Notre Dame College Master's Degree Students Present Innovations in Educational Research

Notre Dame College graduate students in the online professional education program will be on campus to reveal results of the work they are doing to transform schools.

In partial fulfillment of their degree requirements, 17 candidates for the Master of Education at Notre Dame will present their thesis action research projects on Sunday, November 18, from 2-6 p.m. in the Administration Building on the College campus. The event replicates a professional conference environment and is sponsored in part by Notre Dame’s Teacher Education Student Association. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The Notre Dame students will discuss their efforts to make a difference for youth in educational institutions across the state.

Their projects include, among others, an initiative in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to teach students who have not progressed at the typical rate how to assess their own learning and create more manageable components to improve their development; an intervention in Akron, Ohio, public schools to help students with learning disabilities apply a literacy technique involving thinking aloud to improve in algebra courses; and a component in Hilliard, Ohio, classrooms to gauge the benefits of service learning and civic engagement activities for students.

“These students, many who do not live locally, have completed a tremendous amount of academic work in a short amount of time. This is their opportunity to show how their graduate education has transformed their employment and the lives of students, many who live in high poverty areas, either urban or rural districts, and many who have learning differences,” said Sarah M. West, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor and director of graduate studies in professional education at the College.

“Their efforts to advance knowledge in areas, and to aid populations where other researchers may not be focusing, advances knowledge and makes them more marketable as educators,” West added.

Notre Dame offers graduate degrees in professional education with emphasis in reading, mild moderate information specialist and educational leadership. Notre Dame’s Division of Professional Education also offers undergraduate and Teacher Education Evening Licensure (TEEL) programs leading to Ohio licensure in early childhood, middle childhood, special education and adolescent/young adult.

All programs are available online or on campus in face-to-face format and are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

A complete schedule of projects, presenters, times and locations for Notre Dame’s Master of Education Thesis Presentation Day 2018 follows:

Focus on: Reading (1)
Administration Building Room 020

An Interactive Approach to Increase Verbal and Written Skills
Anmarie D. Miller
2:15-2:45 p.m.

The Effects of Rubrics on Writing and Reading Achievement
Tonya Harris
3-3:30 p.m.

Closing the Gap with Phonological Awareness Interventions
Maureen Goerndt
3:45-4:15 p.m.

Focus on: Reading (2)
Administration Building Room 030

Impact of Syllabication and Root Word Instruction
Kelly R. Grable
2:15-2:45 p.m.

Effective Reading Comprehension Strategies and Instruction in the Primary Elementary Classroom
Hillary Kaput
3-3:30 p.m.

Reciprocal Peer Tutoring and Reading Fluency Improvement
H. Karl Leutz
3:45-4:15 p.m.

Focus on: Technology, Policy and Innovative Curriculum
Administration Building Room 122

The Impact of Writer’s Workshop on Achievement and Self-identity
Erin Adkins
2:15-2:45 p.m.

The Effects of School Suspensions on Academic Achievement
Jenetta Jennings
3-3:30 p.m.

Examining the Implementation and Assessment of 21st Century Skills in the High School Classroom
Sarah Harris
3:45-4:15 p.m.

Measuring the Outcomes of a Service-Learning Unit
Emily Johnson
4:30-5 p.m.

Focus on: Special Education Across Content Areas
Administration Building Room 120

The Effects of Digitally Interactive Lessons in a Special Education Classroom
Rebecca Rhodes
2:15-2:45 p.m.

The Effectiveness of Co-teaching for Students with Disabilities
Alexis Kaleel Herzog
3-3:30 p.m.

The Think Aloud Approach to Mathematical Problem Solving
Dan Karp
3:45-4:15 p.m.

Multisensory Approaches to Develop Fluency and Achievement of Multiplication Facts
Kimberly Draine-Moore
4:30-5 p.m.

Student research discussions on alternative dates:

The Impact of Guided Reading on a Self-contained Classroom
Azalia Baker
presented Friday, November 16

Impact of Athletics on Student Achievement in Students with a Disability
Jonathan Wakelin
presenting Monday, November 26

Social Stories as an Intervention Tool for Girls with Autism
Teresa Nelson
presenting Tuesday, November 27

November 2018

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or

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