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Independent Studies from 2019

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Reading Emotions: Designing Digital Tools to Strengthen the “Social Brain” of Young Children with Autism, Kirsten M. Benjamin

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A Reason to Read: Discovering a Purpose for Books Through Play, Sara Russell Dewey

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Elements at Play: Influences of Gender on Play in Single-Sex Settings, Elizabeth "Lily" Geiger

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Designing Sport Specific Physical Fitness Programs for Students with Developmental Variations, Brian Levine

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Supporting Therapy in the Classroom : Strategies for Occupational, Speech/Language, and Physical Therapy, Laure Elise Recoder

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Learner-Centered Nature Walks, Heather van der Grinten

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How To : An Original Picture Book for Children, Morgan Wright

Independent Studies from 2018

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Sharing our Stories: A Personal Narrative Literacy Curriculum for Grades 3-5, Casey Adler

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Lucy Takes the Stage: A Story for Children with Anxiety, Rachel Beckman

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Breaking Burnout: How daily mindfulness can break the cycle of clinician burnout and restore passion within the pediatric treatment environment., Gretchen Blackmer

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L’dor vador: Storytelling for the holiday cycle in a Jewish early childhood setting, Krista Bogetich

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Under the Umbrella: Redefining the Spectrum of Autism, Samantha Cartolano

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Pizza Bagel Sundays, Kate D'Auria

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Making Room for Bilingual Education: A Mexican-American Study, Julie Donnadieu

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A New Approach to Mindfulness with Teachers, Melanie Flaxer

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Boundary Crossing: An Examination of the Cooperative Efforts Between a School and Museum, Katie Goldman

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And Then They Talked Back and Took Over: One Teacher’s Journey Towards Creating a Meaningful Read Aloud Practice, Alix Greenberger

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Critical Pedagogy in Practice: Reflections of a K-5 Educator, Kelly Gresalfi

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Teens in Queens: Engaging Teens Living in Queens, New York through Museum Partnerships, Emily Gross

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Using Theater to Promote the Development of Literacy and Reading Comprehension, Alexandra B. Harrington

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Scaffolding Resilience: Child Life Work with Immigrant and Refugee Children in the Hospital Setting, Elise Hebel

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Integrating a Farm Study into a Mixed Age Classroom, Rachel Kanegis

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Towards the Creation of The Civil Rights Museum of New York City, Taylor Koczot

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Intersectional Identities: LGBTQIA+ and Disability in Adolescents, Sarah Konowitz

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Teaching Juan Rodriguez: Enacting Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in Elementary Social Studies, Natalie Kuhl

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Cowboy City: An Original Children’s Book, Erica Lynch

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A Study of Diversity and Social Capital in the Field of Child Life, Madalyn L. Marshall

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Life After the Civil War: A Fifth-Sixth Grade Curriculum to Address Post-Emancipation Discrimination as a Way to Provide Background for Lingering Inequality, Debbie Nehmad

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Writing History: A Teacher’s Guide to the History of Language Technology and Museum Practice, Sonya Ochshorn

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Childhood Anxiety, Julia Post

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Facilitating a Block Program in Kindergarten and First Grade: A Manual for Kindergarten and First Grade Teachers, Hannah Rau

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A Case for Child Life Specialists to be Trauma-Informed, Kathleen Romano

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A Case for the Inclusion of Graphic Novels in the Classroom, Brittany Rosenberg

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Implementation of an Online Adolescent Oncology Support Group, Jennifer Rupp

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The Meal Gap: A Food Activist Curriculum, Kameshia L. Shepherd

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Process & Research of Dyslexia? A Book on the Demystification of Dyslexia for Students with Dyslexia, Anna Slavin

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From Page to Place: Wordless Picture Books and Field Trips for a 21st Century Curriculum, Margaret Stein

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“Are staff bias’ affecting the way pediatric patients develop and cope within the hospital setting?”, Mary Lauren Upchurch

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Indigo Was Our Class Pet: An Exploration of Death in Children’s Literature, Nella Williams

Independent Studies from 2017

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An Unconventional Once Upon A Time: A need for a children's book describing the challenges of a deployed spouse, Rachel Adams

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"See, Two Yellows Make a Rectangle!": Constructing Meaningful, Emergent Learning Moments in a Structured Special Education Program, Lucy Bayer

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A Study of Story Stones in Informal Learning Environments, Nina Berch

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"Brace yourself": Motor disabilities in children's literature, Jillian Bober

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Writing in Journals as a Tool for Expressing Ourselves: A 6-8 Week Long Writing Curriculum for a 3rd/4th Grade, Self-Contained, Special Education Classroom., Christine Carosotto

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Cook to learn: A Food-Focused Curriculum for Grades 3-5, Ryan R. Cherecwich

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Bringing families In: An Examination of Family Programs at the Museum of Chinese in America and Other Cultural and Historical Museums in New York City, Dianne Choie

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Cultivating an Inclusive Mindset in your Jewish Community: Turning Good Intentions into Tangible Outcomes, Tali Cohen

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A Best Practice Guide for Teaching Artists: The Planning and Implementation of Arts-Integrated Partnerships with Classroom Teachers, Lauren Patricia Ehrhart

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Voicing Diversity: Creating Space to Listen in the Healthcare System, Margaret Foster

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Children’s Rights: Why the United States Should Ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Alexandra Gardiner

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Urban Gardening Grows Relationships: The importance of urban gardening to the self and the earth, Ashley King

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Play as a Social Justice Issue in Early Childhood Education, Britt Kroll

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Art Power!: Exploring the Black Arts Movement, Imani Parkinson

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The examination, analysis, and implications of educational research studies conducted on Orton-Gillingham, Katharine Potter

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Integrating English and Social Studies through the Lens of Tokugawa Japan: An 8 Week Curriculum for Sixth Grade, Mollie Sandberg

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Lessons Learned from Authors of Picture Book Biographies of Activists and the Original Biographies They Inspired, Jay Saper

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The sky's the limit: an interdisciplinary curriculum on sustainable architecture within urban communities, Sierra Van Ryck deGroot

Independent Studies from 2016

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The voiding cystourethrogram: minimizing patient and parent distress in an invasive radiologic procedure, Meghan Amorosa

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Touch screen technology in the first three years, Sara Baumgarten

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Jobs in our school, jobs in community : an emergent second grade study of work, justice and interdependence, Chris Black

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My Backpack : a children's book about separation, Susan B. Bloch

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Adolescents with sensory processing disorder in middle school settings : a guidebook for learning support coordinators, Jenna Borden

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From Silence to Collaboration: Supporting Children with Incarcerated Parents in the Classroom, Lily Cavanagh

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Sensory Processing Handbook for Early Childhood Educators, Kristina De Michael

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Anti-bias pedagogy and the progressive legacy, Chiara Di Lello

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Teening the museum : an adaptable teen program for art and history museums, Julia Doak Fields

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Providing pediatric patients with a voice : understanding how children want to live before they die, Nina Friedman

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Utilizing American Sign Language in the Early Childhood Setting, Samantha Hakim

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Bayou: An Original Book for Children, Taylor Hodges

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History Through Literature: The American Revolution in New York City 1775-1777, Brittany Lester

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Separate but not equal: Questioning la separacion de idiomas of dual language instruction, Tess Leverenz

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Outside Classroom: Unstructured Outdoor Play in Early Childhood Education, Valerie Lockhart

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Using Wordless Picture Books with the Language Experience Approach: A Method for Teaching Pre-emergent and At-Risk Readers, Rachel Luczkowski

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Exploring Undocumented Immigration from Central America Through Art and Activism: A Fourth Grade Social Studies Curriculum, Carmen Romero

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Learning With Street Trees, Sigrun Wolff Saphire

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Teaching Self-Advocacy for Students with Developmental Variations in Primary Grades, Sarah E. Sloane

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Frames: A Children's Bibliotherapeutic Tool for Opening Conversations About Divorce, Casey Spellman

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Nekkid: Examining Disability, identity, and Clothing in Adolescence, Megan Vaughn

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Compassionate Discipline: A Study of Research and Practice, Julie Wasserman

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The Museum of Small Things: Original Poems and Rationale, Domonique Williams

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A culturally sensitive support group for Chinese families : redesigning the Bright Beginnings curriculum, Jenny Wong

Independent Studies from 2015

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Testing the Global Ratings of Environments [GROE] in South Africa, Melissa Aives

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Learning in green spaces : a 1st and 2nd grade curriculum on the High Line, Alyssa Anker

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Romps, riots, and revels in the land of make-believe : imaginative play as a prerequisite for social and emotional development in early childhood through adolescence, Shoshana Balk

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When Bunks Become Closets and How to Open Them: Making Room for Queer and Trans Safe Space in Residential Summer Camps, Andrew Belinfante

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A study of the evolution of mindfulness practice in an early childhood classroom, Katherine Berninger

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A closer look at the relationship between socioeconomic status and childcare, Dawn Campbell

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Cross-cultural bridges : closing the gaps in direct services with immigrant and diverse populations, Lucy Chen

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Actors as Teachers: The Art of Storytelling, Catherine Corbett

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Towards a constructivist grammar curriculum for the United States, Tyler Jennings Crafts

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The sun is yellow, the bird is black : fostering a progressive pedagogy in rural Rwanda, Stephanie L. Davis

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Reflecting Together on Race, Privilege, and Teaching: Why Bank Street Needs Stronger Commitment to Teacher Education in Social Justice, Guiliana de Grazia and Molly Raik

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The gendered image : an art and literature based curriculum for high school audiences, Emily Erwin-McGuire

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Engaging readers, engaging families : how can current research and thinking about reading engagement and motivation translate to the family context?, Erin Gordon

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Sounds and symbols : the relationship between auditory processing and reading, Jacqueline Kohos

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Mindfulness and children, Edna Moy-Rome

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Improving pre-service teachers' preparation to integrate music and movement in early childhood classrooms, Elaine Myrianthopoulos

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An exploration into the gender-based achievement gap in literacy: deficiency, difference, and teacher, researcher and measurement bias, Theresa Orlandi

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Child life story circuit : a resource for child life specialists on therapeutic play for adolescents through narrative, Melissa Pigden

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The Apple Trees School : adapting the developmental-interaction approach in South Korea, Jeffrey B. Rogers