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Karen Schmalz

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Karen SchmalzOffice Phone: 724-847-6125
kschmalz@geneva.edu

Disciplines/Field of Instruction

  • Special Education

Degrees Received

  • Ed.D. Educational Psychology, 2005, Regent University
  • M.A. Education in Special Education, 1984, Shippensburg University
  • B.S. Elementary Education, 1979, Geneva College

Presentations

  • Writing Quality IEPs, McGuire Memorial School, August 2013
  • Teaching Students to Manage their own Behavior, PAMLE Western Region Professional Development Institute, January 2013
  • Grasping the Meaning of Reading: Research-Based Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers, PACEC Annual Conference, Co-Presenter with Elizabeth Belcastro and Geneva College Interns, November, 2010
  • Self-Determination: Why? And How? PFCEC Annual Conference, November 2006
  • Behavior Management Action Research, PFCEC Annual Conference, November 2006
  • Self-Determination Skills for EBD – Best Practice? TECBD (Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders), November 2004
  • Action Research: Increasing Teacher Effectiveness, PFCEC Annual Conference, November 2004
  • Battling the PSSAs (And Still Maintaining Your Sanity), PFCEC Annual Conference, November 2004
  • Show Me the Money: Tips for Writing Effective Grants, PFCEC Annual Conference, November 2003
  • Practical and Proactive Approaches to Reading Assessment and Instruction, PFCEC Annual Conference, November 2003

Courses Taught

  • EDU 214 - Initial Field Experience – Special Education
  • EDU 217 - Level 1 Initial Field Experience: Observation
  • EDU 219 - Level 2 Initial Field Experience: Exploration
  • EDU 370 - Exceptionality in the Elementary Classroom
  • EDU 375 - Exceptionality in the Secondary Classroom
  • EDU 473 - Behavioral Skill Intervention for Exceptional Children
  • EDU 475 - The Role and Function of the Special Education Teacher
  • EDU 572 - Academic Skill Intervention for Exceptional Children
  • EDU 573 - Behavioral Skill Intervention for Exceptional Children
  • EDU 575 - The Role and Function of the Special Education Teacher
  • EDU 591 - Grantwriting for Educators
  • EDU 592 - Special Education Practicum

Current Projects

  • During my sabbatical semester Spring ‘15, I began research on special education practices in the countries in the Top 10 for general education. I traveled to numerous countries during the semester but hope to continue my research even though the sabbatical is complete.

Affiliations, e.g., membership in professional organizations, etc.

  • PA Association of Colleges & Teacher Educators (PACTE)

Miscellaneous

  • I enjoy pottery, reading, and travel as well as spending time with family and friends.