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Dr. Danielle Dennis was selected to co-lead the PDK International Study Tour to Paris and Amsterdam in October 2014.
She will be leading the Tour with Joan Richardson, the Editor of Kappan. See this link for more details:



Dr. Rebecca Burns

Appointed to the

NAPDS Board of Directors


Yendol Hoppey

Micropolitical and Identity Challenges Influencing New Faculty Participation in Teacher Education Reform: When Will We Learn?

by Diane Yendol-Hoppey, David Hoppey, Aimee Morewood, Sharon B. Hayes & Meadow Sherrill Graham — 2013

Background/Context: Teacher education faculty face increasing pressure to simultaneously strengthen and
reform teacher education programs while maintaining research productivity. The demands placed on teacher education
programs to increase relevancy by strengthening clinical components of teacher preparation has once again reached the fore. The energy for
this reform often rests on the shoulders of tenure-earning faculty who have developed as Engaged Scholars during their
doctoral preparation and wish to continue this work as they enter the professoriate.


The National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) held its annual conference February 14 - 17, 2013 in New Orleans. Congratulations Presenters

UR Research Colloquium, April 2013
Congratulations to our outstanding presentors

Amy Brown
Amy Brown

jessica and karyn
Jessica Hagood and Karyn Zalman

courtney and megan
Courtney Taylor and Megan Day

Yukiko Palmore

Blankenship, M.U. & Margarella, E. (2012). Senate Bill 736: A word level analysis.

Matt and Erin determined the frequency of vocabulary used to construct the controversial Senate Bill 736. They found that a Bill, intended to support student learning, most frequently used the term "schools" and "districts" followed by "evaluation" and "performance". Interestingly, the word "learning" was not included in the top 20 frequently used words and revels an interesting dynamic between the intent of the legislature and the outcome. 

Branscombe, M. (2012). Applying Vygotsky's theory of compensation to the visually impaired child through process drama.  

Margaret demonstrated the ways in which process drama supports visually impaired children's access to symbolic understanding. Using a series of images and Braille, session attendees were required to use verbal discourse to engage with Margaret regarding the content of her poster-- a parallel process to the one used by visually impaired children using process drama to access their understanding of the world.

Smith, P. (2012). Multilingual and multicultural awareness: A teacher educator in action.

Patriann examined the ways in which she demonstrated multilingual awareness (MLA) and multicultural awareness (MA) in her teaching practice. Using videos, her written responses to students and students’ midterm and ongoing written evaluations of her teaching, she conducted video-stimulated reflections (VSRs) and inductive analysis to describe her communication patterns and to re-examie her conception of diversity and enhance her multicultural awareness (MA).

matt and erin margaret Patriann



  • Dr. Janet Richards (Literacy Studies) was a featured keynote speaker at the annual State of Maryland International Reading Association meeting held in Baltimore, Maryland on March 28, 2012. Her presentation was titled was "Strategy Lessons to Promote K-3 Students' Independent Writing".
  • Dr. Janet Richards (Literacy Studies) article "Every Word Is True: Stories of Our Experiences in a Qualitative Research Course" is published as Article of the Week in The Qualitative Report, Volume 4(32).
  • Dr. Jolyn Blank (Early Childhood) received the Early Career Achievement Award from the Early Childhood Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Doctoral student, Virginia Schreier's article, A Fresh Look at Science Informational Trade Books,has been published in the Florida Reading Journal, 48(1), page 14.
  • Dr. Danielle Dennis (Elementary Education) and four teachers from Pizzo Elementary presented at the National Association of Professional Development Schools Conference. This was the first national conference presentation for the four classroom teachers.
  • Lindsay Persohn had been selected as the new Public Relations Officer of the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC)