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May 2, 2017 – King’s College graduate students and local residents recently participated in the Education Department’s Master’s Symposium. Graduate students presented abstracts that were a culmination of research projects on a variety of topics to fulfill requirements in the College’s Master of Education programs. 

Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, English as a Second Language, graduate students who presented research were Kayla Boyer, “Sentence Frames Used to Increase Academic Vocabulary in English Language Learners” and Amber Cipriani, “Teaching Strategies that Benefit an ELL in a Visual Arts Classroom.”

Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics, graduate students who presented research were Joseph Yurkonis, “Meta-Analysis of Current Issues with STEM Education Programs” and Kim Zalenski, “The Effects of Reteaching Math Topics to Struggling Students.”

Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Teaching, graduate students who presented research were Michael Bugda, “Identifying the Predictive Validity of the Study Island Benchmark as an Indicator of Achievement on the Grade 8 Mathematics PSSA”; Jacob D. Mishinski, “Rote Memory and Multiplication Fact Fluency”; and Jessica M. Ormrod, “The Efficacy of School-Based Mentoring Programs for At-Risk Youth: A Meta-Analysis.” 

Master’s of Education in Reading graduate students who presented research were: Allison Connell, “The Use of Sentence-Combining Instruction to Improve Young Children’s Self-Confidence and Sentence-Writing Abilities”; Tiffany Kopec, “Effectiveness of the Think-Pair-Share Strategy on Comprehension”; Leslee McClain, “What Impact does Response to Intervention have on fluency amongst readers?”; Katie Ann Perlowski, “Increasing Motivation Through the Use of Authentic Literature and Choice”; and Renee Terez Sutkowski, “Measuring the Impact of Interactive Read-Alouds on Comprehension.”

Jeffrey Hanadel, a Master’s of Education in Special Education graduate student, presented his research, titled “School Wide Behavior.” 

King’s Education Department offers master’s degree programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, and Reading. The event was coordinated by Dr. Denise Reboli, chair and professor of education; Dr. Deb Carr, director, graduate program in curriculum and instruction; and Dr. Jill Yurko, director, graduate program in reading.

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King’s College graduate students who presented their research during the Education Department’s annual symposium, seated from left: Katie Perlowski, Jessica Ormrod, and Allison Connell. Standing: Tiffany Kopec, Kayla Boyer, Kim Zalenski, Leslee McClain, Amber Cipriani, Joseph Yurkonis, Jacob Mishinski, Jeffrey Hanadel, and Michael Bugda.