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Adjunct Faculty Training, Mentoring And Evaluation At The Department Level, John Griffith Feb 2018

Adjunct Faculty Training, Mentoring And Evaluation At The Department Level, John Griffith

Publications

Improve the learning experience for students by improving performance of adjunct faculty. Learn the strategies and tools used by an award-winning university to support adjunct faculty.


An Examination Of Fourth-Grade Teachers’ Trade Book Selection, Kristin M. Norman Aug 2017

An Examination Of Fourth-Grade Teachers’ Trade Book Selection, Kristin M. Norman

Master of Education Research Theses

Children’s trade books are a pervasive force in elementary school classrooms. Teachers utilize these trade books for various instructional purposes. Research studies revealed that teachers’ selection of children’s trade books is a complex process involving many factors. This study examined the factors that influenced three fourth-grade public school teachers’ selection of trade books for classroom instruction. Each teacher met one of these criteria: five years or less of teaching experience, six to 15 years of experience, and 16 years or more of experience. Interviews were conducted with each teacher to determine the trade books they selected for teaching ...


Comparative Analyses Of Discourse In Specialized Stem School Classes, Colby Tofel-Grehl, Carolyn M. Callahan, Louis S. Nadelson Feb 2017

Comparative Analyses Of Discourse In Specialized Stem School Classes, Colby Tofel-Grehl, Carolyn M. Callahan, Louis S. Nadelson

Teacher Education and Leadership Faculty Publications

The authors detail the discourse patterns observed within mathematics and science classes at specialized STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) high schools. Analyses reveal that teachers in mathematics classes tended to engage their students in authoritative discourse while teachers in science classes tended to engage students in dialogic discourse. The authors examined variations in the type of discourse in relationship to the discipline being taught, the educational level of the teacher, and course requirements were also explored.


Superintendent Leadership In Small, Rural Minnesota Public Schools, Timothy Plath Jan 2017

Superintendent Leadership In Small, Rural Minnesota Public Schools, Timothy Plath

Doctorate in Education

The purpose of the research was to investigate the leadership skills of rural Minnesota superintendents alongside the academic achievement of the school district. Through the correlates of school leadership espoused by Waters and Marzano, this research analyzed the leadership characteristics of the superintendents in those districts and the level of educational excellence achieved under them.

A multiple case study methodology was used to study nine rural Minnesota school districts and superintendents. Through a written survey, this study considered collaborative goal setting, nonnegotiable goals for academic achievement, board alignment with district goals, monitoring achievement and instruction, and allocating resources to support ...


Transforming The Preparation Of Leaders Into A True Partnership Model, Mary Devin Sep 2016

Transforming The Preparation Of Leaders Into A True Partnership Model, Mary Devin

Educational Considerations

In the early 2000s, as public education moved into the accountability era spawned by passage of No Child Left Behind in 2001, landmark research produced convincing evidence of the importance of leadership.


Effective Use Of Modern And Personal Media In The Classroom, Kye Jonson May 2016

Effective Use Of Modern And Personal Media In The Classroom, Kye Jonson

Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings

No abstract provided.


Classroom Management And The Librarian, Heidi Blackburn, Lauren Hays Jan 2014

Classroom Management And The Librarian, Heidi Blackburn, Lauren Hays

Criss Library Faculty Publications

As librarians take on more instructional responsibilities, the need for classroom management skills becomes vital. Unfortunately, classroom management skills are not taught in library school and therefore, many librarians are forced to learn how to manage a classroom on the job. Different classroom settings such as one-shot instruction sessions and for-credit courses require different management techniques. Also, individuals are often more comfortable with certain strategies compared to other strategies for managing a classroom. With different course settings and personalities of instructors the need to learn classroom management strategies must be recognized for its importance in successful classes taught by librarians.


Neuroscience For Educators: What Are They Seeking, And What Are They Finding?, Cayce J. Hook, Martha J. Farah Aug 2013

Neuroscience For Educators: What Are They Seeking, And What Are They Finding?, Cayce J. Hook, Martha J. Farah

Neuroethics Publications

What can neuroscience offer to educators? Much of the debate has focused on whether basic research on the brain can translate into direct applications within the classroom. Accompanying ethical concern has centered on whether neuroeducation has made empty promises to educators. Relatively little investigation has been made into educators’ expectations regarding neuroscience research and how they might find it professionally useful. In order to address this question, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 13 educators who were repeat attendees of the Learning & the Brain conferences. Responses suggest that ‘brain based’ pedagogical strategies are not all that is sought; indeed, respondents were more often drawn to the conference out of curiosity about the brain than a desire to ...


The Influence Of Classroom Instruction And Test Preparation On School Accountability Levels, Karen Adair Carter Bryant May 2012

The Influence Of Classroom Instruction And Test Preparation On School Accountability Levels, Karen Adair Carter Bryant

Dissertations

Federal and state educational agencies provide guidelines for public schools across the United States to follow (Linn, 2008; Levy, 2008). During a time of highstakes testing fueled by school accountability standards, educators strive to meet requirements for academic growth in order to maintain a successful accountability level and avoid being labeled as a school under improvement (Behrent, 2009; Hardman & Dawson, 2008). Some argue that the demands of accountability standards pressure administrators and teachers to provide less than adequate instruction in order to focus on the content of mandatory state tests (Abrams & Madaus, 2003; Anderson, 2009; Behrent, 2009; Hamilton, 2003; Neill, 2003; Pedulla, 2003). This study examined the instructional strategies prevalent in public schools across the state of Mississippi. The study compared instructional strategies supported by research with test practice activities and the relationships of ...


Common Errors Of Two Contemporary Classrooms: A Capstone, Helen M. Cauley Apr 2012

Common Errors Of Two Contemporary Classrooms: A Capstone, Helen M. Cauley

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

The work covers the issue of common of grammatical errors made by first-year writing students. Includes a case study, results, and analysis.


Using The Sunspotter In The Stem Curriculum, Richard Schmude Mar 2012

Using The Sunspotter In The Stem Curriculum, Richard Schmude

Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching & Learning Conference

Attendees will be introduced to the Sunspotter in this workshop. This is a device that projects an image of the Sun safely. Attendees can expect to learn how to incorporate this instrument into their classroom.


Handy Manny And The Emergent Literacy Technology Toolkit, Howard P. Parette, Jack Hourcade, Nichole Boeckmann, Craig Blum Aug 2010

Handy Manny And The Emergent Literacy Technology Toolkit, Howard P. Parette, Jack Hourcade, Nichole Boeckmann, Craig Blum

Jack Hourcade

This paper outlines the use of a technology toolkit to support emergent literacy curriculum and instruction in early childhood education settings. Components of the toolkit include hardware and software that can facilitate key emergent literacy skills. Implementation of the comprehensive technology toolkit enhances the development of these critical literacy skills in at-risk young learners.


Handy Manny And The Emergent Literacy Technology Toolkit, Howard P. Parette, Jack Hourcade, Nichole Boeckmann, Craig Blum Jan 2010

Handy Manny And The Emergent Literacy Technology Toolkit, Howard P. Parette, Jack Hourcade, Nichole Boeckmann, Craig Blum

Special Education and Early Childhood Studies Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper outlines the use of a technology toolkit to support emergent literacy curriculum and instruction in early childhood education settings. Components of the toolkit include hardware and software that can facilitate key emergent literacy skills. Implementation of the comprehensive technology toolkit enhances the development of these critical literacy skills in at-risk young learners.


A Closer Look At One Elementary School's Use Of Informational Text In Classroom Instruction, Marjean Sorensen Dec 2009

A Closer Look At One Elementary School's Use Of Informational Text In Classroom Instruction, Marjean Sorensen

All Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this action research study was to explore the use of informational text in kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms in one elementary school. The research was based on analyzing responses given by teachers on a self-report survey; which addressed various aspects of their use of informational texts. The survey included questions about the sources teachers used to find informational texts, the criteria used in selection of such texts, and the frequency and purposes for informational text use. These data were then compared according to teachers' years of teaching experience and grade level taught to see the influence of ...


Enhancing Student Learning With Brain-Based Research, Ted Bonnema Nov 2009

Enhancing Student Learning With Brain-Based Research, Ted Bonnema

All Regis University Theses

This paper discusses brain-based learning and its relation to classroom instruction. A growing quantity of research currently exists regarding how the brain perceives, processes, and ultimately learns new information. In order to maximize their teaching efficacy, educators should have a basic understanding of key memory functions in the brain, and how these functions relate to student learning. In this paper, the author surveys current literature to identify foundational instructional strategies that are supported by brain-based research. A Microsoft PowerPoint© presentation is included that is intended for use at an in-service training with the goal of providing participants with (1) an ...


Using Microsoft® Powerpoint™ To Support Emergent Literacy Skill Development For Young Children At-Risk Or Who Have Disabilities, Howard Phillips Parette, Jack J. Hourcade, Nichole M. Boeckmann, Craig Blum Sep 2009

Using Microsoft® Powerpoint™ To Support Emergent Literacy Skill Development For Young Children At-Risk Or Who Have Disabilities, Howard Phillips Parette, Jack J. Hourcade, Nichole M. Boeckmann, Craig Blum

Jack Hourcade

In the 21st century, “Digital Children” (Edyburn, 2002) are growing up in a world rich with technology, including cell phones, iPods, email, PalmPilots, Web sites, discussion boards, chat rooms, the Internet, and electronic toys and learning games (Siraj-Blatchford & Whitebread, 2003). Young children whose families use technology acquire knowledge of and skills in language and literacy in part through exposure to technology in the home (Jewitt, 2006). For example, McGee and Richgels (2006) observed that many young children become aware of the existence of print and its use by their families in their daily lives through screen presentations on the computer ...


Leadership Development For Elementary Students, Krista Ullestad Jun 2009

Leadership Development For Elementary Students, Krista Ullestad

All Regis University Theses

Leadership development among elementary aged students is an essential part of character building and moral maturity. Based on the premise that the promotion of authentic leadership development in young students occurs infrequently in most school systems, this author articulates strategies to include effective leadership exploration in a safe, elementary school environment. The researcher (a) identifies a variety of definitions of leadership, (b) lists the characteristics of quality leadership, (c) suggests a process for developing young student leaders, and (d) provides insight into the future impact of early leadership training. The results include: (a) leadership standards to guide classroom instruction, (b ...


Reading Outcomes Of Pre-Literate 3rd-Grade Students After Two Years Of Combined Reading Classroom Instruction And Individualized Intervention Or Classroom Instruction, Jon T. Lopez Oct 2008

Reading Outcomes Of Pre-Literate 3rd-Grade Students After Two Years Of Combined Reading Classroom Instruction And Individualized Intervention Or Classroom Instruction, Jon T. Lopez

Student Work

This study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of a combination regular classroom reading and reading reteaching approach to teaching reading to pre-literate 3rd-grade students who were determined to be below proficient readers (n = 14) compared to the effectiveness of regular classroom reading instruction alone provided to 3rd-grade readers ( n = 14) determined to have barely proficient pre-literate skills. Barely proficient and below proficient reading level designations were determined by psychometrically derived cutscores developed in order to minimize classification error. This study found that although students on both sides of the cutscore made achievement gains in reading, gains were not all ...


Using Microsoft® Powerpoint™ To Support Emergent Literacy Skill Development For Young Children At-Risk Or Who Have Disabilities, Howard Phillips Parette, Jack J. Hourcade, Nichole M. Boeckmann, Craig Blum Aug 2008

Using Microsoft® Powerpoint™ To Support Emergent Literacy Skill Development For Young Children At-Risk Or Who Have Disabilities, Howard Phillips Parette, Jack J. Hourcade, Nichole M. Boeckmann, Craig Blum

Special Education and Early Childhood Studies Faculty Publications and Presentations

In the 21st century, “Digital Children” (Edyburn, 2002) are growing up in a world rich with technology, including cell phones, iPods, email, PalmPilots, Web sites, discussion boards, chat rooms, the Internet, and electronic toys and learning games (Siraj-Blatchford & Whitebread, 2003). Young children whose families use technology acquire knowledge of and skills in language and literacy in part through exposure to technology in the home (Jewitt, 2006). For example, McGee and Richgels (2006) observed that many young children become aware of the existence of print and its use by their families in their daily lives through screen presentations on the computer ...


Using Student Response Systems In Economics And Finance Classes, Jean Snavely, Michelle Trawick Feb 2008

Using Student Response Systems In Economics And Finance Classes, Jean Snavely, Michelle Trawick

Finance Faculty Publications

Student response systems (clickers) offer the potential for student engagement and active learning in the classroom. Use of the technology can also help instructors identify areas of uncertainty and use student feedback to customize lectures. Earlier identification of problem areas for both student and instructor should lead to more efficient and effective use of class time and better learning outcomes. This presentation covers best practices in the use of clickers in introductory statistics and principles of managerial finance classes. Topics include how to use clickers, sample exercises, what has worked and what hasn’t worked from personal experience, how to ...


Earth Science Mini-Lessons: A Service-Learning Strategy For Improving Attitudes Toward Science Of Preservice Elementary Teachers, K. Thompson, B. R. Bickmore, Charles R. Graham, S. C. Yanchar Jun 2007

Earth Science Mini-Lessons: A Service-Learning Strategy For Improving Attitudes Toward Science Of Preservice Elementary Teachers, K. Thompson, B. R. Bickmore, Charles R. Graham, S. C. Yanchar

All Faculty Publications

Science instruction in elementary school classrooms is frequently lacking in the United States. One factor that impacts the amount and quality of science instruction is teacher attitudes toward science. The Earth Science Mini-Lesson Project is a strategic program created to help improve preservice elementary school teachers' attitudes toward science in a one-semester college class. Students participating in this project create earth science mini-lessons on topics taken from the Utah Core Curriculum Standards and teach them to elementary students at a local Title I grade school. Attitude survey results from both semesters showed that this service-learning outreach program positively affected students ...


The Impact Of Peer Social Status On Social Interactions And Achievement In Small Learning Groups For Mathematics, Anne M. Stadelman Jun 2007

The Impact Of Peer Social Status On Social Interactions And Achievement In Small Learning Groups For Mathematics, Anne M. Stadelman

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research study investigated the impact of peer social status on first graders' social interactions and the construction of mathematical concepts during small group collaboration for mathematics under two conditions: when the groups were composed of students with equal social status and when the groups were composed of students with diverse social status. The research took place in a first grade urban classroom with 16 students in Western New York. The researcher, as an objective observer, studied all students during Investigations activities. In addition, three different focus groups were observed: a high social status group, a low social status group ...


Examining The Effectiveness Of Computer Animations As A Tool In Teaching High School Introductory Chemistry, Carl G. Bailey Jan 2007

Examining The Effectiveness Of Computer Animations As A Tool In Teaching High School Introductory Chemistry, Carl G. Bailey

All Regis University Theses

Computer animations may provide educators with a viable way to address chemistry's abstract nature. Current research suggests that students benefit from even short exposure to computer animations of molecular events. This applied study examined the potential benefit of using computer animations to enhance traditional teaching techniques. Two groups of students, one taught with computer animations and one taught without computer animations, completed the same assessments. Statistical analysis of the assessments provides evidence that the use of computer animations leads to improved student comprehension of microscopic processes and their relationship to macroscopic phenomena occurring in gases.


Promoting Lifelong Learning Through The Use Of Self-Regulated Learning: A Guide For Intermediate Educators, Gail Herin Jan 2007

Promoting Lifelong Learning Through The Use Of Self-Regulated Learning: A Guide For Intermediate Educators, Gail Herin

All Regis University Theses

The author presented the concept of self-regulated learning (SRL) as a method to encourage students to become lifelong learners. A review of literature showed the need for lifelong learners. The literature revealed the theories behind SRL in education. In addition, the literature demonstrated that the components of SRL can be taught to students as young as the primary grades. This author developed a presentation that provided information for elementary educators; specifically intermediate educators, about SRL and how to establish a high SRL environment in their classrooms. Also addressed was the creation of collaborative communities as a support system for the ...


Ways To Implement The Practices Of The Met School Onto A Traditional Grade 3-5 Classroom, Melanie A. Molloy Aug 2006

Ways To Implement The Practices Of The Met School Onto A Traditional Grade 3-5 Classroom, Melanie A. Molloy

All Regis University Theses

This project was designed to give grade 3-5 teachers ideas to implement in their classrooms based on the practices of the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center (The Met) in Providence, Rhode Island. The Met School is a high school where personalization, interest-based learning, exhibitions, real-life experiences and parent communication are their main focuses. This in-service presentation focuses on ways to make a classroom more personalized, how to manage a classroom where each student is doing a project of his or her own interest, how to prepare students to do a quarterly exhibition and the importance of communication among students ...


Differentiated Teacher Training For Differentiated Instruction, Kristi Steele Aug 2006

Differentiated Teacher Training For Differentiated Instruction, Kristi Steele

All Regis University Theses

Gifted, bright, unusual, struggling, and special education students are all intermixed in classrooms today. As a result, teachers are expected to differentiate their instruction to meet the varying needs of these students. Unfortunately, the training teachers receive is often inadequate. Experienced and inexperienced teachers have different needs. In this project, the author attempted to solve this problem by designing a staff development workshop that is broken into two sections. The first section is to discuss the reasoning behind differentiated instruction. The second section is for all teachers. This section examines how differentiated instruction stems from a clear purpose of instruction ...


Teachers' Attitudes Toward Inclusion In The Regular Classroom, Rebecca J. Kaisler May 2006

Teachers' Attitudes Toward Inclusion In The Regular Classroom, Rebecca J. Kaisler

All Regis University Theses

Historically, individuals and members of specific groups have always been denied equality in the society in which they live. Denials for equality have been based upon a person's: (a) gender, such as women's suffrage (b) race, such as Rosa Parks and her fearless refusal to give up her seat on a bus; and (c) age, the current trend of some companies to enforce a mandatory retirement age upon employees, even if they are still productive. Currently, a similar equality issue is at stake because of the policy to include disabled students into the regular classroom with their nondisabled ...


A Teacher's Guide To Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd), Alaina L. Hollis Apr 2006

A Teacher's Guide To Understanding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (Adhd), Alaina L. Hollis

All Regis University Theses

Over the past decade, cognitive and behavior problems, characterized by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, have affected millions of children around the world. Collectively, these symptoms are referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD; [American Psychiatric Association, 1994), and it is the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric disorder (Barkley, 1990). The collective problems that define ADHD contribute to one of the most complex childhood disorders of this time (Goldstein & Goldstein, 1998). Typically, the symptoms of ADHD are exacerbated in school settings where high demands are placed on children. Because ADHD is so prevalent in academia, teachers need to fully ...


Online Education: The Changing Face Of Higher Education, Patrick G. Moore Aug 2005

Online Education: The Changing Face Of Higher Education, Patrick G. Moore

All Regis University Theses

As the shift from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy advances, the demand for information will continue to rise. With knowledge becoming such an important asset, obtaining information is becoming more of a priority for our society. Higher education is responding to this demand with the use of online education. Technology now provides an avenue to obtain education over the Internet. Time, space, and distance limitations are no longer a deterrent to pursuing new information. As with any new technology, time is needed to refine and determine how to best use it. Online education is no different. In this ...


Measuring The Environmental Attitudes Of Children In Grade 4: A Study In Clark County, Amir Khawaja Apr 2003

Measuring The Environmental Attitudes Of Children In Grade 4: A Study In Clark County, Amir Khawaja

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

The purpose of this study was to examine whether there is an increased positive effect on children's attitude when they are taught about the environment in an outdoor/hands-on setting versus an indoor traditional classroom setting. The study focused on grade four students in the Clark County School District. Half of the group was comprised of students that were taught about the environment using traditional classroom learning materials while the other half consisted of students that were taught using the outdoor/hands-on approach. In order to test the results, the students were given a survey. The questionnaire created by ...