College of Education and Health Professions

Jennifer Beasley, Assistant Professor of Childhood Education

Jennifer Beasley

Assistant Professor of Childhood Education
Curriculum and Instruction

122 Peabody Hall
Phone: 479-575-6195
FAX: 479-575-6676
jgbeasle@uark.edu

Degrees:

  • Ed.D., University of Virginia, Gifted Education, 2009
  • Gifted Endorsement, Emporia State University, 2001
  • M.Ed., Wichita State University, Administration and Supervision, 1990
  • B.A., Kansas State University, Elementary Education, 1987

Teaching Areas:

Curriculum

Differentiating Instruction

Literacy Assessment

Theories of Teaching and Learning

Research Interests:

Gifted and Talented Education

Preservice Education

Teacher Efficacy

Professional Development

Professional Biography:

  • Sweet Briar College, instructor, student teaching supervisor, spring 2009
  • University of Virginia, graduate teaching assistant, research assistant, 2004-2008
  • Morse Elementary School, Overland Park, Kan., gifted facilitator, K-5, 1998-2004
  • Woodsonia Elementary School, Overland Park, Kan., gifted facilitator, K-5,1997-1998
  • Woodsonia Elementary School, third-grade teacher, 1995-1997
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Provost, Alberta, Fulbright Teacher Exchange, Grade One, 1994-1995
  • Woodsonia Elementary School, first-grade teacher, 1991-1994
  • Minneha Elementary School, Wichita, Kan., fifth-grade teacher, 1990-1991
  • Minneha Elementary School, first-grade teacher, 1987-1990

Other professional experience:

  • Web Designer and Programmer for http://www.differentiationcentral.com/ , Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia. August 2008-present
  • Conference Planner, Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia.  June 2007-August 2008
  • Quarterly Column Contributor, Teaching for High Potential, “The Curriculum Connection,” National Association for Gifted Children, 2007-Present.
  • Newsletter Co-Editor, Curriculum Studies Division, National Association for Gifted Children, 2005-2008
  • Graduate Research Assistant, National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Virginia, 2004-2008
  • Language Arts Division, Copywriter, McDougall-Little, Evanston, Il, June 2006.
  • Web Design and Research, National Association for Gifted Children, Washington, D.C., May 2006.

Memberships:

  • American Educational Research Association
  • Association for Curriculum and Supervision Development
  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • Virginia Association for the Gifted
  • National Staff Development Council

Academic Interests and Accomplishments:

  • Jessie C. Carpenter Endowed Fund recipient, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2009
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student nominee, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2007
  • National Association for Gifted Children Curriculum Studies Award, 2005
  • Teacher of the Year nominee, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kan., 2002
  • Fulbright Teacher Exchange, recipient, 1993-1994, Alberta, Canada

Publications/Presentations:

Publications

Beasley, J. G. (2012, Fall).  Social and emotional needs:  Is there a curriculum connection? Teaching for High Potential.

Beasley, J. G. & Tomlinson, C.A. (2012, Spring).  Differentiated Instruction:  Creating an Environment that Supports Learning.  Online Course.  Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development:  Alexandria, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, Spring).  Creating a community of learners: The foundation for high quality curriculum.  Teaching for High Potential.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, Winter).  Common core state standards:  A good fit for gifted education?  Teaching for High Potential.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, Winter).  Curriculum planning for low-income learners: An interview with Dr. Tamra Stambaugh.  Teaching for High Potential, 24.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, Spring).  Mapping the way for mindset.  Teaching for High Potential, 25.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, Summer).  A summer assignment.  Teaching for High Potential, 25.

 

Beasley, J. G. (2011).  Preserving Our Identity: Learning About the History of Our State.

In M. B. Imbeau (Ed.). Parallel Curriculum Units for Grades K-5. Corwin Press.

 

Beasley, J. G. (2010, Fall).  Curriculum for diverse learners.  Teaching for High Potential, 23.

 

Beasley, J. G. (2009, Winter).  Don’t know much about biology… Teaching for High

Potential, 20.

 

Beasley, J. G. (2009, Fall).  The myth of gifted curriculum:  Rethinking Bloom’s Taxonomy.  Teaching for High Potential, 19.

 

Beasley, J. G. (2009).  Communities of Practice: Extending professional development in differentiation beyond an educational conference.  Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Beasley, J. G.  (2008, Fall). Field trips: Do we have permission to go? Teaching For High Potential, 17.

Beasley, J. G. (2008, Spring). Knowing is a process, not a product. Teaching For High Potential, 16.

Tomlinson, C. A., & Beasley, J. G. (2008). Middle school enrichment. In B. Kerr, ed. Encyclopedia of Giftedness, Creativity and Talent.  Newbury Park, CA:  SAGE Publications.

Beasley, J. G. (2008, Winter). Preassessing prior knowledge: Mind the gap! Teaching For High Potential, 10.

Beasley, J. G. (2007, Fall). Online curriculum: Just point and click? Teaching For High Potential, 15.

Beasley, J. G. (2007, Spring). The curriculum connection. Teaching For High Potential, 12.

Presentations

Beasley, J. G. (2012, October). Teacher Efficacy in Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners:  How Do Cross-Institutional and Cross-University Partnerships Support Teachers?  Southeastern Regional Association for Teacher Educators Conference, Little Rock, AR.

Beasley, J.G. & Imbeau, M. B. (2012, October).  Action Research:  A Look at the Consequences of Pre-Service Teachers’ Practice.  Southeastern Regional Association for Teacher Educators Conference, Little Rock, AR.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, November).  Mapping Mindsets:  Using Dweck’s Work to Reinforce Effort and Reflection in the Classroom.  National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Beasley, J. G. & Housand, B. (2012, September).  Revive, Refresh, and Renew:  New Ideas and Resources for the New Year.  National Association for Gifted Children “Webinars on Wednesday,” Online Presentation.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, July). Good to Great: Why Some Teachers Make the Leap…And Others Dont.  Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, July). Assessment and Technology:  Are They the Right Fit?  Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, July). Common Core Standards and Differentiation.  Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, July). Using the Tools of Technology to Meet the Needs of All Learners.  Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, July). Building Scaffolds: Responsible Teaching for Diversity.  Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, March).  Differentiation: Moving Away from One Size Fits All.  Education Week Webinar, Online Presentation.

Beasley, J. G. (2012, January).  Mapping Mindsets:  Using Dweck’s Work to Reinforce Effort and Reflection in the Classroom.  Gifted Students Institute.  Southern Methodist University.  Dallas, TX.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, November).  The Parallel of Practice:  Designing Real World Learning Opportunities to Enhance 21st Century Skills. National Association for Gifted Children Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, June).  Establishing Classroom Routines to Support a Differentiated Classroom.  Institute on Academic Diversity for School Improvement.  Waco, TX.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, June).  New Tools of the Trade:  Integrating Technology into the Differentiated Classroom.  Institute on Academic Diversity for School Improvement.  Waco, TX.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, June).  Getting to Know Our Students:  Collecting and Managing Classroom Information.  Institute on Academic Diversity for School Improvement.  Waco, TX.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, June).  A Walk Through a Differentiated Lesson.  Institute on Academic Diversity for School Improvement.  Waco, TX.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, February).  Technology Resources to Support Literacy.  Northwest Arkansas Reading Council Sweet Saturday Conference, Fayetteville, AR.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, July). Becoming Media Savvy: Using the Tools of Technology to Enhance 21st Century Learning.  Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, July). A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:  Using Picture Books and Graphic Novels to Differentiate Literature.  Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, July). KUD/Clear Learning Goals to Support Differentiation.  Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, July). Using WebQuests in a Differentiated Classroom.  Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2011, November).  The Parallel of Practice:  Designing Real World Learning Opportunities to Enhance 21st Century Skills.  National Association for Gifted Children, New Orleans, LA.

Beasley, J. G. (2010, November).  Building Scaffolds and Bridges:  Responsible Teaching for Diversity.  National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, GA.

Beasley, J. G. & Capper, M. R. (2010, November).  Mapping Mindsets:  Using Dweck’s Work to Reinforce Effort and Reflection in the Middle Grades.  National Association for Gifted Children, Atlanta, GA.

Beasley, J. G. (2010, March). Becoming Media Savvy: Using the Tools of Technology to Enhance 21st Century Learning.  Best Practices Institute, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2010, March). A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words:  Using Picture Books and Graphic Novels to Differentiate Literature.  Best Practices Institute, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G. (2010, March). The Parallel of Practice: Designing Real World Learning Opportunities to Enhance 21st Century Skills. Best Practices, Institute, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G., & Imbeau, M. (2010, February). The Parallel Curriculum Model: A Look at Unit Examples. Arkansas Gifted and Talented State Conference, Little Rock, AR.

Beasley, J. G. (2010, February).  Tools of the Trade: Technology to Support Differentiation.  Arkansas Gifted and Talented State Conference, Little Rock, AR.

Beasley, J. G. (2009, November).  Cashing in on Technology.  Arkansas Reading Conference, Little Rock, AR.

Beasley, J. G. (2009, November). Gifted 101.  KIPP Content Conference, Newark, NJ.

Beasley, J. G. (2009, November). RTI and Differentiation:  Are Connections Possible? KIPP Content Conference, Newark, NJ.

Beasley, J. G. (2009, November). Building Scaffolds: Responsible Teaching for Diversity.  KIPP Content Conference, Newark, NJ.

Beasley, J. G. (2009, November).  Using the Tools of Technology to Extend Professional Development for Teachers. National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Beasley, J. G., and Leppien, J. (2009, November).  The Parallel Curriculum Model:  A Look at Unit Examples. National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Beasley, J. G. (2009, August).  Gifted 101.  KIPP School Summit, Orlando, FL.

Beasley, J. G. (2009, August).  Using Technology in a Differentiated Classroom.  KIPP School Summit, Orlando, FL.

Beasley, J. G. (2009, June). Establishing Classroom Routines that Support the Differentiated Classroom. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Summer Differentiation Conference, Houston, TX.

Beasley, J. G. (2008, November). Technology to Support Differentiation. National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

Beasley, J. G. (2008, November). The Parallel of Practice: Designing Authentic Real World Learning Opportunities. National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

Beasley, J. G. (2008, June). First Day, First Month, First Year With a Differentiation Initiative. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Summer Differentiation Conference, Nashville, TN.

Beasley, J. G. (2008, June). Using Formative Assessment to Target Instruction. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Summer Differentiation Conference, Nashville, TN.

Beasley, J. G. (2008, June). Establishing Classroom Routines that Support the Differentiated Classroom. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Summer Differentiation Conference, Nashville, TN.

Beasley, J. G., Germundson, A., Murphy, M., & Jarvis, J. (2007, November). Getting Started with the Parallel Curriculum Model. National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Beasley, J. G., Germundson, A., Murphy, M., & Jarvis, J. (2007, November). PCM in the Middle Grades: Going Deeper with the Parallels. National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Beasley, J. G., & Jarvis, J. (2007, August). The Parallel Curriculum Model in Practice: Designing Opportunities to Challenge Gifted Learners. World Conference on the Gifted, Warwick, England.

Beasley, J. G. (2007, June).  Designing a Differentiated Lesson. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Summer Differentiation Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Beasley, J. G. (2007, June).  Differentiating for Student Affect. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Summer Differentiation Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Beasley, J. G. (2007, June). Differentiation in the Long Haul. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Summer Differentiation Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Beasley, J. G., & Carbaugh, E. (2006, November). Manifestations of Talent: Examples of Gifted African Americans Portrayed in Art. National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Beasley, J. G. (2006, October). Differentiated Instruction: Challenge and Support for Every Learner. Kentucky Education Association State Conference, Louisville, KY.

Beasley, J. G. (2006, March). Good to Great: Why Some Make the Leap and Others Don’t. Best Practices Institute, Charlottesville, VA.

Beasley, J. G., Schroth, S., Bramlett, A., & Hench, E. (2005, November). Removing the Ceiling:  Adapting Basals for Gifted Learners. National Association for Gifted Children Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Beasley, J. G., & Doubet, K. J. (2005, October) Differentiating Single Novel Studies in the Heterogeneous Middle School Classroom. Virginia Association for the Gifted Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Beasley, J.G., Schroth, S., Bramlett, A., & Hench, E. (2005, October). Removing the Ceiling: Adapting Basals for Gifted Learners. Virginia Association for the Gifted Annual Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Beasley, J.G. (2005, July). Literature Circles in the Primary Classroom. University of Virginia’s Summer Institute on Academic Diversity, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Beasley, J.G. (2005, April). Building a Classroom That Thinks Inside Out. Northern Virginia Council for Gifted/Talented Education Conference, Falls Church, Virginia.

Beasley, J.G. (1996, March). Adventures in Writing:  Designing Writing Activities for Elementary School Classrooms. Kansas Writing Teachers Association Conference, Overland Park, KS.