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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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The Effects of ELL Instructional Strategies on Low Socioeconomic Students' Acquisition of Semantic and Sentence Syntax in Academic Vocabulary, Amanda A. Ault

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Experience of Burnout Among Educational Leadership Doctoral Candidates, Ron M. Azoulay

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Midwestern School District Support Service Providers' Wraparound Services, Heather Baker

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Teacher Beliefs and Adverse Childhood Experiences, Jennifer Lynn Barnett

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Teacher Knowledge, Beliefs, and Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: A Comparison Study, Brittney Bills

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The Influence of an Early Childhood Endorsement Program on Early Childhood Leadership Competencies, Kanyon N. Chism

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Educators’ Experiences Implementing Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum in a Suburban Elementary School, Danielle N. Elsasser

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Educational Professionals’ Perceptions of their Role in Moving Toward Trauma-Sensitive Practices in Schools, Lisa M. Epp

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What Makes you so Good? Highly Effective General Education Teachers Serving Students with Special Education Needs, Paige Gill

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Elementary Teachers' Self Perceptions of Professional Quality of Life, Kelly Gomez

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Factors Influencing the Self-Efficacy of Novice School Librarians, Christine Haeffner

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Supporting Innovation, Honoring Stability, and Achieving Coherence While Implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior at the Middle Level, Chelsea S. Krebs

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Primary Teachers’ Decisions for Selecting Multicultural Classroom Read Alouds, Jennifer Lemke

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An Analysis of Science Teachers’ Perceptions of Graphical Literacy within the Context of the Secondary Science Classroom, Pete Marsh

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What Makes an Efficacious Elementary Principal? A Qualitative Study, Rebecca C. Meyers

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An Exploration of the Alignment of Actual and Desired Roles for School Psychologists, Tessa Petereit

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Teacher Leadership for Flexibility in Grading: an Exploration and Analysis of Grading Practices in One Urban High School, Ryan Pivonka

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Influences on the Implementation of Guidedplay Practices in Kindergarten: A Grounded Theory Study, Amy Schmidtke

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Implementation of a New Assessment System: a Look at Year Two of a Three Year Professional Development Plan, Janet A. Zahm

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Teacher Perceptions During the Candidacy Phase of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Nicole M. Beins

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Teacher Perceptions on Advisory Model at the Middle Level Through the Lens of Conflict and Connection, Emili L. Brosnan

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Implementing A Multi-Tiered Behavioral Framework System In Seven K-4 Element Aries, Brad J. Dahl

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The Effect of Caregiver Self-Efficacy on Health and Nutrition Outcomes in Young Children Enrolled in Head Start, Kristy Feden

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Elementary School Administrators’ Perspectives of Expanded School Mental Health Systems and Implications for Further Training, Melissa M. Petersen

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The Search for Coherence: an Exploration of Strategic Change in one Midwestern School District, Ashley Tomjack

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Summer Camp and Experiential Learning – A Qualitative Study Exploring the Perspectives of Selected Participants, Living in Poverty, While Attending a Sleep-Away Summer Camp in Northern Minnesota, Mary Hill Achelpohl

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Exploratory Study of a School-Based Refugee Mental Health Project, Anne Marie Boose

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A Multiple Case Study of Long-Term Success for At-Risk High School Students, Emily DuPree Christensen

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An Exploration of Teacher Perceptions of Mental Health Indicators within the Construct of School Connectedness, Stephanie Jean Drodge

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Family Engagement: Finding Parents’ Perspectives, Melissa Frans

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Agentic and Communal Confidence in Relationship to Transactional, Transformational, and Transformative Leadership Styles of Educational Administrators in Nebraska By Amy Catherine Hansen Rauch Himes, Amy Catherine Hansen Rauch Himes

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The Relationship Between Career and Technical Education Intensity and College and Career Readiness of High School Seniors, Kelly Means

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Nebraska Educator Perceptions on the Quality of Instructional Feedback in a Secondary Science Classroom, Megan Myers

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Perceptions of School District Curriculum Administrators Regarding K-12 Engineering Education, Derrick A. Nero

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The Nebraska Assessment and Accountability System from 1998 – 2017, Melanie L. Olson

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Preparing New Teachers to Engage Families in Early Childhood: Strengths and Areas of Growth in the Development of Early Childhood, Preservice Teachers, Jackie Proctor

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Exploring the Nature of Resources and Relationships in a Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Network, Tracie Evans Reding

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Creating and Sustaining Vision, Mission, and Culture in a Time of Significant Growth and Complexity, Teri Lynn Schrag

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A Phenomenological Approach: Perceptions of Teacher Evaluation and Future Implications of Practice, Elizabeth Tonniges

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Teacher Perceptions of Quality Student-Teacher Relationships, Cecilia Wilken

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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An Analysis of Empathy as Leadership Attributes and Action in Educational Administrators and Teacher Leaders, Jill K. Bruckner

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The Social Justice Role Of School Librarians, Stephanie A. Burdic

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Middle School Common Grading Expectations and Teacher Perceptions of Grading Pedagogy, Jennifer Carson

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Left to Chance: Gifted Students and Recreational Reading, Sara J. Churchill

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The Impact of a Professional Development Initiative on Technology Integration within Instruction, Angela M. Daigle

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The Development of Step up to Quality: What it Means for Families, Patricia A. Drewes-Hynek

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The Experiences of Female High School Students and Interest in STEM: Factors Leading to the Selection of an Engineering or Computer Science Major, Sharon K. Genoways

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Elementary Administrators’ Mathematics Supervision & Self-Efficacy Development, Kelly M. Gomez Johnson

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Local Implementation Effectiveness of a Multi-Tier System of Support in Elementary School Settings, Terry P. Houlton

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Empathy: Do Levels Vary by Years of Service, Age or Gender?, Josh Jessen

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The Influence of Language Choice in Acceptable Use Polices On Students’ Locus of Control, Stacy L. Lickteig

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A Comparative Analysis of 6th Grade Academic and Nonacademic Outcomes in two Different School Configurations, Anne M. MacFarland

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Elementary and Secondary Teachers’ Attitudes And Efficacy for Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom, Dawn L. Mathis

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The Delivery of Professional Developemnt in the Middle School: Exploring Optimal Settings, Times, and Participants, Carrie A. Mohr

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Factors that Influence the Reading Motivation of Fourth and Fifth Grade Students in a Midwest Urban Elementary School, Jo A. O'Garro

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Nebraska Collegiate Methods Professors’ Perceptions of the Next Generation Science Standards: A Semi-Structured Interview Approach, Ashley B. Rasmussen

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Factors that Influence Middle School Mathematics Teachers’ Willingness to Collaborate with School Librarians, Stephanie L. Schnabel

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Examining Teacher Experiences: A Qualitative Study on Inclusion in the Elementary Classroom, Jennifer L. Sinclair

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Instrucational Coaching: A Multiple Case Study Investigation of a Pre-Service Teacher’s Self Efficacy Through Supportive and Reflective Dialogue, Amanda Steiner

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Becoming Independent: Employer Practices that Enhance Success for Employees with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Stuart P. Stofferahn

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Elementary Teachers’ Grading Practices and Perceptions in Communicating Assessment of Students, Shannon A. Thoendel

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Comparing Formative and Summative Instruments: What Tools Inform Practice and Guide Teacher Candidate Decision Making?, Christina L. Wilcoxen

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Mutual Fund of the Minds: a Correlational Study on Education and the Economy at the State Level, Aaron Jay Bredenkamp

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After ALICE: The Implementation of an Active Shooter/School Intruder Training Program in K-12 Schools, Deborah Gleich-Bope

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At the Intersection of Gender and Race: A Qualitative Study of the Lived Experiences of African American Female Elementary Principals, Andrea M. Haynes

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The Relationship between Teachers’ Instructional Practices, Professional Development, and Student Achievement, Denise M. Hoge

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Predictability of Hiring Mechanisms for Elementary Teachers, Troy Juracek

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An Evaluation of a Support Program for First-Generation College Students, Aaron Krueger

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A Product Evaluation of the Selective Abandonment Process for School Budgeting, Christopher M. Loofe

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Rates of Poverty and Special Education Students Among Open Enrollment Students, Heather D. Nebesniak

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Equitable Student Engagement: a Correlation Between Personalized Learning, Student Engagement, and Poverty Level, Andrea Yeager Neuzil

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Contemplative Early Childhood Leadership, Mongkonrat Parks

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A Program Evaluation Using Stufflebeam’s CIPP Model to Evaluate Educational Service Unit 2 (Esu 2) Consortium for Special Education of Administration Services (Cases), Jodie L. Sams

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Investigating Educators’ Perceptions of STEM Integration: A Semi-Structured Interview Approach, Brian K. Sandall

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An Investigation of Education Leaders’ Perceptions of their Knowledge of Special Education Law, Kendra Schneider

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Traditional vs. Blended: the Effect of Instruction Methods on Sixth Grade Pre-Algebra Students’ Performance and Perceptions, Lynn Marie Spady

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District-Created Response to Intervention in High School Mathematics: a Program Evaluation Integrating Social Cognitive Theory, Elizabeth M. Wessling

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Omani English Language Learners’ Proficiency with Idioms, Khalid Almashikhi

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Impact of School-Based Mentoring, Joel Beyenhof

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The Packasso Project: A Case Study, Fairouz Bishara-Rantisi

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The Essence of Instructional Coaching with Elementary Teacher Candidates: Reflections of Practice, Abigail J. Burke

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A Program Evaluation of a Summer Program Designed to Reduce Summer Learning Loss, Kara L. Hutton

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Leading Cultural Change to Impact Workplace Satisfaction of Teachers with a Focus on Teacher Career Cycle, Scott H. Ingwerson

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Self-Efficacy Perceptions of Novice and Career Teachers in Instructional Strategies, Student Engagement, and Classroom Management, Jeffrey S. Kerns

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School Librarian Candidates’ Diversity Dispositions: Examining the Impact of Cultural Proficiency Instruction, Bridget I. Kratt

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THE DIFFERENCE A COACH CAN MAKE: Supporting New Teachers in the Classroom, Mary Beth Kueny-Runge

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Reading and Math Outcomes of Randomly Selected Majority Culture Students Participating in an Elective, Parent Choice, Full Academic Content Area Spanish Immersion Program, Matt K. Rega

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Teachers’ Perceptions of Student Attendance of a Newly Implemented Tardy Policy, Tyree Dawn Sejkora

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Correlation Between Teacher Mindset and Perceptions Regarding Coaching, Feedback, And Improved Instructional Practice, Beth K. Stenzel

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Investigation of Mentoring for Instructional Leadership within an Educational Consortium, Scott A. Sturgeon

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Measuring the Effects of Guided Reading on NeSA-R Student Cohort Scale Scores, Todd E. Tripple

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The Effect of Teacher-Child Interactions on Child Outcomes, Jean R. Ubbelohde

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Evaluating a 1:1 Computer Program in a Secondary School, Andrew R. Walters

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Educator Mindset: Perceptions of Economic Inequality and Awareness of Poverty on Student Potential, Cindy B. Copich

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Reading and Math Outcome Equity of Students, by Language, Ethnicity, and Gender Conditions, Required to Participate in an Attendance Court Program Based on Excessive School Absences, Kenneth E. DeFrank

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The Effect of Public School Preschool, Private School Preschool, and No Preschool Attendance on Kindergarten Students’ Academic Achievement as Measured by Fall, Winter, and Spring MAP Scores, Matthew w. Fenster

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Achievement Outcomes of Sixth-Grade Students With a Military Parent Deployed to a War Zone or a Military Parent Not Deployed Compared to Same School Students Whose Parents Have No Military Affiliation, Robert L. Ingram III

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Sustained Effects of Intensive Reading Intervention: Can Intensive Intervention Gains Made in Primary Grades Be Maintained Through the End of Elementary School?, Jolene J. Johnson

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The Impact of the Gradual Release of Responsibility on Graduate Teacher Education Candidates’ Self-Efficacy with iPads, Wendy L. Loewenstein

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The Effects of a Language Arts Academic Pullout Program for Middle School “Academic Bubble” Students, Carrie L. Rath