Notre Dame College Presents Graduate Action Research Projects in Education

Notre Dame College once again is sharing research highlights from its master’s degree educators during the Division of Professional Education Graduate Action Research Projects Presentation Day for spring 2019.

Eight graduate students will discuss their innovative ideas for transformative teaching and learning at all levels on Sunday, April 14, from 2-6 p.m. in the Administration Building foyer on the College campus. Four additional students will present their projects on alternative dates.

Tracks range from special education to literacy to socioemotional learning. Study topics include brain break activities in math, cultural competence in college athletics and the academic impact of family engagement, among others.

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.

The complete schedule of students, their action research project presentations, times and locations follows:

Focus on: Innovation in Special Education Methodology, Technology and Assessment: Administration Building Room 020

The effectiveness of brain break activities in a math classroom

Angela Zwick

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Interventions and strategies for twice-exceptional learners: harnessing students' full range of abilities

Patricia Kingzett

3-3:30 p.m.

Computer vs. Paper Assessment Performance for 3rd Grade

Gene Sommers

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Focus on: Literacy Studies: Administration Building Room 030

Guided reading interventions to improve reading comprehension in a high school resource room

Joseph Jasin

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Evaluating the efficacy of reading programs targeting students K-3

Jasmine Crowder

3-3:30 p.m.

Focus on: Socioemotional learning in the special education environment: Administration Building Room 122

Effectiveness of participation in Tier I daily social skills curriculum on social development for elementary school students

Kelly A. Iannone

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Understanding the benefits of using executive function interventions with students who have emotional disturbances

Nicole M. Myers

3-3:30 p.m.

The academic impact of socioemotional learning and family engagement on children with complex developmental delays, grades K-8

Brittani L. Sanders

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Presenting on alternative dates:

The efficacy of goal setting for young children with and without action steps

Rachael Rovner

The efficacy of teacher-mediated interventions and culturally responsive teaching on students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorder

LaQuisha Becks

Culturally responsive teaching models for early childhood online ESL education

Cristin Toth

Cultural competence in college athletics

Henry Clay Groff, Jr.

For more information about the action research project presentation day or Notre Dame's graduate programs in education, contact Sarah M. West, J.D., Ph.D., assistant professor and director of graduate studies in professional education at the College, at

April 2019


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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