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Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) : Events

Education & Educational Psych Conference – 2021

When: April 10th, 2021 (Saturday) 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Link provided on 4/7/2021 with Registration

Cost: Free

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Conference Program 2021 (docx)

Enhancing Education & Equity in Challenging Times!


9:00 – 9:34 Open Ended-Educational Resources

Kevin Corcoran, MBA


This presentation will explore the role that Open Educational Resources (OER) play in supporting equity efforts, focusing on the challenges of access, representation, and opportunity for our students.

9:35 – 9:59 Digital Technologies: Tele Mental Health and Opportunities for Health Education

Davide Mariotti, PhD


Digital technologies have transformed our lives. Now the data-driven revolution is beginning to transform healthcare. The world’s response to the pandemic has highlighted the importance of telemedicine. Telehealth is quickly changing the way to provide clinical interventions, new technologies are challenging the physical worlds and are impacting the human relationship. Where does the so-called Digital Revolution in the health field and where is it going? This presentation will explore current issues facing teaching Telehealth as well as possible implications in interprofessional collaboration.

10:00 – 10:29 Teachers of Color: Missing in Action

Marsha Daria, PhD


There are a number of research studies that show the need for Teachers of Color. Teachers of color matter for all students, but most assuredly students of color. Yet, the number of teachers of color in the workplace continues to lag far behind the number of students of color in schools. Preparation, recruitment, and retention are areas that must be addressed in order to maintain teachers of color. In this presentation, participants will learn what preservice teachers of color say about preparation programs, why teachers of color leave the workforce, and what teachers of color believe would help solve the retention problem. Selected responses from interviews with over 25 teachers of color representing a Historically Black College, a linguistic conference, and local schools will be shared.

10:30 – 10:59 Our Ever-Evolving Journey to Meet the Needs of English Language Learners

Kristy Zaleta, EdD


In this session, presenters will share their experiences working with their large Bilingual/ESL student population. They will describe the path they have taken over the past three years to adjust and meet the needs of this growing population of students. These building administrators will share tips and strategies that have worked and some of the challenges they faced with tight budgets and the pandemic.

11:00 – 11:29 Addressing the Needs of Students with Gifted and Talented Potential

Marcia A. B. Delcourt, PhD & Lorrie-Anne Monte, PhD, MPH, CHES


Every classroom, school, and community has students with high potential. It is imperative that educators identify these youths to help them achieve all that they are capable of becoming. This presentation will focus on classroom strategies used to identify and address the needs of potentially gifted and talented students. Legislation and how it can impact teacher evaluation will also be reviewed. Commonly used terms, models of best practice, related research, and comprehensive resources will be shared, along with creative teaching strategies focused on increasing student curiosity, motivation, and engagement.

11:30 – 12:00 Non-violent Communication in Turbulent Times

Jody S. Piro, EdD & Gabriel Lomas, PhD


The systems in which we engage have become increasingly difficult to manage. Studies have documented a clear rise in hate crimes, otherizing, and general intolerance among people and groups. There may be no better time than now to learn Nonviolent Communication (NVC) strategies. Strategies introduced in this presentation may be used in any context. Nonviolent Communication is rooted in the work of Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg and has a strong psychological research base. Attendees will learn the four key components of NVC, discuss how these components can be used to improve communication, and practice the four components.


Poster Gallery: WCSU Cohort 8

Click on the Poster Preview to view the full Poster. All Posters and Handouts are in PDF format.

A Mixed Methods Study on the Effect of Emotional Awareness Exercises on Adaptiveness in Coping and Empathy with Preservice Teachers in Mixed Reality Simulations

Ashley Brooksbank



A Multiple Case Study of the Perceived Influence of Visual Thinking Strategies on Teacher Practice

Christina Conners



Students’ and Educators’ Perspectives on Student Connectedness to School: Social Support, Engagement, & Belonging

Thomas R. Fox



Examining the relationship between science teachers’ epistemology and self-efficacy on science instructional practices and conceptualization of student research experiences rooted in the next generation science standards

Nicole Griffin



Crossing the Threshold to Teacher: The Role of Liminality in the Formation of Teacher Identity in Preservice Teachers

Emily Kilbourn



Teacher Perceptions of Principal Support and Teacher Self-Efficacy

Britany Kuslis



Predictors of Educator Wellness and Burnout

Mykal Kuslis



Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of a Written Feedback Intervention in Response to Mixed-Reality Simulations

Eric Mendelson



An Exploration of Therapy Dogs in Educational Settings As Told Through the Experiences of Multiple Stakeholders

Lauren A. Moyer



Middle Level Teachers’ Perceptions of Educating and Supporting Students Who Have Experienced Trauma: An Exploratory Case Study

Sheri Wenzel Prendergast



Personalized Learning and Educators’ Perceptions of Student Agency and Empowerment: A Case Study

Scott Gregory Trungadi



Organizational Mindfulness in Recognition Schools: Mindful Leadership Practices of Principals that Build High Reliability Learning Organizations

Joseph W. Sullivan



Professional Learning Sessions: WCSU Cohort 9

Choreographing Controversial Conversations In The Classroom (YouTube)

 Jennifer Blue & Sara Dalton

Understanding the Impact of Identity in the Classroom (Sharepoint | Google Drive)

Jessica Coronel, Peter Dittmar, & Karen Thompson

Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Strategies Using the ARC Framework (Edpuzzle)

Kara Mia Colon, Antonia Madison, & Brienne Shea