the goal of effective collaboration is challenging. With a better understanding of the early experiences of SETs and their specific needs, GETs would be more suited to support early career SETs and increase effective partnerships across diverse educational settings. This article identified the needs of beginning SETs and discussed the directions of educator preparation programs in response of the reported needs.


Stem Summer Program Impacts Middle Schoolers, Pre-Service Teachers, Lori Goodson, Todd Goodson, Lacee Sell Jul 2018

Stem Summer Program Impacts Middle Schoolers, Pre-Service Teachers, Lori Goodson, Todd Goodson, Lacee Sell

The Advocate

A partnership between a local school district and a university’s education college has created an innovative program that provides learning opportunities at all levels each summer. Entering its eighth year, the program brings together middle school students, pre-service teachers, classroom teachers, and university graduate students and faculty for a month of hands-on learning in a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities. The program continues to thrive with approximately 50 pre-service teachers, 325-350 middle schoolers, and 20-30 classroom teachers participating. Through the years, it continues to be an engaging and positive experience for those involved.


Parent Involvement In Pre-Kindergarten And The Effects On Student Achievement, Kimberly Mcdowell, Ashlie Jack, Meredith Compton Jul 2018

Parent Involvement In Pre-Kindergarten And The Effects On Student Achievement, Kimberly Mcdowell, Ashlie Jack, Meredith Compton

The Advocate

An ever-present achievement gap has been found among students and their peers. Educational research and literature have found that the growing gap is due in part to a lack of parent involvement in their students’ education and academic performance. The purpose of this study was to investigate how parent involvement affects student achievement and academic success in Pre-Kindergarten. It was hypothesized that parents who display higher levels of involvement will have children who perform better academically. The participants in this study included 26 preschool children and their parents. The researcher utilized a curriculum-based measurement, AIMSweb, and IGDI’s (Indicators of ...


Prospective Teachers’ Perceptions Of Influential Teacher Qualities, Daniel J. Bergman Jul 2018

Prospective Teachers’ Perceptions Of Influential Teacher Qualities, Daniel J. Bergman

The Advocate

While much has been written regarding elements of “good” teachers, little exists with respect to qualities of influential teachers. Prospective science teachers (N = 98) completed a survey identifying and describing influential teachers in their own lives. In addition to demographic data, qualitative content analysis of narratives excavated common themes. The seven most frequent attributes of influential teachers were passion, rapport, pedagogy, time, high expectations, fun, and helpful. Implications for teacher education and research include synergistic combinations of these traits, alignment with literature on effective teaching, development of professional dispositions, and more.


Table Of Contents And Introductory Materials For Vol. 23, No. 5, 2017/2018, Bruce Quantic Jan 2018

Table Of Contents And Introductory Materials For Vol. 23, No. 5, 2017/2018, Bruce Quantic

The Advocate

This includes the table of contents, a message from the ATE-K president, and editorial information for vol. 23, issue 05 (Fall - Winter 2017/2018)


Preliteracy Skills In Primary-Aged English Language Learners, Amy Davis Jan 2018

Preliteracy Skills In Primary-Aged English Language Learners, Amy Davis

The Advocate

This paper describes the transition of English language learners acquiring preliteracy skills in learning to read and the role of productive and receptive language in the development of phonological awareness. As English language learners transition to reading to learn, oral reading fluency becomes an important component of future reading success. Because of the lack of resources, print and language exposure, students acquiring a second language face the challenge of becoming successful readers.


Professional Development Needs For General Education Teachers To Educate Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Natalie Precise, Kim Finch, Cynthia Macgregor Jan 2018

Professional Development Needs For General Education Teachers To Educate Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Natalie Precise, Kim Finch, Cynthia Macgregor

The Advocate

The purpose of this study was to identify areas in which educational leadership could aid in preparing general education teachers to educate children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A needs assessment was conducted through a case study in a rural Missouri school district to identify the level of efficacy noted by teachers of various experience levels. Pre-service preparation and provided professional development were examined to identify ways in which educational leaders could further the knowledge base and effectiveness of general education teachers to teach students with ASD.


Students' Perceptions Of Grading Practices And Impacts On Mindset Development, Julie Thiele Jan 2018

Students' Perceptions Of Grading Practices And Impacts On Mindset Development, Julie Thiele

The Advocate

This study examined the impact grading policies have on students’ mindsets in urban Midwestern middle schools. The components of this quasi-experimental, causal comparative survey research relied on the grading policies in place at the school level and the students’ reporting of their mindset. The findings demonstrated no statistically significant differences between the mindset levels of students from schools with different grading policies. Further analysis revealed inconsistencies between student perceptions of the grading practices and the schools’ stated grading policies. These findings begin to explore the impact grading practices have on students, during the transition from traditional to standards based grading.


Cultivating Courage To Overcome Bullying Through Diversity Book Clubs, Sonja Ezell Jan 2018

Cultivating Courage To Overcome Bullying Through Diversity Book Clubs, Sonja Ezell

The Advocate

As universities enroll increasingly diverse student populations, fill tenure track positions with minority status faculty, and hire staff members conscientiously, they need transformative narratives and culturally sensitive dialogs as adaptive changes. A small university in the Midwest provided a diversity book club to promote weekly conversation among students, faculty, and staff on issues related to race religion, ethnicity, sexuality and gender. This study examines diversity book club study offerings for courageous responses to bullying and recommends practices to cultivate courage to overcome bullying related to diverse populations on university campuses.


Teacher Perceptions Of A Culture Of Thinking, Gary G. Andersen Jan 2018

Teacher Perceptions Of A Culture Of Thinking, Gary G. Andersen

The Advocate

Building classroom and school cultures of thinking is one of the fundamental and critical purposes of education. This study is an exploratory effort to obtain a clearer picture of teachers’ perceptions about eight components of a culture of thinking within their own classroom. The instrument used is a quantitative survey developed by Ritchhart (2015) that examines eight forces of cultures of thinking (expectations, language, modeling, time, opportunities, routines, physical environment and interactions). The survey results provide useful information about potential target areas for those seeking to deepen cultures of thinking in educational settings.


Boot Camp: Preparing Teacher Candidates For The Discipline, Kristi Stuck, Amy Barlow, Gloria Flynn Jan 2018

Boot Camp: Preparing Teacher Candidates For The Discipline, Kristi Stuck, Amy Barlow, Gloria Flynn

The Advocate

Colleges and universities commonly implement orientation courses to help freshmen and transfer students adjust to the academic demands and social challenges of higher education. This article examines one university’s implementation of a similar concept for teacher candidates transitioning from general to professional studies. The seminar, known as Boot Camp, is designed to prepare students for the rigor of coursework/clinical responsibilities and the teaching profession. Through a pre-post seminar questionnaire, participants showed growth in their perceptions and understandings of seminar topics. A faculty questionnaire indicated positive student outcomes from the seminar as observed through coursework and daily interactions with ...


Swinging The Pendulum Towards Social Emotional Support (A Position Paper), Jessica Lane Jan 2018

Swinging The Pendulum Towards Social Emotional Support (A Position Paper), Jessica Lane

The Advocate

This paper discusses how for 15 years mandated high-stakes testing took precedence as the prominent measure of student success. An unintentional consequence of this time was that social-emotional competencies were overlooked. Most recently, the Kansas Department of Education (KSDE) has developed and implemented an accreditation model that is based off of a more holistic look at student success. This new model broadens the scope of academic success, and uses the ideas of relationships, relevance, responsive culture, rigor, and results as key measurable components. This article posits that leveraging the expertise of school counselors in social and emotional development, and providing ...


Elearning For Edleaders At Emporia State University, John Morton, Daniel Stiffler, Nancy Albrecht, Timothy Marshall Jan 2018

Elearning For Edleaders At Emporia State University, John Morton, Daniel Stiffler, Nancy Albrecht, Timothy Marshall

The Advocate

The building level leadership practicum at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS, has moved from a face-to-face experience to a totally online experience. Students participate in 56 total learning activities which are reported online for the two semester course. The program provides flexibility to students and still allows quality interaction via structured discussions. In addition, students select a practicum research project which allows them to gain hands on experiences by following the project from start to completion. The shift in program has garnered positive student response and support. This program utilizes elearning to prepare graduate building level leadership students for ...