Notre Dame College Graduate Students Present Action Research Projects

The Notre Dame College Graduate Action Research Project Presentations will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the Administration Building. 

The program begins at 2 p.m.  in the foyer with introductions and a welcome from Dr. Nicholas Santilli, vice president for academic and student affairs at the College. Dr. Santilli also will announce the 2014 St. Catherine’s Medal recipient in professional education. 

The professional education program Graduate Action Research Project Presentations begin at 2:30 p.m. Names, locations and times for the presentations follow.

Presentations conclude at 4:45 p.m. and will be followed by closing remarks and a reception in foyer.

For additional information, contact Nancy Baird, director of the graduate program in professional education and assistant professor of education, at 373.5409 or nbaird@ndc.edu.


Notre Dame College
Action Research Presentations
April 6, 2014


2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

April Frazier (Room 226) Learning Together: The Effectiveness of Peer Play and Group Instruction in Early Intervention

Kim Boughambouz & Lucy Deitrick (Room 300) The Effects of Scaffolded Interventions on Oral Reading Fluency

Aaron Eatman, Cequita O’Neal-Ransom, & Tracey Shelton (Room 231) Coding Standardized Passages Using the Stoplight Method

Ronee Tucholski (Room 232) Increased Parent Participation in Individualized Educational Programs through Parent Education, Collaboration, and Newsletters


3:05 PM – 3:35 PM

Matthew Lehman (Room 226) Differentiated Instruction: Video Modeling in the Classroom

Jodi Scott (Room 230) African American Vernacular English and Standard English: Using Contrastive Analysis and Code-switching to Improve Reading and Writing Skills

Emily Krygowski (Room 231) Using High and Low Level Involvement Games to Increase Vocabulary Retention

Gina Christopher (Room 232) Utilizing Peer Tutoring in a Small-group Setting to Promote Achievement and Engagement


3:40 PM – 4:10 PM

            Jodi Poteat (Room 226) Word Study Enhances Reading Comprehension

Bridget Finnegan & John Palumbo (Room 230) Implementing IEP Writing at Notre Dame College

Nolan Shenkelman & Matthew Simonetta (Room 231) The Effects of Co-teaching on Behavioral and Academic Achievement

Heather Horton (Room 232) A Multisensory Approach to Teaching Multiplication Facts to Children with Autism


4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Ryan Wagner (Room 226) Reflective Journaling in Video Analysis: A Backward Design Approach to a Soccer Season

Janine El-Amin, Ashley Manningham, and Jarrett Pratt (Room 230) Let’s TALC

Matthew Enders (Room 231) Effects of Positive Behavior Supports: A Design to Impact Learning, Participation, and Attitudes of At-risk Students

Geneva Ellis (Room 232) Identifying Instructional Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension Skills in Struggling Readers




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