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Lab Schools research, presentation, and visits

A key aspect of the Lab School mission is to “promote effective, high-quality education throughout the teaching profession and aid other educators in the process of improving the quality of education in their schools.” Faculty associates do this through facilitating and conducting research, presenting at conferences throughout the country, and hosting other schools to visit to observe innovative programs. Below is a list of the numerous faculty associates who have taken the time to make contributions to the profession:

Research Projects

Thomas Metcalf School
“An Exploration of Middle School Teachers’ Perceived Barriers to the Use of Design as a Tool for Integration”—Steven Mertens, Department of Teaching and Learning, Lisa Matejka

University High School
“The Five Components Of Physical Fitness And Their Relationship To Academic Achievement In High School Students”—Maria Pessman, Dale Brown, Illinois State University Department of Exercise Science

Presentations

Thomas Metcalf School
“Common Core State Standards 3-day Boot Camp” for Regional Office of Education Common Core State Standards Boot Camp, Bloomington, Ill., July 9, 2013—Christine Paxson

“PARCC Assessment” for Higher Ed presentation on the new PARCC Assessment, Normal, Ill., August 1, 2013—Christine Paxson

“Common Core Associates Training (CCAT)” for Illinois State University, Normal, Ill., September 1, 2013 – Christine Paxson

“Standards-Based Grading” for Parent Night at University High School, Normal, Ill., September 4, 2013—Christine Paxson

“Fair Isn’t Always Equal” for Thomas Metcalf School book study, Normal, Ill., October 16, 2013—Jennie Frank, Amy Reiman, University High School

“Common Core State Standards Implementation and the Alignment to a Standards-Based Report Card” for Illinois Principals Association Administrators Academy, Countryside, Ill., October 18, 2013—Christine Paxson

“Share and Share-Alike: Proper Attribution in a Mashup/Re-Mix Web 2.0 World” for T21 Fall Speaker Series, Normal, Ill., October 25, 2013—Lisa Matejka

“Apps Aligned to the Common Core and RtI” for T21: Teaching in the 21st Century Conference, Normal, Ill., November 5, 2013—Christine Paxson

“Google It, Just a Little Bit Learning Laboratory” for T21: Teaching in the 21st Century Conference, Normal, Ill., November 5, 2013—Fred Basolo, April Davenport, Andrew Goveia, Amanda Stalets, Wesley Matejka

“Hands-On Technology Playground” for T21: Teaching in the 21st Century Conference, Normal, Ill., November 5, 2013 – Lisa Matejka, Wesley Matejka

“Common Core State Standards Implementation and the Alignment to a Standards-Based Report Card” for Illinois Principals Association Administrators Academy, Bloomington, Ill., November 8, 2013—Christine Paxson

“Résumé Writing and Interviewing Skills” for Illinois Association of Teacher Educators Fall Conference, Normal, Ill., November 8, 2013—Amy Fritson- Coffman

“Teaching Jazz Orff Ensembles” for American Orff Schulwerk Association Professional Development Conference, Denver, Colo., November 14, 2013— Donna Zawatski, Kimberly McCord, Department of Music

“Listening Spoken Language Program” for Tri-County Special Education Association, Bloomington, Ill., November 22, 2013—Lisa Kendall, Rachel Matyasse, Molly Turner

“Duct Tape and More: Low-tech Solutions for the High Tech World of iPads” for HILIA Professional Development, Normal, Ill., November 27, 2013—Jodi Nibbelin, Rose Smith, Livingston County Special Services Unit, Jenny Davis, McLean County Unit 5

“Design Thinking: Creating Innovators through ReDESIGN in Education” for McLean County Unit 5, Normal, Ill., December 9, 2013—Peggy Finnegan, Lisa Matejka

“Listening Spoken Language Program” for McLean County Unit 5, Normal, Ill., December 9, 2013—Lisa Kendall, Rachel Matyasse, Molly Turner

“Listening Spoken Language Program” for Livingston County Special Services Unit, Pontiac, Ill., December 13, 2013—Lisa Kendall, Rachel Matyasse, Molly Turner

“Cortical Visual Impairment and Its Unique Teaching Strategies” for Prairie Central Professional Development Day, Fairbury, Ill., January 17, 2014—Jan Harrell, HILIA Vison Facilitator

“Cortical Visual Impairment In-service” for Prairie Central Professional Development Day, Fairbury, Ill., January 17, 2014—Jan Harrell, HILIA Vison Facilitator

University High School
“Philosophy Rather Than Finance: Redirecting the Discourse Concerning Inequitable School Funding in Illinois” for Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society Annual Conference, Dayton, Ohio, September 13, 2014—Robert Fitzgerald

“Consuming Violence: Ancient Rome, the NFL, and The Hunger Games” for National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, St. Louis, Mo., October 23, 2013—Kate Pole, Amy Reiman

“Education as a Fundamental Right: Injustice and Inequality in Illinois” for Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago Annual Conference for Teachers in Civics, Law, and Government, Chicago, Ill., November 1, 2013—Robert Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Lugg, Educational Administration and Foundations

“Tweet This! Social Media for Teachers & Librarians: The Pedagogical Uses of Social Media in HS Research” for Illinois School Library Media Association Fall Conference, Springfield, IL, November 1, 2013—Gretchen Zaitzeff, Ben Webb

“Tweet This! Social Media for Teachers & Librarians: The Pedagogical Uses of Social Media in HS Research” for Illinois Education and Technology Conference Fall Conference, Springfield, IL, November 14, 2013—Gretchen Zaitzeff, Ben Webb

“Inequitable Injustice: A Critical Analysis of the Litigation Concerning Illinois School Funding” for Educational Law Association Annual Conference, Denver, Colo., November 16, 2013—Robert Fitzgerald

“Meeting the Challenge of Authentic Writing: Multigenre Writing in the Common Core” for American Reading Forum National Conference, Sanibel Island, Fla., December 13, 2013—Tami Dean, Robin Seglem, School of Teaching and Learning

“Creating Independent and Reflective Learners: Effective Assessments for Historical Thinking” for Dr. Richard Hughes’ Illinois State University History class, Normal, Ill., January 31, 2014—Kate Pole, Kirsten Hany

“Different Not Less” for Illinois State University Student Educational Association, Normal, Ill., February 3, 3013—Nancy Schenck

Shannon Maney visited Grayslake Community High School to discuss the writing process, creative process and writing through difficult times with their students.

Lester Hamptom, Ryan Klier and Maria Pessman visited Prairie Central high School to share methodologies for factoring physical education into a student’s GPA and standards-based grading in physical education.

Hosted Visits

Thomas Metcalf School
Norwood School District, Response to Intervention, Guided Reading, Daily 5, Multiple days—Christine Paxson
Dennis Laboratory School, Curriculum and School Setup, May 19, 2014— Christine Paxson
McLean County Unit 5, Tour Listening Spoken Language Program, March 3, 2014—Lisa Kendall
Francis Xavier Ward, Pre-K-8 Technology Integration, April 14, 2014—Lisa Kendall
Oswego High School Future Educators of America, Teacher Ed program; panel of teachers at Metcalf, April 17, 2014—Lisa Kendall
The Catalyst School of Chicago, One-to-One Technology Initiative, May 5, 2014—Lisa Kendall
LeRoy Elementary, Tour Listening Spoken Language Program, May 19, 2014— Lisa Kendall

University High School
Grayslake Community High School, Writing Process, Creative Process and Writing Through Difficult Times With Students – Shannon Maney

Prairie Central High School, Factoring Physical Education into a Student’s GPA and Standards-Based Grading in Physical Education Methodologies – Lester Hamptom, Ryan Klier and Maria Pessman

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