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 2005

The effect of a reading program with focused fluency instruction on reading comprehension and fluency of adult ESL learners, Celeste Mazur

The impact of using embedding teaching strategies, such as activity based interventions and embedded learning opportunities, on the attainment of educational goals for a preschool student with disabilities in an inclusive setting, Shawn Kara McAllister

How to incorporate more nonfiction texts into a primary classroom, Anne Elizabeth McLaughlin

Cooperative group learning in the ninth-grade social studies classroom, Matthew S. Meier

Creating a safe environment where first grade students readily enhance and support each other's learning, Katie Lynn Meinholz

Defending the importance of health and physical education by integrating best practices into a model curriculum, Kevin D. Mestad

Parent communication: strategies to strengthen parent communication, Tonya M. Mistelske

What are the best methods I can employ to most effectively teach history to my students?, Eric Mjolsness

Literacy stations in the primary grades, Jill Lynne Moen

How the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification process influences teacher reflection and transfers to practice, Susan Kathleen Moore

The emotionally safe classroom: a priority for learning, Jovita Nack

Location, location, location: optimal sites for transition-aged special education students, Elane S. Narbo

Math acceleration: who and when?, Keith Douglas Newman

Turning on the lights: how to build a school from the ground up, Dieu-Anh Nguyen

Improving ESL instruction: needs assessments and vocabulary instruction, Britt Nordrum

How do you incorporate an art history curriculum into an already existing secondary studio art curriculum?, Katherine Margaret Norrie

Using vocabulary pre-teaching strategies to motivate and enable Korean EFL kindergartners to comprehend English storybooks, Eunyoung Park Oh

Creating a positive, respectful community and environment in my classroom, Tina Marie Olinyk

Using children's literature to develop a safe bully free classroom, Patricia Olsen

Implementing a modified writer's workshop for fifth grade students, Jennifer Lee Olson

Differentiating instruction: a kindergarten perspective, Megan Joyce Olson

Outdoor education and awareness, Paul Olson

Number sense in the first grade classroom, Desiree A. O'Neill

Vocabulary development: research and instruction for at risk students, Suzanne Blaine O'Neill

How do white teachers in small multicultural public high schools describe their feelings about racial identity and how does that impact their teaching?, Susannah Prine Orr

Math stories for ELLs: a factor in learning to multiply and divide, Julie Ostlund

A snapshot of gender equity issues in the middle school, Kristy Marie Otte

Transitioning beginning readers into fledgling readers through the implementation of word recognition strategies in small group reading instruction, Nancy Elizabeth Pavek

Why am I different?: teaching students about their disability, autism spectrum disorder, Sara Lee P. Perkins

Analysis of two undergraduate athletic training education programs, Angela M. Perusek

What memory strategies can I teach my third grade students to increase their retention, Scott Petznick

Elementary art: an assessment toolkit, Katherine Mary Piquette

Parents' perceptions from participation in emotional intelligence parenting classes, Monica M. Potter

An integrated approach to K-5 classroom management for substitute teachers, Sudha Ramprasad

Differentiating a science unit to engage all learners, Amy Randall

Teachers' views on teaching respect and responsibility, Blanca Raniolo-Olivares

Fostering resilience in the first grade classroom, Tammy Reed

Incorporating reading comprehension strategies into an American history curriculum to increase student understanding of text, Maureen Reilly-Beethe

Factors associated with the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree among Hispanic students, Guadalupe Reyes

Burnout: a journey there and back, Barbara Andreasen Riddle

Developing a hands-on English language learner science course, Janice Rideout

Improving the basic math and reading skills of kindergarten students with take home literacy bags, Susan G. Rohlf

Student perceptions of teacher's clothing and the effects on student learning and attitude, Mark Rotzenberg

Involving ESL families in the school community, Ann Rummel


Teaching email skills in the adult basic education English as a second language classroom, Susan Ryan

Integrating differentiation and brain based research in a persuasive writing unit for seventh grade students, Holly Jo Jenkins Rybak

Restorative justice: impact, perception, and student success, Peter Sasso-Lundin

Implementing writing workshop in the kindergarten classroom to encourage writing, Meghan Scheidel

Building pathways: connecting brain research to the classroom, Deborah K. Schmidt

How does writer's workshop support the literacy development of Hmong kindergarten students?, Mary G. Schmidt

Everything to do with young children: linking democracy, equity, and literacy construction, Teajai Anderson Schmidt

White teachers' views on racial identity expressed through narrative writing, Peggy Schrecengost

The impact of an at-home family literacy program for East African students in a primary, urban classroom, Heidi Kathrin Gerdes Schuchman

Going, going, gone (again): studying open enrollment, Randy Schwegel

One teacher's intention to journey beyond the barriers of race and social class one conference at a time, Regina Seabrook

Gender studies and motivation, Mary Seidel

Curricula development and evaluation of an ongoing citizen science program monitoring the health of local wetlands, Patricia Elaine Selly

The development and implementation of a peer tutoring program and its effects on reading abilities and attitudes, Christine Dawn Sexton

Special needs students in high school world language classes: the world language teacher's perspective, Lisa Ann Shafranski

What ninth grade students feel they need to be academically successful, Angela Sizer

Parent and student perceptions of male elementary teachers, Eric Skanson

How do literature discussions strengthen comprehension and reading enjoyment of fourth and fifth grade students?, Amy Skibsted


Perceptions of academic progress and acculturation: a case study of two Somali women in college, Kari Smalkoski

Math anxiety and its relationship to gender and genetics, Sara Louise Solhjem

The impact of chess on at-risk students' views, Joseph R. Souvignier

Developing a sense of place: a blueprint for planning and assessing place-based education, Carol L. Sowl

Identifying and modifying reading enrichment opportunities to advance gifted readers in the third grade classroom, Jennifer Spencer

Effectively teaching social skills to high school E/BD students, Becky J. Splett

How visual schedules help children on the autism spectrum function more independently in the school setting, Sonya Stewart


Walter meets a Mack, Michael P. Stoesz

How can best communicative practices be integrated in grades 3 to 5 in a French immersion classroom?, Bianca Gelia Suglia

Defending the importance of health and physical education by integrating best practices into a model curriculum, Timothy R. Sukalski

How does a kindergarten teacher facilitate effective parent involvement to promote a stronger education for students?, Juli Lynn Summer

How can the application of reading best practices motivate second graders to read?, Monika Summer

Community building in alternative education, Katherine Sylvester

ESL teachers' perspectives on the relationship of student mobility and the academic performance of English language learners, Corey Teslow

What is fetal alcohol syndrome/fetal alcohol effects and what strategies can be used to help the students with FAS/FAE in a primary classroom to be successful?, Pamela Lynn Thomas

Inference: teaching and assessing between the lines, Kendra E. Tlusty

Perceptions of leadership: insights for teacher leaders, Kerri G. Town

How does integrating reading and writing into social studies affect student engagement and learning?, Rachelle Vogel

Cooperative group learning in the ninth-grade social studies classroom, William S. Wackman

If social studies learning is meaningful, it's memorable, Jennifer R. Ward


Using Inspiration software to facilitate information transfer for English language learners, Mary Warpeha

Implementing graduation standards into the U.S. history curriculum, Todd Weisjahn

English language learner literacy centers in the mainstream classroom: 4th grade social studies and language, Holly Ann Wick

Indigenous education in the United States and Australia: colonization and its effect on native students, Samuel K. Wold


Adjectival participles as emotion words, Inna Wolfson

Defending the importance of health and physical education by integrating best practices into a model curriculum, Shane Wyandt

How do Hmong parents and educators describe the value of being fluent in a first language and its impact on preserving culture, Mee Xiong

Parental involvement program design for urban schools in China, Ling Yang

Elementary education in Norway and Japan: can their best practices be our best practices?, Sari Lee Zach

The importance of parent involvement in children's education: internet resources, Joel M. Zejdlk

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

Transformative experiences of learning community graduates, Ferial Abraham

How effective is Title IX in Minnesota high schools?, Kirk Affeldt

Building learning communities in an urban high school: teacher's perspective, Omoyefe Agbamu

What effect will a morning meeting have on my second grade classroom?, Kathryn L. Shirley Anderberg

How do I develop curriculum for a job seeking skills class?, Susan L. Ault

Perceptions of teaching: reflections of new and more experienced teachers of being professionals in the urban school environment, Christina Babadjanian

Understanding and mainstreaming students with autism: a handbook for secondary teachers, Connie Gilbert Baker

How can the six traits be embedded in a scholastic language arts program to effectively develop a writing curriculum for first grade, Jan Barke