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Directors


 


Dr. Jane Manner

Dr. Jane Carol Manner, Ed.D. is an associate professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Manner received an A.B. in Art History from Vassar College, an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg State University, an Ed.S. in Early Childhood Education from Barry University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Florida International University. She has taught at many levels from Pre-K to graduate programs in Teacher Education. She has written extensively on the subject of online course development and delivery,with special attention to the needs of non-traditional students and teachers of English Language Learners. Dr. Manner's primary research areas are student satisfaction with online courses related to personal feedback, social interaction, extension policies, and appropriate support for non-traditional students in online education. She has presented her work at numerous professional events, including the Association for Teacher Educators (ATE), the Southeastern Regional Association for Teacher Educators (SRATE), the Society for Applied Learning Technology (SALT), and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE). Dr. Manner is a member of the Teacher Educator Standards Cohort (TESC), the Leadership Academy of the Association of Teacher Educators, and serves as a reviewer for the SRATE Journal and SITE. She is the immediate past president of the Florida Council on Elementary Education and is the recipient of the Mary L. Collins Award for Excellence in Teacher Education (2004).

E-mail address: mannerj@ecu.edu

Selected Publications:

Rodriguez, D., Manner, J., & Shannon, D. (2010). Evolution of teacher insights regarding effective instruction for English language learners. Journal of Hispanic Education, 9 (2) 130-144.

Rodriguez, D. & Manner, J. (2010). Professional Development in Eastern North Carolina. AccELLerate!, 2 (3) 13-14.

Proceedings:

Manner, J. & Rodriguez, D. (2008). Rural Resource: Bringing Professional Development in ESL to Teachers at a Distance. Proceedings of the e-Learn Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manner, J. & Rodriguez, D. (2008). Assessing the Need: Preservice Teachers Reflect on Readiness to Teach English Language Learners. Proceedings of The Hawaii 6th International Conference on Education 1521-1532. ISSN: 1541-5880.

Project ECU LEAP - Leading Exceptional Annual Progress

Degrees:

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Higher Education. Florida International University.

Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) Early Childhood Education. Barry University.

Master's Degree in Education (M.Ed.) Elementary Education. East Stroudsburg State University.

Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) Art History. Vassar College.

Areas of Interest:

  • Student Satisfaction with Online Courses
  • Curriculum Integration and Mapping
  • Family Involvement in Education

 

Dr. Diane Rodriguez

Dr. Diane Rodriguez, Ph.D. is an associate professor at East Carolina University in the Special Education Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Rodriguez has received numerous grants from the U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services and the Office of English Language Acquisition. Her publications include: Brief Research to Practice: Improving mathematics outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse learners with disabilities in Linking Academic Scholars to Educational Resources; Linking multiple intelligence into the TESOL curriculum through technology in the Sunshine TESOL Journal; and Fourth grade culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional students' concepts of number line in Exceptional Children. Dr. Rodriguez has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences on special education and bilingual education. She continues her work to provide training in special education to international audiences through the Kennedy Foundation. Dr. Rodriguez is currently researching Project LEAP scholars' engagement in their learning environment and applied the relevant strategies to reduce the achievement gap between ELL and native English speaking students. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez is researching Sensitivity to Causal Connections in Realistic vs. Fictitious Stories by Children with and without Autism.

E-mail address: rodriguezd@ecu.edu

Selected Publications:

Rodriguez, D., Manner, J., & Shannon, D. (2010). Evolution of teacher insights regarding effective instruction for English language learners. Journal of Hispanic Education, 9 (2) 130-144.

Rodriguez, D. & Manner, J. (2010). Professional Development in Eastern North Carolina. AccELLerate!, 2 (3) 13-14.

Rodriguez, D. & Gaitan, R., & Luterbach, K. (2008). Understanding the Complexities of Special Education in Guatemala. Journal of International Special Needs Education, 11, 31-38.

Rodriguez, D. (2008). Preparing Latina teachers for special education programs. Essential Teacher, 5 (2) 28-30.

Rodriguez, D., Smith-Canter, L. & Voytecki, K. (2007). Freedom from social isolation for young students with disabilities. Childhood Education, 83 (5) 316-320.

Smith-Canter, L., Voytecki, K., & Rodriguez, D. (2007). Increasing online interaction in rural special education teacher preparation programs. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 26 (1) 23-27.

Book Chapters:

Rodriguez, D. (2009). Multiple Voices: Applying the Standards Across Disciplines: Diversity Perspectives. In Standards for Teacher Educators: Establishing a vision for the profession. Robin McBee, Sandra O'Dell, & Bob Houston (Editors). Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Company.

Rodriguez, D. (2008). Multicultural Education in Higher Education. In The War against the profession: The impact of politics and economics on the idea of the university. (pp 181-189). Judith Slater, David Callejo, & Stephen Fain (Editors). Sense Publishers B.V.

Proceedings:

Manner, J. & Rodriguez, D. (2008). Rural Resource: Bringing Professional Development in ESL to Teachers at a Distance. Proceedings of the e-Learn Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Las Vegas, Nevada.

Rodriguez, D. (2008). Bilingual special education teachers' experiences in teacher education program. Proceedings of the International Special Education Forum. Lima, Peru.

Manner, J. & Rodriguez, D. (2008). Assessing the Need: Preserve Teachers Reflect on Readiness to Teach English Language Learners. Proceedings of The Hawaii 6th International Conference on Education 1521-1532. ISSN: 1541-5880.

Federal Funded Project

Project ECU LEAP - Leading Exceptional Annual Progress

Degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.) Language, Learning, and Literacy. Fordham University.

Post-Doctoral in Exceptional Student Education. Center for Minority in Research in Special Education. University of Virginia.

Master's Degree in Education (M.Ed.) Bilingual Special Education. Ford University.

Bachelor's of Language Arts (B.A.) English as a Second Language. Universidad InterAmericana de Puerto Rico.

Areas of Interest:

  • Bilingual Special Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Second Language Acquisition Processes
  • Mathematics Instruction
  • Teacher Preparation with a focus on Multiculturalism