About Dr. Ellie

Hi, and welcome! I'm Dr. Ellie. I have a doctorate in educational psychology. For over 13 years, I taught middle school level special education, reading, and social studies. My special education specialties include learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges. For 12 years, I taught at the post-secondary level, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. My main area of university teaching is research and educational psychology, and I consult on dissertation methods and analysis. Most recently, I was a mentor of doctoral learners at the University of Phoenix. Currently, I am residing in the country of St. Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean, where I have become involved in special education consulting. Hobbies include reading (especially reading and critiquing young adult fiction), quilting, and crochet. I also enjoy walking, art museums, great music (from classical to contemporary), and exploring new local places. I love photography, and am trying my hardest to become a passable picture snapper.

Informal Learning and the Graphic Novel « Teaching/Management

Having trouble getting college student to look at research seriously? Graphic novels may be the answer. Read on.

Informal Learning and the Graphic Novel « Teaching/Management. (http://teachingmanagement.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/informal-learning-and-the-graphic-novel/)

For K-12 teachers, when I taught reading (“developmental” or for learning handicapped) I found that comics were a great way to get reluctant readers to read. The small amount of text per frame and the pictures to expand on the text helped students who were easily distracted to concentrate because text was presented in small doses, and the pictures would help give context, meaning, and focus. When I started teaching with comics, I had to pre-screen all materials myself. Within a few years, there were commercial school-oriented comics flooding the market, with the same intent: getting students to read for sustained periods of time.

If you have had similar experiences, or unique ones related to reading, please post comments. Reading is so important, and my own research found an almost perfect correlation of reading and math, that I think it is in the interest of students at all levels to keep the reading methods conversation alive. So share your success, or even your failures, with techniques you’ve used to motivate students to read or to teach reading to non-readers.

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White House Office Hours with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan | ED.gov Blog

Interested in what’s going on in education? Save this on your calendar for Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at 2:00PM EDT. It’s a live Q&A on Twitter with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

The announcement includes a link for sending questions, as well as to the sites where the session will be posted (in case you miss the live chat!).

White House Office Hours with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan | ED.gov Blog.

URL: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/06/white-house-office-hours-with-secretary-of-education-arne-duncan/

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School Sees ‘Turnaround’ Progress in Just Two Years | ED.gov Blog

It can be done! Look what an elementary school in Kansas City, Kansas, did. A new principal, some staff changes, a new attitude, and a grant from SIG, the Schools Improvement Program–and a school that went from 45% of students in the  warning area for reading to just 2% low scorers.

Kudos to everyone who made this happen: prinicpal, teachers and support staff, and parents. You made it happen!

From the ed.gov blog:

School Sees ‘Turnaround’ Progress in Just Two Years | ED.gov Blog.

(http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/06/school-sees-turnaround-progress-in-just-two-years/)

To be honest, I do not understand why more schools did not take advantage of a change model. Sometimes, it takes moving only a few people to make a difference. Get rid of the chronic complainers who make little or no effort to change, and you are left with people who are willing to learn and make changes in their environment that places the students and their needs first. Too many schools that received SIG funds did so by attempting changes through other models. I would be interested to see what progress was made overall by SIG category. Maybe the information is forthcoming…

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