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  • Special Education Professors Receive $75,000 Research Grant

    October 25, 2019

    STEUBENVILLE, OHIO— Two professors in Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Education Department received a $75,000 grant from the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children to create an online module to help Ohio educators teach evidence-based behavior management practices. 

    Dr. Emily Sobeck and Dr. Megan Reister will work with eight teachers from Pugliese West Elementary, the School of Bright Promise, and Bishop John King Mussio Junior High — a combination of public, alternative, and private schools in the Steubenville area — to develop 10 video modules to teach education students evidence-based behavior management practices, including incorporating choice and behavior-specific praise. 

    “Every semester, I spend hours looking for high-quality, educational videos on these strategies to use with my students, but there’s nothing out there,” says Sobeck, an assistant professor of special education at Franciscan since 2016. “With this grant, we’ll be able to make high-quality videos that universities and schools from pre-K to 12th grade across Ohio can use as resources.” 

    For each strategy, Sobeck and Reister will meet with the eight teachers to teach them the specific behavioral strategy, observe them implement the strategies, and video-record them in the classroom. 

    An editor will prepare the videos for use as education resources both in the classroom and for professional development. Sobeck and Reister also hope to create a digital curriculum including modules for each of the 10 practices that will feature the classroom videos, peer-reviewed articles on the practices, and more. 

    “This project will provide high quality instruction to college education majors while helping educators already in the workforce,” says Reister, an associate professor of special education and early childhood education at Franciscan since 2014. “It’s fulfilling needs in the here and now.” 

    The pair will also work with a student researcher who is an undergraduate student at Franciscan University, an added benefit of the project. 

    The project runs from fall 2019 to fall 2021. The modules should be ready for dissemination in September 2021.

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