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UC Students Attend Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children Conference


Storey and Henry present their work at the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

Williamsburg, Ky. – Recently the University of the Cumberlands (UC) had four teacher education candidates in the fields of Special Education and Education present their work at the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) conference. The conference was held in Louisville, KY on Monday, November 21 through Tuesday, November 22. The four participating students included Hollie Byrum (Franklin, OH), Enock François (Lake Park, FL), Leigh Ann Henry (Sunbright, TN), and Dana Storey (Robbins, TN).

Byrum presented her work on Choral Responding, a research-based strategy she uses in her student teaching placement. She created a video and presented to a packed room where she artfully demonstrated a simple but reliable research-based strategy that works for students in inclusive classrooms providing everyone with an opportunity to answer the question every time. Hollie was the first undergraduate student chosen from UC to participate in the event because she was willing and eager to stretch her wings. She’ll be attending The Ohio State University for graduate school.

"I am so appreciative and thankful for having this professional opportunity allowing me to step outside my comfort zone and have an experience that has provided me with new knowledge, memories, and most of all the confidence I have difficulty instilling in myself," said Byrum.

Francois presented his research in a poster presentation. He revised a Reinforcer survey that was an assignment for one of his education courses. In his role as assistant coach for wrestling at UC he wanted to investigate, “What would they do for a Klondike bar?” (In a wrestling context). The achieved results from his findings surprised Enock and with that information he has developed a more individualized coaching strategy.

“Attending and being a part of the KY CEC conference was a great experience and I enjoyed every aspect of being able to share my thoughts and Ideas with other professionals. The positive feedback I received from them was second to none,” exclaimed Enock.

Henry and Storey took two research classes with Dr. Woolsey and Dr. Bynoe, education professors at UC. They investigated the effects of a volunteer after-school math tutoring program on the Tennessee math test. Their results were significant and the program, which was scheduled to be cancelled, was revived upon review of their data.

"This year the school district cancelled the after-school math tutoring program,” explained Dana and Leigh Ann. “Through the data we collected and analyzed in Dr. Woolsey's and Dr. Bynoe's class, it convinced the administrators and the school board that we had a program that increased the scores on the standardized math test. Our students are the beneficiaries!"

Every year Dr. Woolsey provides students in all her classes with the opportunity to present data or research based strategies with her at the conference. These students took her up on the offer and were able to provide great presentations and improve not only their strategies and attitudes about education but also many school administrators, in turn, helping out the future generations.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.