Theses/Dissertations from 2008

A journey into the culture of differentiation: encouraging change through a reflective model of staff development, Sigrid Dorholt

How can explicit instruction foster growth in low socioeconomic fourth grade students' vocabularies, Amber R. Drotts

How can I increase the knowledge and awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders among elementary staff?, Teresa Ann Drotts

Changing the teacher mentor program model, Shawn Dylla

Characteristics of a GLBT respect curriculum appropriate for middle grades advisories, Alexsandra Eckroth

The effects of using individual and group management techniques to increase responsibility and accountability in my students, Rachel Elizabeth Erpenbach

Increasing ninth grade achievement in an elective class, Patricia M. Fair

Facing the biological imperative in the gifted classroom: the implications of attachment theory upon teacher/student relationships and learning, Richard Allen Fletcher

Tackling: a study of one of the most important skills in American football, Robin E. Fondow

Introducing stability balls into a kindergarten classroom to determine on-task behavior and student perceptions, Mary M. Frank

Family literacy intervention program, Jeanne Marie Frederick

How does research into the effects of physical activity on brain function support a regimen of physical activity in the mainstream academic classroom?, Christine Marie Hodroff Gagnon

The role of motivation in the application and transfer of comprehension strategies, Rachel Ruth Gens

Why is there a need for mental health help for minorities in the United States and how do we help minority students in poverty access mental health services locally?, Rachel Gliske

Organizational tools for teachers, Jane Brilley Gossard

An exploratory study: phonological awareness instruction in early reading first classrooms, Lisa Gruenewald

How can middle school advanced reading students use multiple lenses to deepen their critical literacy skills?, Tammy J. Gruenwald

How can sensory techniques designed for children with autism benefit all kindergarten students?, Margaret Hejny Guptill

The impact of the enrichment triad model and type III activities on gifted middle school students, Patricia Ann Fladeboe Hamann

Beyond Webster: explicit vocabulary strategies to improve the reading of English language learners, Rachel L. B. Harder

Restoring the nature-child connection, Marc T. Henderson

What are some effective strategies to encourage parent involvement in a fourth grade classroom with diverse populations, Heather Henricksen

Nurturing the habits of mind: successful transition to employment for moderate to severe developmentally and cognitively disabled students assigned to a senior high school functional skills work based experience, Brenda Louise Hoffman

Active learning in a middle school mathematics classroom, Kristin Holmes

Individualized training for new special education teachers, Corliss Carter Hoyt

Voluntary teacher mobility: why teachers choose to leave, Kathryn Corinne Huebsch

How does mentoring, incorporating cognitive coaching, affect the efficacy of selected young music educators?, Adam Frederick Tervola Hultberg

School culture in a diverse urban junior high school, Nicole M. Infinity

Cooperative learning and music education: application in a middle school band music theory curriculum, Mary Jane James

The write work: how can modeling best practice writing strategies improve the quality of student writing in a second grade classroom?, Pamela G. Johnson

A solo vocal literature guide, Diane Krenik Jordan

In what ways might I differentiate literacy instruction for fourth grade students in a mixed ability classroom through the use of learning centers with tiered activities?, Genesee L. Kaiser

Does thirty minutes of daily physical activity over a six-week period in physical education decrease body mass in 7th grade students?, Eric Kaluza

Aligning the learning: successful strategies for writing in the world language classroom, Katherine H. Keller

What are the essential elements of an effective literacy portfolio for kindergartners?, Michelle L. Kiesel

Strategies to build community and motivate struggling readers, LouAnn Kittelson

Improving targeted instruction through professional learning communities, Kristan L. Kohls

Introducing stability balls into a kindergarten classroom to determine on-task behavior and student perceptions, Kristen Kay Kokal

Examining the qualities of published memoir in modeling traits of writing in a fourth grade writer's workshop, Trena Kolstad

Motivation from within: using poetry to create success, Kelly M. Kudla

A curriculum designed to foster self-regulation in students with neurobiological impairments, Leah M. Kuypers

Does gender effect motivation in the high school education classroom?, Hayley E. Lang

Designing a high school physical education curriculum to increase student interest in lifetime fitness and health, Cristina V. Larson

Reluctant readers within a school-wide read, T Brent Larson

In what ways does mandated testing drive a school's approach to teaching 9-12th grade students?, Diane LeBlanc

Why cultural competency?, Robert O. Lehmann

Teaching writing skills to struggling writers at the high school level, Heather M. S. Leier

Utilizing the sketchbook to support metacognition in the secondary level art student, Diane J. Levar

Effective nonfiction reading strategies for third graders, Diane E. Lindo

How can incorporating multiple learning modalities into a second grade classroom enhance students' abilities to reach the goals of the trivium in second grade?, Rebecca Ann Lund

Constructivism: an approach to change, David C. Madson

The positive effects of community building and character education on 5th grade students' attitudes, Diane Louise Master

What are the research supported guidelines I can share with parents when deciding between half-day and full-day everyday kindergarten?, Kirby McDonald

Classroom management strategies for middle school math teachers, Enock Obuba Meshack

How animal assisted therapy can be used to motivate children in special education, Colleen Miller

How the use of memoirs and autobiographies impacts the self-efficacy of secondary Hispanic girls, Kayls A. Miltich

How positive discipline and class meetings can positively affect the classroom learning environment, Dana Sue Moffett

Reducing math anxiety, Patrick J. Mueller

The effect of physical activity on academic performance, Kris Faye Nelson

Effective strategies a first grade teacher in a direct instruction setting can use to improve reading fluency in beginning readers, Laura H. Nelson

Learning disabilities: results of implementing a reading decoding program, Stacy LeAnn Nelson


Exploring effective co-teaching models, Lien M. Nguyen

For the love of chemistry: bonding with other subject matter, Carolyn Ferrer Ocampo

In what ways will participating in cooperative learning groups impact the self-directed nature of students in high school mathematics, Amy Jo. Oeltjen

The fight against obesity: creating intrinsically motivated, self efficacious youth, Heidi A. Olesen

Teacher in-service on diversity awareness in a multicultural setting, Karen Lee Olson

How teachers build a classroom community in kindergarten, Lisa Maren Opfer

Mini-lessons in revision to support the writing growth of primary grade students, Deborah J. Orgeman

Traveling responsibly with students: local economy, learning, and environmental impact, Stephanie Owen

Strengthening the home to school connection of first grade readers, Margaret Louise Parker

Using visual supports to impact independence in students with autism spectrum disorders in the mainstream school setting, Therese Patterson

What literature circle instructional plan could be used with an integrated basal reading-writing model for fourth grade students?, Marion Sue-Carlin Patton

Implementing partner reading routines to develop reading fluency and sight word vocabulary, Christine M. Peppel

Engaging and relevant professional development: teachers as leaders, Kari L. Peterson

Considerations for making and using visual displays for K-3 education, Sarah D. Pfahl

Building community in kindergarten with morning meeting, Cheryl Pilcher

A toolkit to support content-area vocabulary instruction for students with hearing loss who receive itinerant service from a teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing, Cathleen Rae Pinkosky

How can I create a developmentally appropriate rubric for writer's workshop in the kindergarten classroom?, Stacey Poppler

The effects of teacher expectations and behaviors on student achievement, Seema Gundgovi Pothini

Effective modeling and teaching of reading strategies to secondary content area teachers, Brenda Pulju

The academic and financial gains of the four-day school week, Kendra Razink

Participation in a faculty book study for white teachers in diverse classrooms, Carol Beth Rengstorf

How effective read alouds can be used to develop comprehension skills and a love of reading in kindergarten, Erin Jennifer Retelle

Using graphic organizers when problem solving in high school mathematics, Michelle L. Ristvedt

Inclusion: the new special education, Rebecca Lynn Robinson

Reflecting on photography: a meaningful approach, Karen Marie Rossbach

Sharing poetry podcasts: connecting digital natives in community through story, Scott A. Ross

How to create a positive classroom community, Michelle Marie Rupp

Using intervention strategies to improve kindergarteners' writing levels, Trisha Marie Meissner Rux

How does a teacher effectively use data to differentiate teaching and learning in a secondary classroom?, Rachel J. Ruzzi

Building resiliency in adolescents in poverty, Tara Christine Guyer Saxhung

The application of reading comprehension strategies in a primary classroom, Kristen Elizabeth Scarpetta

Teaching fluency to emergent readers, Jill L. Schlaak

The educational gains of online communication, Barb Schwarz

How do I as a classroom teacher create a classroom management system that values the social behaviors and needs of African American males in the primary grades, Lynne M. Sherry

Using portfolios to increase self-assessment in student learning, Stephanie Ann Skelly

How does the research defined instructional strategy known as the learning cycle impact the achievement and attitudes of girls in middle school science, Alecia N. Smith

Identifying and quantifying anomalous standardized test scores in middle school students, James L. Smith

Using brain research to create optimal learning environments in middle school classrooms, Jennifer Karen Sorensen

Understanding each others differences to build community in the elementary classroom, Deborah Spangberg