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Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Attendance Works: The Effects of Truancy on High School Students Success, Mark Bruce

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Will Strengthening the Cervical Muscles of the Neck Diminish the Risk of Concussions?, Nathan D. Bull

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Using Retrospective Miscue Analysis to Revalue Reading: A Case Study, Catherine D. Bulmahn

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Succor Through Suboxone Treatment, Shiela R. Campbell

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Working Memory Deficits in Students with ADHD: Implications for Developing Curriculum on Introductory Trigonometric Functions and the Unit Circle, Christian N. Case

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Motivation to Read: A Study of Three Primary Age Students, Kacie Castle

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How to Increase Reading Motivation among Elementary Children Based on Teachers’ Perspectives and Teaching Methods, Gina M. Chinappi

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Katherine Dunham Technique and Philosophy: A Holistic Dance Pedagogy, Molly E. Christie Gonzalez

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Soothing the Savage Beast: Music in the Cultural Cold War, 1945-1991, Shellie M. Clark

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Response to Intervention: Importance of Parental Involvement, Yanisvel Cordero

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Student-Engaged Assessment-A Meta-Analysis of EL Assessment Practices, Joshua Cornue

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A Case Study: The Effect of Repeated Read-Alouds of Complex Texts on the Comprehension of a Preschool Student, Stephanie J. Cottrell

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Exploring the Impact of Assistive Technologies in the Classroom for Students with Disabilities, Katie Coulon

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Differentiated Math Instruction: Instruction that Incorporates the Common Core State Standards and Effectively Addresses the Needs of Sixth Grade Students. A Self-Study., Nicole A. Cubiotti

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Body Language: Seeking a Living Vocabulary for the Dancing Body, Colleen Theresa Culley

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How is Response to Intervention Doing? A Self-Study Approach, Mary K. Daloia

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Implementing Technology in an Algebra Classroom, Jennifer M. Damick

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Educating All Students? Successfully Supporting Students with Emotional Disabilities, Emily R. Davis

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Using Direct Instruction to Teach Self-Monitoring Strategies for Accuracy, Sarah DeGoey

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Implications of Working with Trauma: Therapists’ Perspectives, Stephanie DeRico

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Water Chestnut: Field Observations, Competition, and Seed Germination and Viability in Lake Ontario Coastal Wetlands, Kathryn Des Jardin

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A Self-Analysis of a Substitute Teacher, Christina M. Donofrio

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Single-Sex Classrooms: Effects of Boys’ Achievement A Meta-Analysis, Alisha A. Duffina

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Homeless Children & Academic Achievement: What Do Adults Who Experienced Homelessness As Children Believe Teachers Can Do To Ensure Their Homeless Students Achieve Academic Success?, Debra S. Dumuhosky

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How the Shift in High Stakes Testing Impacts Students of Low Socioeconomic Status in a Suburban Junior High School, Amanda M. Eagan

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A Spiraling Curriculum Project on Factoring in Algebra I Aligned with the New York State Common Core State Standards, Katie Elkins

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Academic Language Acquisition, Rebekah R. Feller

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Anti-Bullying Interventions in the Middle School Literacy Instruction, Ashley Fotopoulos

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Applying Cooperative Learning to the New York State Living Environment Curriculum, James R. Franklin

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Cultural Competency of the Helping Professional: A Self Reflection, Courtney Furness

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An investigation into the impacts of peer discourse on students' comprehension proficiency with a specific focus on English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: A meta-analysis, Laura A. Gallagher

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Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment Question-Driven Instruction Using Student Response Systems in High School Life Science Classes, Jennifer Gardinier

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Enhancing Reading Comprehension in Students with Disabilities Through Differentiated Instruction, Allison W. Ghyzel

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Exploring Social Development in a Child with Autism Who Uses the Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) Treatment Approach, Danielle L. Giangrasso

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Somatic Value System for Life and its Integration into Dance Practices, Bethany Good

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The Effects of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Accidents on Wallace Mine Fen in the Moshannon State Forest, Pennsylvania, Andie Graham

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Multiliteracies: Bringing Multimodality into Schools, Daniel C. Greco

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Exploring the Effects of Using the Words Their Way Program with Teenage Boys with Autism, Emily A. Gutknecht

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Technology Enhancing Kindergarten Students’ Literacy Skills in Math, Alannah N. Heale

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Exploring the Implementation of Words Their Way in a First Grade Classroom, Kathryn J. Horch

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Fusing Literacy and the Arts to Meet Common Core Standards, Justin Jackson

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A Closer Look into Discipline Specific Literacy Strategies for Mathematics, Kaitlyn Johnson

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The Impact of Increased Spanish Instruction, Nicole M. Johnson

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How Schools Can Support Students with Mental Illness, Elizabeth J. Jones

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Traditional vs. Electronic Learning Environment, William T. Kaufman

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Science Literacy: Collection of Earth Science Lessons Emphasizing Writing in Science, Amanda Klein

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A Self-Study Exploring My Literacy Beliefs, Brittany Kline

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A Curriculum Project on the Utilization of the Rule of Four to Enable Students to Work in Their Zone of Proximal Development, Valerie L. Kondolf

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Implementing Blended Classroom Pedagogy to Deepen Student Understanding in High School Biology, David J. Krebs

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“What Do I Want to Do When I Grow Up?” – A Look at the Impact of Career Curriculum in the Fifth Grade, Elyse Kusse

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Abstract Language and Student Response During Guided Play, Jessica M. LaManna

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Reflective Peace in the At-Risk Classroom, Aaron C. Lawrick

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Finding the Most Meaningful Forms of Parental Involvement: A Synthesis of Meta-Analyses, Sarah Lawson

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Utilizing Problem-Based Learning Activities in Science with Students with Disabilities, Sarah E. Lenhard

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Holistic Factors that Influence Counselor Wellbeing in a High Stress Environment, Deborah Lewin

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The Impact of Digital Storytelling on Fourth Grade Students’ Motivation to Write, Chelsea LoBello

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GoNoodle Movement Breaks in the Classroom, Brittany Lotta

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Using Mentor Texts to Teach Argumentative Writing through Writing Conferences, Lesya Lukomskaya

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Mentoring Middle School Students: A Program Evaluation, Dianne Maerz

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The Use of Argumentation in Socio-Scientific Issues: Enhancing Evolutionary Biology Instruction, Heath R. Marchand

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BeYOUtiful: Assessing the Impact of a High School Girls’ Group, Anna E. Marianetti

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Resilience in Urban Middle School Students: The Impact of Character Education, Christina C. Martinez

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Effects on Retention of Students with Learning Disabilities Utilizing Services at Community Colleges, Jacquelyn Martin

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Parent Involvement and Literacy Achievement: A Case Study, Jessica M. Martorana

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Socioeconomic Factors That Affect Children’s Literacy Experiences, samantha mckenzie

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Hunger, Lore McSpadden

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Creating a Curriculum for Heritage Language Learners of Spanish, JoAnna Menzie

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Classic Literature and Struggling Readers in Middle School Grades Five through Eight, Susan A. Merriam

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Effectiveness of Early Childhood Education Programs on the Literacy Learning of Children from Low Socioeconomic Status Backgrounds, Alyssa Morris

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Curriculum Redesign with an Emphasis on Mathematical Literacy in an 8th Grade Function Unit, Caitlin A. Mosher

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High School Calculus: Is AP Calculus the best option?, Katrijn Moulin

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Fourth and Fifth Grade Teachers’ Perspectives of the Benefits of Incorporating Cooperative Learning Activities, William G. Nyhof

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Using Technology and Multimodal Literacy to Actively Engage Struggling and Disengaged Readers, Elizabeth K. O'Donnell

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Robert Bly, C.K. Williams & Michael Klein: Corporate Intimacy in Prose Poetry, Julie M. Oyer

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Counseling to Reduce Stress and Anxiety: A Mixed Methods Study, Jessica A. Pakan

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Effects of Poverty on the Brains of Children and Effective Teaching Strategies to Meet Their Specific Needs, Kimberly D. Palmer

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The Italian Immigrants’ Assimilation into American Culture and the Subsequent Impact on Food, Language and Last Names, Joseph S. Pechie

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The Signs of Suicide (SOS) Prevention Program: A Pilot Study, Christopher Perri

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The Affects of Executive Functions in Children with ADHD and the Impact on Their Literacy Development, Nicole Pettrone

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The Effects of Executive Functions in Children with ADHD and the Impact on Their Literacy Development, Nicole Pettrone

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Promoting Parental Involvement and Students Success in School: What Teachers Can Do, Nora E. Preller

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Timing Performance Error in Rewarded and Non-Rewarded Tasks, L. Jack Rhodes

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The Modern Gay & Lesbian Civil Rights Movement in the United States, Leigh J. Robinson

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Sinkhole Analysis and Classification Using Pictometry in Genesee County, NY and Surrounding Areas, Michael D. Rodgers

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The Impact of ADHD on Student Learning in the K through 12 Classrooms, Adriana M. Rosengreen

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A Curriculum Project on Exponential Growth Aligned with Common Core Standards, Alyssa D. Ruscio

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The Benefits of Structured Conversation in A Literacy Circle with English Language Learners, Olga Sagan

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Aspects of Bowfin and Northern Sunfish Biology and Ecology, David Sanderson-Kilchenstein

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Literacy Strategies for Increasing a Kindergartener’s Letter Identification and Letter Sound Recognition: A Self-Study, Melissa Schultz

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Technology In The Classroom, Samantha M. Seaman

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Using Writing Conferences to Scaffold First Grade Students' Narrative Writing, Marie Sinchak

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Case Study: A Holistic Approach in the Orthographic Development of One Emergent Learner, Teresa I. Singh

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Incorporating Problem Based Learning into a Secondary International Baccalaureate Biology Curriculum, Katie Smith

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training Core Mindfulness: Its Impact on Everyday Mindfulness, Goal-Directed, and Ineffective Behaviors, Nicole Smith

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A Collection of Scientific Modeling Incorporated Units for Chemistry, Laura E. Spaman

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Teachers’ Perspectives on Self-contained and Departmentalized Instructional Models, Linsay L. Stewart

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The Effects of Constructs Related to Mathematical Persistence on Student Performance during Problem Solving, Derek M. Stoll

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Close Reading Strategies & Reading Comprehension, Stephanie M. Strassner

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The Effectiveness of a Special Education Teacher on Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities and Meeting the Common Core State Standards: A Self-Study, Christina A. Sullivan

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Parents’ Perceptions of Literacy and Its Impact on Student Learning, Samantha M. Switzer