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Kayla Dolan to Present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Kayla Dolan croppedThe School of Education is proud to announce that Kayla Dolan’s research has been accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research held at the University of Kentucky.  Kayla is a Senior Special Education major whose research interests include Response to Intervention (RtI), the use of progress monitoring in data based decision making, and the incorporation of cross-discipline mentors into field experiences to train pre-service teachers.  Kayla’s research submission entitled Utilizing a RtI Service Learning Program to Train Pre-Service Teachers, was selected from more than 4,000 submissions.  Kayla has worked as a research assistant to Dr. Sarah Vess for the past two years.  According to mentor, Dr. Sarah Vess, “Kayla is a valued asset to our department.  I have watch Kayla develop from a student interested in the concept of RtI to a student who could teach a college course on RtI over the course of those two years. “ Kayla is a leader in the area of research and university service.  She serves as the President of the HPU student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children and coordinates several volunteer opportunities for students involved in the organization.

 

Alyssa Springer to Present at NCUR 2014

Alyssa SpringerAlyssa Springer, an HPU elementary education senior, is presenting at the National conference for the Council of Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2014) at the University of Kentucky in April.

Her research stems from her 8 week internship in an elementary school in London.  Alyssa focused on comparing and contrasting the International Baccalaureate Program and Common Core State Standards that is currently being implemented in the United States.  Her presentation will focus on the similarities and differences of the educational philosophies, and is titled “A Globalized Education: A Comparative Study of the International Baccalaureate and Common Core State Standards Systems.”

Chosen from more than 4,000 submissions, her research demonstrates a unique contribution to education.  Dr. Cavendish, Alyssa’s faculty mentor, stated, “Alyssa is a motivated and insightful researcher.  She has delved into a unique aspect of curriculum development just at the time as we as a nation have been working diligently to become more global. I am proud to be able to have the opportunity to work with her.”  Dr. Cavendish will accompany Alyssa to the University of Kentucky to support her in this unique opportunity.  While at NCUR 2014, Alyssa will be presenting her work to peers, faculty, and staff from around the world.

 

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