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  • Integrating Technology Can be a Successful Strategy to Meet Diverse Learner Needs
    Having a combination of students whose academic skill levels can range from several years below grade level to several years above grade level is nothing new for many K-12 teachers (Duffield, 2005). Nonetheless, our education system still refuses to change to a multi-age system such as the Montessori Method. (The Montessori Method groups students within [... […]
  • Using iPods to Meet the Needs of English-language learners
    English-language learners (ELLs) have many challenges to overcome in their schooling. These students are challenged with learning the language spoken at school, as well as the content taught in their classroom. Many ELLs are also still learning the structure of U.S. schools (Patten & Craig, 2007). Because of the diverse needs of these students, many [... […]
  • Tutorial
    Here is a link to my tutorial for teachers.  I have compiled five resources all teachers can use effectively in their classrooms which are free and user friendly.  These resources can be used across the content areas and at any age level.

1:1 Course and Collaboration

We’ve enjoyed working with experienced 1:1 Teachers and Tech Integration Specialists this summer from near and far as we polish the curriculum for our new online class on best practices in 1:1 Content Creation and Pedagogy. The themes are surprisingly universal from around the region, and the outcome of transformative practices after two or three years of implementation is the exciting ending about which we continue to hear.

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1:1 Best Practices in Content Creation and Pedagogy


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Katie CoderDojo


Thanks to all the mentors that support our Katie CoderDojo — the St. Kate’s initiative to help girls into creating our digital futures. You come too?

Originally posted on Making and/or Breaking:

You guys!  You guys.  You guys.  You guys.

You have GOT to get in on this mentoring thing.

Last night, I was a mentor at the Katie Coderdojo, and it was SO COOL.  I worked with the younger girls, 8-11, who were using Scratch.

It was definitely the closest I’ve come to the whole maker movement vibe since I was a kid doing similar stuff myself.  The girls were so excited about what they were doing.  They were helping each other.  There was frustration and aha moments and so much pride in the end products, even when the girl next to them had done something more involved.

We had task cards to direct girls who were new to it, and it was really cool to see how these girls would take the simple ideas and make something out of them.  For example, there was a task about making a…

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New Action Research Reports Available

Congratulations to all of our graduates from Spring 2014. You can learn from our students’ Action Research projects by reading their reports featured in the St. Kate Database Sophia, or linked here!
Curriculum and Instruction Action Research Reports from Spring 2014.

The Effects of Using a Systematic Approach During Mathematical Instruction, Heather Arroyo

The SIOP Model as it Pertains to ELLs in a Mainstream 2nd Grade Classroom, Sydney Azure

The Benefits of Collaborative Learning in the Elementary Classroom, Crystal Daugherty

Using Different Strategies to Aid in the Acquisition of Sight Words for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities, Amy Ersland

Supporting Kindergarten Classroom Teachers: Improving Literacy with Young English Learners, Rachel Higgins

What Effect Will Talk Partners Have in a Primary Writer’s Workshop?, Erin Jacobson

Differentiated Math Interventions for Third Grade Students Using Push-In and Pull-Out Models, Anne Jarzyna-Ingles, Tara Schletz, and Melissa Young

The Effects of Word Study in Place of Traditional Spelling, Amy McCarthy

The Effects of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol on Student Content Knowledge and Teacher Performance in the Art Classroom, Jennifer Welle

Action Research Studies by Charter School Faculty



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Our colleagues at City Academy continue to do professional development via yearly Action Research projects. We are honored to share their work here!

Milo Cutter and See Vang worked on improving students’ English reading and writing skills and improving communication between high schools and post-secondary institutions.





The Effect of MyMathLab on Students’ Self-Confidence

Melanie Groten and Ansell Toskas share a summary of their Action Research conducted last year in an urban charter school setting with interesting results!

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Apprenticeship Exposure and Student Career Choices

High school students have limited opportunities to explore future career opportunities. This study by Terry Kraabel endeavors to explore the impact of apprenticeship exposure on students’ career choices.

Student Evaluations of Teaching

Our colleagues at City Academy used Action Research to investigate the process and outcomes of gathering student evaluations of teaching.

Nguyen and Schefers’ summary of findings is shared here:

Preparing Students for a Career in Criminology: Identifying effective methods of communication with students

Urban charter school faculty summarize their action research results and share with us here at St. Kate’s each year. Susie Orr share’s her findings here:

Action Research by Charter School Faculty

We are proud of the faculty of City Academy for using Action Research as an ongoing professional development process in their school. Here is one of this year’s summaries by Curlee and Lloyd.



Parents Take Control of Your Home Internet!

Graduate student Rob Mathis created a set of tutorials for his EDUC 642 Service Learning project to help parents set up their home wifi to protect children. Click here to go to his wiki where you can watch three tutorials at home and set up your server to work under parameters with which you are comfortable. This might include precluding access to certain web content or controlling the hours that certain networks are available to your children’s devices.

Parents Take Control of Your Home Network

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Thanks Rob!

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