Theses/Dissertations from 2008

Using visual representations to build vocabulary in a science classroom, Jennifer L. Spitzner

Using components of responsive classroom to positively impact differentiated math instruction in a primary classroom, Jennifer A. Stedje

How does providing parents with literacy strategies impact their involvement in their fourth grader's education?, Kellie Stofer

A model for successful collaboration with paraprofessionals, Connie Mae Strandquist

Cultural competency: improving the dynamics of a high school, Kathryn M. Sundlin

Lasting lessons: experiential learning, direct instruction and the brain, Lori L. Swanson

Using literacy centers to support a balanced literacy program in a kindergarten classroom, Amy J. Taylor

Quilt voices: encouraging students in multicultural questioning, Debra Thibault

Vocabulary development with a whole class novel study, Carol L. Thomton

9th grade writing using the writer's workshop, Stefanie R. Tschirhart-Jones

How teachers perceive the impact of all school meetings, Elizabeth R. Ulmer

Developing number sense in third grade students, Amy VanderMeeden

An autism resource book: enabling parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder attain effective care, Tanya L. Verdugo

Collaboration in special education, Victoria Volkert

Educational experiences of Liberian immigrants: a case study of four middle level Liberian students, Elizabeth Kinville Vu

An investigation of how well our students transition from the middle school to the high school, Travis J. Wiebe

Building fluency through repeated readings, Mary Lee Wilson

Student families: building community and making connections, Laurie Jean Wofford

Effective modeling and teaching of reading strategies to secondary content area teachers, Stacey Wollschlager

What role does compassion in education play in DNR/DNI directives in severely/profoundly mentally impaired students?, Susan Yahr

Twenty-first century learning for first graders, Anne M. Young

The academic and financial gains of the four-day school week, Terri Zondervan

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

Creating an engaging curriculum that cultivates critical thinking on the elements and principles of art, Katie Abbring

Using the principles of universal design for learning to create a cross-curricular, thematic unit aligned with state standards, national standards and district content area curriculum expectations, Heath Anderson

Engaging curriculum in a non-ensemble music class in grade seven, Lon E. Anderson

How does using picture books to teach punctuation impact fourth grade students' writing?, Jaron S. Aune

Teacher and student perceptions of learner engagement after exposure to research based teaching strategies during fifth grade mathematics instruction, Angela Bailey-Aldrich

Using teacher peer observation sessions as a tool for building collegiality and improving teaching, Mike Bast

Never again: voices of remembrance a theatrical production about the holocaust, Susan Jane Beaubaire

Students, parents, and calculators, Asia Bednar

Techniques to improve reading fluency in the elementary classroom, Matthew G. Biever

The impact of restorative justice circles used during experiential outdoor education on alternative students' feelings of connectedness, Amy Vatne Bintliff

Voices of TRIO students: promoting equity and social justice through the federal TRIO programs, Joel R. Bisser

Literacy in kindergarten, Megan Blake

Can't we just have study hall?: motivating adolescent boys identified with emotional/behavioral disorders to read for pleasure, Staci Elizabeth Blix

Genre studies and the reading-writing connection: creating a coherent sixth grade language arts program, Emily Bloomquist

Meeting the academic needs of kinesthetic learners in the reading classroom, Bernadette J. Bowden

Integration: using inclusionary practices with all types of students, Bryan Scott Boysen

What are the essential elements of effective intervention programs for very young learners with autism spectrum disorder?, Patty Brehmer

Designing a parenting center based on a needs assessment of Saint Paul parents, Allison S. Breininger

Helping parents to determine kindergarten readiness, Janie Briggs

Contextual learning in career and technical education, Gregory C. Campbell

What are the effective instructional strategies to employ in addressing the needs of both gifted and at-risk students and all the students in-between?, Judy Carda

Parent involvement: attributes that contribute to why parents are frequently involved in school related activities, Lisa Luther Carlson

Using active learning strategies to engage students in non-fiction texts, Cristin Marie Clark

Building relationships with at-risk fifth grade students, Jessica J. Colberg

Team-building and non-traditional activities to increase enjoyment for players on a high school basketball team, David J. Conzemius

The affects of art and science integration, Michelle L. Cordes

Using a variety of teaching strategies in the high school math class, Keith D. Cornell

Energy conservation awareness: an examination of two school districts, Colleen J. Crossley

Childhood lead poisoning: how can lead awareness be raised in an urban community?, JoAnn Cudo

Does fluency affect reading achievement?, Sallie Czaplewski

How does participation in service learning projects impact students' attitudes toward Spanish?, Anne Terese Dahl

How does incorporating a social justice curriculum in a language arts classroom affect upper elementary students' attitudes toward social justice?, Tania A. Dantas

Motivating struggling high school readers to change their attitudes toward reading, Mary L. Decker

Recommended strategies for promoting a learner-centered, junior high language arts classroom, Beth I. C. Demarest

The hundred languages of learning: the role of teacher questions in a reggio-inspired preschool setting, Kristin Dykstra

What are effective activities for differentiated learning centers to help first graders learn and improve sight words and phonetics, Nicole Ehrich

Personality, coping, and teacher stress: predisposition factors for educators, Joshua T. Eidem

Incorporating best practices of curriculum design to plan an early complex societies unit for a high school world history class using the understanding by design framework, Lisa L. Emison

Optimizing student learning opportunities in elementary school field trips, Cheryl Finnegan

Inquiry based science and the use of living organisms in a second grade classroom, Mary Jill. Freshwaters

How does physical exercise improve the focus and learning of first grade students?, Diane E. Fritcher

How do graphic organizers improve the reading comprehension, specifically retelling, of English language learners?, April D. Fuller

Alternatives in grammar instruction for novice foreign language students, Nathan Gauslin

A curriculum resource for teaching poetry in an urban middle school, Karla J. Gergen

How African American parents' perspectives improve our schools for African American children, Roxanne D. Glawe

Give it all you've got: a differentiated literacy unit with a character education focus, Linda Dibos Graslewicz

What are the essential elements and design of an effective white privilege professional development curriculum for urban, elementary teachers?, Jane Gravender

Reading C.L.I.C.K.S.: a teacher's guidebook for creating a motivating classroom where reading 'clicks' for all students, Kristin A. Gustafson

How can teachers support parents at home to make reading a priority?, Mary Helen Haarklau

Character education: the integration into physical education, Gabriel D. Hackett

How traveling basketball is affecting the high school basketball player in a Minnesota school district, Mitchell T. Harmoning

Boys and girls are different: practical applications in developing a fourth grade social studies unit, Vicki A. Headley

A perfect fit: enhancing writing curriculum portfolio entries in a first grade classroom, Stacey Jo Helders-Pevan

Exploring the elements of a successful community-based transition program, Theresa M. Henehan

What are effective teaching and parent training strategies for home based education of children with autism spectrum disorder?, Terran Henke

How can thinking maps be used to strengthen the skills of primary writers?, Michelle Hetland

The impacts of homerooms on student connectedness and academic success, Barry J. Hohlen

When the question is the answer: teaching students to ask questions independently, Sarah Huffman

The case for intrinsic motivation, Jessica Ihrke

Visual perception and the emergent reader: dancing with print, Jill Elizabeth Johnson

Cooperative learning and the affect on retention in middle school science, Melissa M. Johnson

Promoting self-advocacy and disability awareness in secondary students with disabilities, Sarah Johnson

The constitutionality and effectiveness of vouchers and school choice systems, Pamela M. Johnstone

Math parent guides: parent resources for the connected mathematics project curriculum, Elizabeth Julien

Factors contributing to the transformation toward progressive social justice consciousness among evangelical christians, Melanie Keillor

Changing student attitude toward ability to read content area text by incorporating explicitly-taught reading strategies into an ALC setting, Kristine R. Kelly

Just-right books: helping upper elementary readers develop successful book-selection strategies, Tim Ketel

A framework for organizing specific comprehension strategies to support adolescent readers' understanding of expository texts in content area classes, Kelly Killorn

Fundamental components of a play group model in an early childhood classroom with children with autism spectrum disorder, Amy Kleven

Creating an inclusive classroom environment for the hearing-impaired: a handbook for classroom teachers, Virginia Lee Kornovich

How can read alouds be used to teach character education in a second grade classroom?, Jami Larson

How can I best use community building in a primary classroom to enhance my students' sense of belonging?, Sarah Lee

A new approach to teaching rhythm: the creation of a supplemental beginning band rhythm workbook, Brett Lobben

Creating a portfolio curriculum on perimeter, area, and volume for ninth grade geometry, Andrea B. Loger

The effects of role playing on high school social studies students' awareness of their ethnocentrism, Brian Longerbone

Increasing the engagement levels of struggling middle school readers, Shelley Lysdahl

How art integration increases core subject connections and retention, Stephanie R. Magnuson

A substitute teacher's guide to using the brain gym program, Kristen M. Mandt