Kasey Uppling '15 and Dr. Marisa Macy at the 2014 PACEC Convention.
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Kasey Uppling, a senior at Lycoming College, presented “First Things First: Using Assessment to Inform Early Literacy Instruction,” her early literacy research, at the 2014 Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children (PACEC) Convention on Nov. 21 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Uppling, a psychology major who is also pursuing an early childhood education certification, wrote a proposal and competed with other college students across the state to present her research at the convention. She shared results of research she conducted with Dr. Marisa Macy, assistant professor of education at Lycoming College, during the summer of 2014. Their research was based on a module for assessing young children’s early literacy skills that Uppling field tested with preschoolers. In addition to their research, they also shared practical tips for assessment/instruction, based on their results.
“The research skills she developed from our collaborative student-faculty research will put her ahead in preparation for graduate school,” Macy said. “The research she conducted requires analytical and empirical skills that will prove to be valuable in her career.”
PACEC advances education at all levels from local, state, provincial and federal legislation for children with exceptionalities. Other convention presentation topics included “How to Deal with the Most Difficult Students” and “10 Strategies Proven to Inspire & Engage Every Student,” among others. The keynote speaker was Dr. James Kauffman, Ed.D., who is a professor emeritus of education at the University of Virginia. He is author, co-author, or co-editor of numerous books and professional journal articles related to disabilities. Uppling and five other Lycoming students had the opportunity to attend this event through a Curriculum Enrichment Grant from the Lycoming College Office of the Provost.