VIRGINIA EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION

&

VIRGINIA PROFESSORS OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Annual Meeting

September 14-15, 2017

VERA Program

INCLUSIVITY IN EDUCATION

THURSDAY - September 14, 2017

8:00AM to 4:30PM – Registration on Site

                Lobby of Doubletree Hotel

OPENING SESSIONS

9:00AM         Welcome and Announcements – Dr. Beverly Epps, President

RESEARCH PAPERS

9:15-10:30        PREDICTING & PROMOTING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Promenade Room – Convener: Ann Nash

                

Promoting Postsecondary Access and Readiness: Lessons Learned from an Evaluation of a GEAR UP State Grant Program –  Samantha Spinney & Brooke Shelley, ICF

A Logistic Regression Analysis of Student Experience Factors for The Enhancement of Developmental Post-Secondary Retention Initiatives – Michael Thomas Shenkle & Ellen Lowrie Black, Liberty University

Prediction of Student Achievement Growth by Individual Teacher and School-Related Covariates – Kevin Krost, Virginia Tech

PRE-SERVICE TEACHER DEVELOPMENT+

Jefferson Room – Convener: David Mott

Pre-service Teacher Professional Development through a Summer Elementary Science Camp – Tracy Walker & Trina Spencer, Virginia State University

Bolstering Self-Efficacy of Elementary Pre-service Teachers in Teaching Mathematics – Jodie Brinkmann & Patricia Hastings, Longwood University

Online Professional Development for Early Elementary Teachers: Viability, Engagement, and Support – Kerrigan Mahoney, University of Virginia

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT RESEARCH

Washington Room – Convener: John Goss III

Support Services for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Higher Education – Russ Claxton, Bunnie Claxton, & Deanna Keith, Liberty University

Learning Management Systems (LMS) in Higher Education: Exploring Web Accessibility for People with Cognitive and Learning Disabilities -  Venice Adams & Elizabeth Spingola Virginia Tech

An Analysis of University Online Learning Strategic Plans, Doug Hearrington, James Madison University

10:30-10:45        Break

10:45-12:00        PERCEPTION STUDIES                                

                Promenade Room – Convener: Jacob Bennett
        

The Relationship Among Middle School Students’ Perceptions of Science Class, Science Identification, and Career Goals – Wei Sun, Virginia Tech

The Effect of Socioeconomic Status and Gender on High School Student’s Perceptions about Career and Technical Education  – Briael Chadwell & Kurt Y. Michael, Liberty University

An Examination of Parents’ Perceptions of School Factors That Contribute to and Hinder the Academic Success of Students with Disabilities Attending an Intermediate School in Southeastern Virginia –  Jataune Jones, Virginia Tech

LEADERSHIP RESEARCH

        Jefferson Room – Convener:        Tracy Walker

Perceptions of Secondary Alternative School Principals Educating At-Risk Students in Regards to Leadership Preparation – Fontaine M. Ferebee-Johns, Virginia Tech

Principal Self-efficacy as a Predictor of Student Achievement and Differences Among Principals at Turnaround Versus Fully Accredited Schools in One Urban Virginia School Division – Glenda Walter, Virginia Tech

STUDENT HIGHER EDUCATION RESEARCH

Washington Room – Convener: Russ Claxton

Transitioning Libraries: Campus Centerpieces to Student Learning Communities – Justin Necessary, University of Virginia at Wise

Identity Conflict and University Policy: Responsive Pedagogy in Higher Education – John R. Goss, III, Shenandoah University

12:00-1:00        Networking & Round Table Lunch – Georgio Room

1:00-2:15        INCLUSIVITY IN EDUCATION

Introduction– Dr. Glen I. Earthman

Guest Speaker – Dr. Andrew P. Daire, Dean, College of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

2:15-3:30         STUDENT ISSUES

        Promenade Room – Convener: Glenda Walker

Experiences of Teaching Controversial and Emotive Issues in Terrorism Studies Courses in the Politically-charged Classroom: A Transcendental Phenomenological Study – Samuel J Smith & Blake Douglas DeVolld, Liberty University

Virginia’s Prison Pipeline Begins in Schools: The Criminalization of Students of Color and Students with Disabilities – Kimberly Matthews, Virginia Commonwealth University & Katrice Hawthorne, University of Richmond

Ways in Which Schools can Help Prevent Teen-age Suicides - Vickie Owensby, Virginia Tech

                RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

                Jefferson Room Convener: Glenn Koonce

From Macro to Micro: Addressing Evaluation Challenges Across a Spectrum of Educational Programs Serving the Appalachian Region – Kimberly Cowley & Nate Hixson, ICF

Excluded by Design: The De-Incentivized Nature of Qualitative Research in the Field of Education – Jacob Bennett, University of Virginia

Snapshots of Photovoice: Its Use in K-12 and Higher Education Research Studies – Peggi Hunter, Loyola University Maryland

                READING RESEARCH & UNSCHOOLED STUDENTS

Washington Room – Convener:  John Hanes

Using Multimedia-Based Instruction to Improve Preservice Teacher Knowledge about Evidence-Based Practices for Reading Comprehension Instruction - Kat Alves, Longwood University; Emily Ely, Mary Baldwin University; Mira Cole Williams, James Madison University

The Predictability of Oral Reading Fluency for Adolescent Struggling Readers –Jocelyn Washburn, Virginia Tech

Critical Pedagogy in Unschooling – Kristan Morrison & Sarah Chase, Radford University

3:45-5:00        RESEARCH DIGITAL APPLICAITONS

                Promenade Room – Convener: Samuel J. Smith

Using Digital Storytelling to Explore Cultural Identity Development in Counseling Programs – Karla Collins, Longwood University & Denelle Wallace, Norfolk State University

Creating a Digital Badge Program for Teacher Professional Development – Samantha Hope, Virginia Commonwealth University

Psychometric Item Analysis using jMetrik and Stata – Kevin Krost, Virginia Tech

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & SCHOOL CALENDARS                Jefferson Room – Convener:  Kimberly Cowley

Middle School Science Teachers’ Needs during Self-Learning with Two Online Situated Technology Professional Development Programs – T. J. Wolfe, Regent University

School Calendar and Academic Achievement: The Influence on Students from Low Socioeconomic Backgrounds – Monica L. Huband, Liberty University

RESEARCH IN APPALACHIA & A CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

                Washington Room , Convener – Kat Alves

Out-Migration Causing School Closing in Appalachia, Sharon Hatfield, Jefferson College of Health Sciences

Exploring Inclusivity at a Private Christian University – John Hanes,  Glenn Koonce & Kurt Kreassig, Regent University

Analysis of Graduate Level Principal and Teacher Preparation Candidates on a Christian Leadership Survey at a Private Christian University –  Glenn L. Koonce, John Hanes, & Kurt Kreassig, Regent University

5:00-6:00PM        Reception – Promenade Room/Patio – Cash Bar,

Dinner on Your Own

FRIDAY - September 15, 2017

7:30AM        Continental Breakfast – Promenade Room

8:30-9:30        Business Meeting – Dr. Beverly Epps, President

                Election of new officers

Presentation of Awards:

2016 DISTINGUISHED PAPER AWARD – Michelle Casey, Liberty University

2017 BRENDA LOYD DISSERTATION AWARD – Rebecca Lee Yearout, Virginia Tech

2017 CHARLES E. CLEAR RESEARCH AWARD – Carolyn M Callahan, University of Virginia

                

9:30-10:45        STUDENT LEARNING, & TEACHING COMPENSATION

                Promenade Room – Convener: Katalin Wargo

A Qualitative Analysis of Second Grade Students’ Learning Experiences Using Break-Out Education –  Jessica D. Redcay, Hempfield School District

Preschool Teacher Compensation in Context: Income-to-Needs Ratios and Cost of Living – Bridget E. Thomas, George Mason University

Beyond Sombreros, Chopsticks and Hijabs: Breaking Down Outdated Constructions of Culture – Carmen Ruth Bosch, James Madison University

RESEARCH ON CO-TEACHING

Jefferson Room – Convener: Kristan Morrison

Co-teaching in Kindergarten: A Qualitative Analysis on the Nature of Co-teaching – Helen Michelle Kreamer, University of Virginia

The Experience of Co-teaching Elementary School Teachers in a Rural Public School District – Rebecca Lee Yearout, Montgomery County Public Schools

MINORITY STUDENTS

Washington Room – Convener:   Chandra Floyd

Cultivating the Black Pearl: Solution Focused Behavior Interventions for Black Girls in Secondary Schools– Olaniyi Lucus, Private Educational Firm & Michelle R. Belle

Increasing the Presence of Minority Students in Gifted Programs through Policy Revision – Chandra Floyd, The College of William & Mary

10:45-11:00        Break

11:00-12:00        DISCUSSION PAPERS & RESEARCH

Promenade Room – Convener: Bridget Thomas

Why Not Shakespeare? – Hope A. Laingen, Prince William Public Schools

What Literature says about Effective Professional Development Practices? – Roofia Galeshi, Radford University

CULTURE & CREATIVITY

Jefferson Room – Convener: Audrey Church

Cultural Capital as a Tool to Support Student Retention – Pamela Hampton-Garland, Shawn Chakrabarti, Yolanda Jones, University of The District of Columbia

The Importance of Culture: Classroom Strategies to Promote Educational Success – Ann Shepherd, Virginia Tech

Creativity CAN Be Taught: Nurturing Creativity through PBL – Katalin Wargo, The College of William & Mary

PERCEPTIONS, DROPOUT RATES, & TECHNOLOGY

Washington Room – Convener:  Angelica D. Blanchette

Elementary Pre-Service Teacher’s Perceptions of the UDL Framework in the Planning and Implementation of Literacy Lessons. Corrie Kelly, Longwood University

Factors Impacting School Drop Out Rates in Kismayo, Somalia – Andrew McCartney, University of Virginia

No CATs for Teachers: And Other Thoughts – David Mott, Tests for Higher Standards

12:00-1:00        RESEARCH & DISCUSISONS

                Promenade Room – Convener: Yi Hao

Publishing and only Publishing Significant Studies: Losing Sight of the Bigger Picture. – Yi Hao & Yara N. Farah, The College of William & Mary

Using Professional Portfolios as an End-of-Program Assessment – Karla Collins & Audrey Church, Longwood University

ADHD and Speech Pathology – Jane Roitsch, Old Dominion University

LITERACY & VOCABULARY INSTRUCITON PROGRAMS

Jefferson Room – Convener: Carmen Ruth Bosch

                

Differences in Increasing Second Grade Students’ Content-Area Vocabulary Using Interactive and Integrated Vocabulary Instruction, Jessica D. Redcay, Hempfield School District

A Literacy Practicum Progression: Undergraduate to Graduate School-Based Experiences – Angelica D. Blanchette, Wendy Snow, & Katrina Maynard, Longwood University

Literacy-Learning Strategies to Comingle the Learning Preferences of Students – Don Langrehr, Radford University

REFLECTIONS

Washington Room Convener:  Mary Cancienne

Reflections of a Professor: Five Years of Course Development and Revisions – Mary Beth Cancienne, James Madison University

1:00PM         Wrap-up – Dr.Beverly Epps, President

 


OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES – 2016-2017

President:                                        Beverly Epps

President-elect:                                        Gail McEachron

Past President:                                        Samuel J. Smith

Vice-President:                                        Glen Earthman

Secretary:                                        Laura Kassner

Treasurer:                                        Ann Allen

Historian:                                        David Mott

Standing Committees

Conference Planning:                        Edie Carter, Chair

                                                Glen Earthman

                                                Beth Woodruff

                                                Sharon Hatfield

                                                Dave Parks

                                                Roofia Galeshi

Publications:                                Ann Nash, Chair

                                                Vicki Fawcett-Adams

                                                Beverly Adams-Parker

                                                Kimberly Matthews

                                                Maria O’Hearn

                                                Yara Farah

Research:                                Jillian Wendt, Co-Chair

                                        Tracy Walker, Co-Chair

                                                Derrick Nottingham

                                                Justin Necessary

                                                Linda Rita Limo

Roofia Galeshi

Ad Hoc Committees

Outstanding Dissertation Award:                Bridget Thomas, Chair

                                                Audrey Church

                                                Laura Kassner

                                                Pat Taylor Smith

                                                Janice Underwood

Membership:                                Audrey Church, (Higher Ed) Chair

David White (K-12)

        Nominating:                                Samuel Smith, Chair

                                                Edie Carter

                                                Glen Earthman

Executive Committee:                Beverly Epps, President & Chair

                                Gail McEachron, President-Elect

                                Samuel J. Smith, Past-President

                                Glen Earthman, Vice-President

                                Laura Kassner, Secretary        

                                Ann Allen, Treasurer                

                                David Mott, Historian

                                Edie Carter, Conference Planning Chair

                                Ann Nash, Publications, Chair

                                Jillian Wendt, Research Chair        


VIRGINIA PROFESSORS OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

FALL CONFERENCE

Doubletree Inn, 990 Hilton Heights Rd. Charlottesville, VA

James Monroe Meeting room

AGENDA

September 15, 2017

9:30-10:00         Coffee, juice, and pastries

10:00                            Welcome from VPEL President, Dr. John Gratto

10:05         Guest Speaker: Dr. Lynn Sodat, Director of Program Administration and Accountability at the Virginia Department of Education “The Every Student Succeeds Act and how VPEL Professors can prepare future educators to implement it”

11:00-11:15                Refreshment Break

11:15-12:15        Guest Speaker: Dr. Michelle Young, Executive Director of the University Council for Education Administration (UCEA) “Collaborative Improvement Communities and Implications for UCEA Members”

12:15-1:00        Lunch: ($10 per person.  Please bring a check made payable to VPEL).

1:00-1:30        Guest Speaker:  Dr. David Alexander, Virginia Tech, “Update on School Law Issues for VPEL members”        

1:30-                            VPEL issues: