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Begley, Donna M Senior Instructor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • Donna Begley focuses on: examining personal attitudes and instructional recommendations for those working with students with academic, social, emotional, and behavioral issues through young adult literature and illustrated texts; and Mapping the International Dyslexia Standards for Teachers onto the Common Core State Standards.


  • Teacher education coursework and performance in the field, Common Core State Standards and IDA expectations for teachers, exploring young adult literature and illustrated texts relevant to "exceptionalities"


courses taught

  • EDUC 4023 - Differentiating Instruction in Diverse Secondary Classrooms
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Focuses on teaching culturally and linguistically diverse students, special education students, and differentiation in the classroom. Emphasizes evidence-based teaching practices and programmatic interventions that support student learning. Includes practicum. Degree credit not granted for this course and EDUC 4351.
  • EDUC 4320 - Reading Instruction for Elementary Schools
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Participants will engage theories and processes of literacy learning, reading development, and equity-oriented teaching. Students will learn, develop, and enact instructional strategies and lessons to support all students' successful participation in a range of print and multimodal literacy practices embedded in reading instruction in elementary classrooms.
  • EDUC 4341 - Elementary Reading Assessment and Instruction
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Builds on knowledge and teaching practices introduced in EDUC 4320. Addresses five critical components of reading. Refines understanding of research-based practices for diagnostic assessments and intervention, and teaching strategies for elementary age learners. Prepares candidates to deliver a comprehensive reading curriculum in the elementary grades.
  • EDUC 4351 - Language and Equity in Inclusive Learning Environmnents
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Focuses on responsive instructional approaches for elementary school students, including culturally and linguistically diverse students requiring special education services. Addresses relevant educational laws and policies aimed at protecting students' rights to a quality education. Includes practicum experiences in elementary school settings. Degree credit not granted for this course and EDUC 4023.
  • EDUC 5245 - Foundations of Reading Instruction K-12
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Comparatively analyzes current and emerging philosophies and programs in K-12 with focus on teaching reading and thinking skills.
  • EDUC 5285 - Reading Clinic Procedures K-12
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Focuses learning on a select group of K-12 students to assess reading proficiency, develop appropriate instructional goals, and provide instruction that addresses these goals. Emphasis on interpreting assessment data, extending a repertoire of instructional strategies, and developing and implementing a strong instructional plan.