This collection includes Capstone Theses and Dissertations submitted by Hamline School of Education and Leadership master’s and doctoral students, respectively. Capstones are the culminating degree work and include research that draws from the student’s formal study as well as professional and personal development.

This is an online listing of the scholarly works of HSEL graduate program students. Works prior to 2015 are available in print in the Bush Memorial Library. Full text, online, prior to 2015, may be restricted to current Hamline students, faculty and staff.

See also: School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Effects of a Nontraditional Multi-Age Learning Environment on Academic and Social-Emotional Learning: A Case Study, Nicole Black

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A Black Woman’s Road to Principalship: An Autoethnography, Dar Caldwell

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Food Justice and Urban Agriculture: Using City Spaces to Foster Equity, Jessica Giese

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Unraveling My Sweater: Reflections of White Student Affairs Practitioners Committed to Social Justice, Rebecca Kaarbo

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Scouts BSA Wood Badge Through the Lens of Senge’s Disciplines of a Learning Organization, Wendy Marik

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Teachers Describe Their Confidence in Teaching Secondary Students with Low Literacy Skills, Tamara Polzin

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Observing the Impact of Environmental Science Exploration and Discovery on the Social-Emotional Learning of 2nd Grade Students, Laura Sammis

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Factors of Persistence in Multilingual ABE Secondary Credential Participants, Sherry Smith

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Classroom Questions: How Mainstream Elementary Teachers Use Questions to Support Achievement for English Language Learners, Holly Wandersee

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The Impact Of Language Attitudes On The Bilingual And Bicultural Self-Perceptions Of Fifth-Grade Latino Students, Abigail Winnes

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Social Presence Theory: Creating Engaging and Strong Online Learning Communities at the K-12 Level, Abigail Amundson

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Yo Soy Mi Idioma: Latinx Bilinguals’ Journeys To Two-way Immersion Education, José Becerra-Cárdenas

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What Are The Lessons Teachers Trained In The U.S. Learn Through An Experience Of Teaching Internationally?, Olivia Berger

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Finding Fit In The Science Classroom: Applying Self-determination Theory To Twice-exceptional Students, John Burrell

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My Labor Of Love, Deanna Chiodo

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The Texts Matter: Essential Text Characteristics For Comprehension Intervention In The Intermediate Grades, Tia Clasen

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The Work-Life Balance of a Single Mother and Secondary School Principal, Amy Cochran

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Factors Influencing the Adoption of Institutional Repository Systems by Academic and Research Library Leadership, Todd Digby

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Adult Educator Views On Impact And Learner Fit In Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-Dea) Classrooms, Peter Gray

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Investigating the L2 Motivational Self System of Mauritanian EFL Learners: A Unique L2 Learning Experience, Casey Hatlevoll

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Need Not Apply: A Systematic Literature Review Re-Evaluating English Prestige and Its Retribution On Foreign English Language Leaders And Their Learners’ Identity, Jessica Ibarra-Gambrill

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Environmental Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Margaret Janz

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Connecting At-risk Youth To Place: Using Restorative Practices To Improve Learner Awareness Of Local Climate Change, Ariel Johnson

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Digital Device Use in Urban Elementary Physical Education Classrooms: Viewpoints, Eric Kaluza

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Bridging the Gap Between Language Learning, Technology & Community: The Importance and Viability of a Language Learning Mobile Application that will Connect Users to Each Other Based on Location to the English as a Second Language Community, Parinaz Kassemi

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School Recess: Benefits, Obstacles, and Policy, Amy McMullan

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Critical Race Theory: Measuring Anti-Black Sentiment In South Korean English Education, Kenya Nelson

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Preventing Teacher Stress and Burnout in an Urban Arts Secondary School Context, Kara Noble

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Evaluating The Cultural Responsiveness Of Language, Strategies And Visuals In Social Emotional Curriculum, Julia Pedersen

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Analyzing Perspectives With Relevant Grade-level Texts To Improve Engagement In A Rural Fifth-grade Classroom, Micah Peters

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How Do Teachers Make Decisions Around Union Membership And Engagement In My Middle School Setting?, Natalie Sasseville-Praska

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The Case For Culturally Affirming Systems Of Education: Exploring How Professional Development Impacts Culturally Relevant And Critical Literacy Teaching Practices, Carey Seeley Dzierzak

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Mitigating Climate Change: Understanding How Teachers Integrate Social Justice Themes In Environmental Education, Gregory Simons,

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The Impact of Home Language Maintenance and Acculturation Gaps Amongst Somali-American Families, Morgyn Wade

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Minnesota School Forest Program: An Evaluation and Exploration of Implementations, Madisson Weier

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Early Childhood Education in Ethiopia: A Case Study with Implications for Ethiopian Immigrants, Fadila Adam

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Impacting Student On-Task Behaviors Through Classroom Based Physical Activity and Movement, Katelyn Allen

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What is the Significance of Reading Aloud to Middle School Aged Students in the Language Arts Classroom as Measured By the Star Reading Assessment?, Samantha Alme

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Concentration: A Pathway To Learning, Habib Amini

Utilizing Unstructured Play Time as a Tool to Improve Student Performance, Katelyn Bruce

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A Content-Integrated Translingual Literature Curriculum for Chinese-Speaking University-Level EFL Learners, Croix Clayton

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Utilizing the Teaching/Learning Cycle, Assessment for Learning and Talk, Read, Talk, Write Strategies to Improve Text Cohesion and Noun Phrase Expansion: A Case Study of a Long-Term English Language Learner, Christine Dietz

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Somali Family Priorities And Perspectives Regarding Middle School Engagement, Joanna Fischer

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Administrator Role in Successful Volunteer Based Reading Programs, Heidi Frye

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Feedback in Practice: The Effects of Written Feedback and Conferences on Student Writing Scores in Ninth Grade English Classrooms, Anthony Granai

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Growth Mindset Language and Literacy in the Kindergarten Classroom, Kari Helfinstine

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Teacher Participation in Extracurricular Activities: The Effect on School Culture, Mikayla Hensch

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Trauma, Trust, and Academic Achievement Stories Shared by High School Dropouts, Vicci Una Johnson

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Strategies to Develop Effective Problem Solving Habits for English Learners in a Problem-Based Learning Classroom, Iain Lempke

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Perceptions of Literacy Coaching Program Indicators of Success by Key Stakeholders at International Schools, Stephanie Lott

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Learning Difference/Disabilities and Theatre, Anna Miller-Sherman

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Searching for a Vision: Understanding Educational Equity in Rural Minnesota, Jessica Murphy

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Monitoring Program Effectiveness & Educational Outcomes for Minority-Language Students in Two-Way Spanish Immersion Programs, Jessica Wallace Neukirch

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Social Studies Teachers’ Successes and Challenges in Creating Race-Conscious Curriculum, Emma Nicosia

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Impacts of Positive Behavior Interventions and Strategies Programs on Educator Practices, Charles O’Donnell

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Mentor Text Writing for Language Immersion Students, Jessie Sheldon

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Student-Teacher Relationships in an Alternative Setting, Stefanie Soukup

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Crisis in Education: Roles and Solutions, Matthew Springer

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Factors That Contribute To Success In the Remote English Classroom, Emily Stein

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Does the Mathematics Level Affect Student Success In High School Physics?, Kassandra Surma

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Facilitating Communication And Parent Engagement Among Somali Families Through Smart Phone Technology, Thomas Tesch

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How can a local government implement environmental education for immigrant communities that live in apartment buildings?, Kirsten Wahlberg

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Behind 'Loving Reading': Reading Behavior in Early Adolescents, Rachel White

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Exploring Student Engagement in Kindergarten Literacy Centers, Bryna Wiens

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Middle School Voices On Leadership Matter: Adults Miss "The Small Ways In Which We Lead", Brenda Backes

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On The Importance Of Deliberate Writing Instruction In Fourth Grade Classrooms, Joshua Baumgartner

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Effective Strategies That Provide Support and Enhance Learning for Strong Readers, Kathleen Benbrooks

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The Roles And Identities Of English As A Second Language Teacher Leaders, Madeline Benson

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Addressing How Whiteness Silences African American Narratives in Higher Education in the United States Through Narrative Analysis, Keith Bistodeau

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Common Worlds: Multi-Species Interactions at a Nature Based Preschool, Patty Born

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Uncovering Leadership Factors that Teachers and Principals Attribute to Math Growth Rate in Two Title I Schools, Stephanie Lynn Bowers Hiatt

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Finding Connections Between Teacher Motivation And Professional Development In Pursuit Of Mastery In Practice, Ann Carlson

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How Induction Practices Impact Retention: A Case Study, Heidi Dunlap

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Trauma-informed Whole School Approach: A Case Study, Melissa Erickson

Female School Superintendents: Their Journey To The Superintendency In Minnesota, Annette Freiheit

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Tilting the Floor: Uncovering Leadership Factors Teachers and Principals Attribute to Math Growth Rate in Two Title I Schools, Stephanie Hiatt

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In What Ways Do Language Lessons That Incorporate Student- and Teacher-Generated Gestures Support Language Learning in an 8th Grade Beginning-Level Spanish Classroom?, Simone Johnson

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Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Utilization of Psychotherapy, Helena Kriel

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Heritage Language Maintenance in an Urban Somali Community and its Relationship to Academic Performance, Sarah Latzke

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Benefits and Drawbacks of a Bilingual Education when Comparing it to a Monolingual Education, Ga Yun Lee

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Meaningful Family Engagement in Schools: Karen Family Perspectives, Emily Mattson

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Student Affective And Cognitive Environments In A Classical School, Ryan Meaney

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Teaching Grammar Through Music, Katie Monson

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What Are The Doorways And Barriers To Enrollment In College Preparatory Courses For Students Who Are Black, Hispanic, And American Indian?, Alicia Moore

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How Different Grouping Methods Can Improve Students’ Mathematical Achievement in an Appropriate Setting, Hyangmee Oh

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A Test Of Project-Based, Learner-Centered Pedagogy In A High-Needs, Urban Charter School, Michael Padgett

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The Influence Of Student Self-Reflection On Academic Mindset Change, Kate Peck

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Collegebound: Assessment of an Outdoor Orientation Program, Kyle Rauch

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African American Parent Perspectives On School Segregation And Integration, Beatrice Rendon

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Can You Repeat That, Please? Using Repeated Reading With Low-Intermediate Adult English Language Learners, Jennifer Siegfried

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Reasons Families Choose To Homeschool: A Study Of Homeschooling Families In Minnesota, Laura R. Smetak

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The Roles of School-Based Language Specialists: Implications for ELL Teacher and Speech-Language Pathologist Collaboration, Erica R. Solorio

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The Prevalence of Peter Senge's Five Disciplines of a Learning Organization in a Rural High School's Professional Development, Jacquelyn Stevens

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Implementing Genre Pedagogy in an Adult ESL Classroom: A Novice Teacher’s Diary Study, Steven Wicht

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High Interest Low Readability Books And Motivation In Chinese Classrooms, Renee Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Examining The Effectiveness Of An ESL Teacher Observation Tool, Hetal Ascher

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The Effects Of Using Morphemic Analysis On Comprehension Of Unknown Academic Vocabulary, Jon Avery

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The Impact Of Risa Oral Interactions On The Acquisition Of Scientific Classification Language For Slife, James Bordewick

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Examining Group Dynamics Of High School Adminstrative [sic] Teams: How Individual And Group Leadership Traits Foster Integration Of Ideas And Actions In Learning Organizations, Steven Brady

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School Uniform Requirements: Effects On Student Academic Performance, Elizabeth Brobeck