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Jennifer G. Beasley

Jennifer G. Beasley

Director of Teacher Education

Assistant Professor of Childhood Education


(BCSS)-Boyer Center For Student Services

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 teacher candidates 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
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Efficacy
  • Professional Development in Higher Education
  • Differentiating Instruction in P-20 classrooms
  • 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


  • Beasley, J.G. & Beck, D. E. (2017). Defining differentiation in cyber schools: What online teachers say. TechTrends, 61(3).
  • Beasley, J. G. & Beck, D. E. (2017). Transforming online classrooms through differentiation. Ohio ASCD Journal, Winter/Spring 2017, 7-12.
  • Beasley, J. G. (2017). The culture of collaboration: A tool for teacher self-efficacy. In F. A.Bowles & C. J. Pearman (Eds.) Self-efficacy in action: Tales from the classroom for teaching, learning, and professional development. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Beasley, J. G., Briggs, C., & Pennington, L. (2017). Bridging the gap 10 years later: A tool and technique to analyze and evaluate advanced academic curricular units. Gifted Child Today, 40 (1).
  • Imbeau, M. B. & Beasley, J. G. (2016). Designing a professional development plan. In R. D. Eckert & J. H. Robins (Eds.) Designing services and programs for high-ability learners: A guidebook for gifted education (2nd ed.). (n.p.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Beasley, J. G. (2015). Meeting the needs of diverse learners through technology and differentiation [Video Lecture Series]. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Beasley, J. G., Briggs, C., & Pennington, L. (2015). Engaging and challenging curriculum: Supporting advanced and gifted learners. Washington, D.C.: NAGC Select Publications.
  • Beasley, J. G. & Imbeau, M. B. (2015). Using the tools of technology to meet the needs of all learners. In L. Lennex & K. Nettleton (Eds.), Cases on Instructional Technology in Gifted and Talented Education (pp. 287-310). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Collet, V.S. & Beasley, J. G. (2014). The dialogic nature of mentoring: Using the gradual increase of responsibility model to support student teachers. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association National Conference, December 5, 2014, Marco Island, FL.
  • Beasley, J.G., Gist, C., & Imbeau, M. B. (2014). (De)constructing student engagement for pre-service teacher learning. Issues in Teacher Education, 23(2), 175-188.
  • Beasley, J. G. (2014, Summer). Increasing rigor: A Tool to Consider. Teaching for High Potential, 5-6.
  • Beasley, J. G. (2014, Winter). Performance tasks: Building the bridges between gifted and general education. Teaching for High Potential, 5-6.
  • Beasley, J. G., Gartin, B., Lincoln, F., & Penner-Williams, J. (2013). Teacher efficacy and practice in meeting the needs of diverse learners: How do partnerships support
  • 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:

  • University Program Evaluator
  • University Accreditation Site Visitor
  • 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, 2007-2014.
  • 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