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ENHP Faculty, Students, and Alumni Present at 2013 NERA Conference

The Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) held its 44th annual meeting and conference in Rocky Hill, Conn. October 23 - 25, 2013. ENHP faculty members, students, and alumni contributed to the conference as presenters, discussion leaders, and poster exhibitors.

Sheetal SoodAssistant Professors Sheetal Sood and Megan Mackey presented a paper on Number Sense Instruction for Kindergarten Students. Sood was a discussant on the topic of The Pursuit of Professional Excellence: Examining Educator Confidence and Competence. In the poster session, she presented Tier 2 Number Sense Instruction of At-risk Students. (Sood - pictured at right)

Assistant Professors Diana LaRocco, Beth Parker, and Suzi D’Annolfo presented a paper about Urban Community Schools: Educator Perceptions of the Effects of Children’s Health and Wellness on Learning. LaRocco also partnered with doctoral alumna, Deborah Wheeler, superintendent of Litchfield Public Schools to present Connecticut’s New Teacher Evaluation Process:  Concerns, Commitment, and Experiences of Educators in Two Pilot Districts.

Diana LaRoccoIn addition to presenting, LaRocco participated in a working group session to discuss a line of research in greater depth. This particular working group was organized around the conference theme of Fairness in Education and how P-12 teachers can meet diverse students’ needs by doing their own research on a wide range of instructional strategies driven by teachers’ decision making. The goal of such sessions is to encourage ongoing collaborative research. LaRocco, Deanne Anderson, Goodwin College, and MaryJo Archambault, doctoral student in educational leadership, were members of a symposium on Universal Design for Learning in Postsecondary Settings:  One Faculty Member’s Journey Towards Making Learning Accessible for All Students. (LaRocco - pictured at right)

Sahaya Josephine, doctoral student, presented one paper entitled International Students’ Perceptions of the Educational Value of Service Learning.  She presented a second focusing on the Effects of Graduate Education: an Analysis Using Theory of Basic Human Values. Alyce Roberts, doctoral alumna, presented on Cultural Competence: An Investigation of Urban High School English Teachers’ Practices

Additional poster session presenters included:

  • Isabel Logan, doctoral student in educational leadership - Bilingual Professionals: Asset or Liability?
  • Renee Greenfield, assistant professor - Effectiveness of Read-aloud Intervention on the Vocabulary and Oral Language Development of Kindergarten Students.
  • Megan Mackey, assistant professor and Gretchen Nelson, doctoral student in educational leadership – Utlizing Video Feedback to Improve Behaviors of Twins with Autism.
  • Hannah E. Schultz, primary researcher and undergraduate student in elementary/special education– Solving Behaviors for “Kiddos”: Early Intervention and Its Influence on Behavior Plans (Sheetal Sood, assistant professor and advisor).
  • Kate Darcy Hohenthal, doctoral alumna - Engaging Students in Creating a Home Safety and Emergency Preparedness Program for Elementary School Students.

To discuss these topics further, contact the appropriate ENHP faculty member by consulting the college directory at