Alia Knight-Dahl, C'16, was awarded the Dr. Barbara Martin Palmer Endowed M.Ed. Thesis Award. This award is presented to an M.Ed. candidate who has successfully completed and defended an exemplary M.Ed. thesis and who has demonstrated a commitment to the Mount's pillars of Discovery and Leadership through their scholarship and educational research.
Knight-Dahl, a teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School, studied the effect of technology-enhanced spelling instruction on spelling strategy development of English language learners. Thirteen fifth grade students participated in the study and had a range of academic abilities and English proficiency. Knight-Dahl had three intervention phases, each lasting two weeks: paper-based sorts, computer-based sorts, and computer- and paper-based sorts. All interventions resulted in positive growth.
Pictured from left to right are Elizabeth C. Monahan, Director M.Ed. Programs, Dr. Barbara Martin Palmer, Dean, School of Education and Human Services, Alia Knight-Dahl, Dr. Barbara Marinak, Chair, Education Department