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Jennifer G. Beasley

Jennifer G. Beasley

Director of Teacher Education

Assistant Professor of Childhood Education

College of Education and Health Professions

(BCSS)-Boyer Center For Student Service

Phone: 479-575-6195

Fax: (479) 575-6676

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Jennifer Beasley has more than 25 years of experience in education as an elementary school teacher, gifted facilitator, and university professor. After receiving an M.A. in Education Administration and Gifted Education, Jennifer completed her doctoral work in Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia. She is currently the Director of Teacher Education at the University of Arkansas and works preparing preservice teachers for today’s classrooms.  She received 2012 College of Education and Health Professions Innovative Teaching Award for her work at the University of Arkansas.

Other professional contributions include writing several articles for educational publications as well as serving on the editorial board for the National Association for Gifted Children’s publication Teaching for High Potential.  In addition to providing workshops and training both nationally and internationally in differentiating instruction, Beasley has also facilitated ASCD Professional Development Institutes across the United States focusing on Understanding by Design, Differentiation, and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Math and English Language/Literacy.  

  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Preservice Education
  • Teacher Efficacy
  • Professional Development
  • Curriculum
  • Differentiating Instruction
  • Literacy Assessment
  • Theories of Teaching and Learning

CIED 1013 Introduction to Education

CIED 5022 Classroom Management

CIED 5073 Action Research

CIED 5173 Literacy Assessment

CIED 6043 Analysis of Teacher Education

CIED 5032 Curriculum Development



  • 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

(For full listing see attached CV above)


  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 2016 Faculty Collegiality Award, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas
  • NAGC Dedicated Services Award, National Association for Gifted Children, 2015
  • COEHP 2013 Innovative Teach Award, University of Arkansas
  • New Faculty Commendation for Teaching Commitment, University of Arkansas, 2010
  • 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