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Faculty Spark Talks set for March 28

Spark Talks is designed to increase the awareness of dynamic research and scholarship conducted by our College of Education colleagues. Speakers will briefly share highlights from their scholarship in an informal forum. The goal is not only to share what we are doing, but also strike up or “spark” collaborations and conversations about the exciting scholarship in the college.

Thursday, March 28 - 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Light refreshment included
Location: Museum of Education (live streamed at

The eight presenters (listed below) will touch on topics ranging from racial equity in our public schools to the need for inclusive physical education.

  • Yang Wang, Instruction and Teacher Education and Ismahan Arslan-Ari, Educational Studies
    Exploring the College ESL Learner’s Reading for Academic Purposes Using Eye Movement and Miscue Analysis
    This presentation will present the reading process of an international graduate student who speaks English as a second language using Eye Movement and Miscue Analysis and show the reader's interactions with the texts and figures in reading academic materials.
  • Michelle Bryan, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,and Ashlee Lewis, Research, Evaluation and Measurement (REM) Center
    Conducting Culturally Responsive Evaluation with a Critical Race Lens: Implications for Theory and Practice
    This presentation briefly examines the application of critical race theory to a culturally responsive evaluation approach, addressing key implications for those who wish to situate their practice and scholarship at the intersection of these two orientations.
  • James Kirylo, Instruction and Teacher Education
    A Turning Point in Teacher Education
    This presentation will focus on why we are at a critical crossroads in teacher education.
  • Cathy Compton-Lilly, John C. Hungerpiller Professor, Instruction and Teacher Education
    Learning about the World from Children in Immigrant Families
    This presentation will focus on the “funds of knowledge” that children in immigrant families bring to classrooms and the important lessons we can all learn from them.
  • Gina M. Kunz, College of Education Research Institute and Educational Studies
    Research Partnership Mapping
    This presentation will describe what “partnership mapping” is and will illustrate how it can be utilized for multiple purposes in research projects.
  • Ali Brian, Physical Education
    Developmental delay does not discriminate: Is there a secular decline in gross motor development among American children?
    This presentation will focus on the need for universally-designed physical education in early childhood.


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