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Presentations & Projects

I enjoy the opportunity to engage with various stakeholders, including educators at the K12 and post-secondary level, teacher education students, K-12 students, and parents. Below are some of my recent presentations. I am happy to tailor a presentation or training for the needs of your specific group!

What Counts as "Real Reading" 

Many individuals do not view themselves as readers, despite living in a world filled with texts! Here is a video of a recent presentation on this important topic. Click here to read one of my recent publications on this topic: 

Engaging Students Through Poetry

There are so many forms of poetry available to engage students in creative writing while also pushing their thinking and understanding of rhyme scheme, reptition, and how poets express meaning. 

Here is a link to my most recent presentation on engaging students with poetry, presented at the Association for Middle Level Education Conference in November, 2021. Click here to access the PearDeck presentation in Google Slides. 

Writing with Pen

Differentiation in The Classroom

As a teacher educator, I see the importance of not just talking about differentiation with the preservice teachers in my classroom, but also of explicitly modeling what differentiation looks. Thus, I strive to provide multiple examples of differentiation in my education courses, followed with opportunties for the preservice teachers in my courses to reflect on how differentiation impacted their own learning and motivation. 

Click here to view a recent presentation on Differentiation Using Menu Projects, created for the Montana State Literacy Conference, Fall 2020. 

Supporting Neurodiverse Students

Educators need to be prepared to meet the needs of all the students they may encounter in the classroom. One of my focus areas as both an educator and researcher is preparing educators to meet the needs of neurodiverse students, including those with dyslexia and students who are twice-exceptional (identified as both gifted and having an additional learning difference. As part of these efforts, I am the cofounder of the Dyslexia & Innovation Symposium at Montana State University

Diverse Kindergarten
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