M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership Research Projects – 2013

Dropping Like Flies: The High School Dropout’s Perspective
Author:  Melody Bickford
Affiliation: Mt. Blue Regional High School

Abstract: Determining factors that lead to at risk students dropping out was investigated by interviewing volunteer participants who attended Mt. Blue High School and exited early, not receiving a high school diploma. The results of the study indicated that the majority of participants attributed their failure to graduate in four years to personal or family related factors.
Keywords: High School Dropouts


The Relationship Between Current ELL Programs and the High School Completion Rate
Author: Erica Boudreau
Affiliation: Lewiston High School

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to locate an existing high school ELL program that increased the likelihood of ELL students completing high school. This study focused on the non-completion rates that occurred over the past six years at Atlantic City High School in New Jersey. The data collected supports the idea that their program increases completion rates among ELL students. Portions of the program could be implemented at Lewiston High School.
Keywords: ELL Programs


Testing the Longevity of Pedometer Interest in Physical Education for Second Grade
Author: Leigh Crouteau
Affiliation: Russell Elementary, MSAD 15

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to determine the length of time that a pedometer will motivate a second grader to be more active. Data were collected and analyzed using the System for Observing Fitness Instruction Time (SOFIT) which is based on the activity levels of the students. The results show that pedometers had no impact on a second graders activity level.
Keywords:Pedometer, Second Graders


Differences in Achievement when Dynamic Geometry Software is compared to Traditional Instruction in an 8th Grade Math Classroom
Author: Samantha Garnett
Affiliation: Lisbon School Department

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to examine the use of dynamic geometry software as a platform for learning spatial relationships. Data were gathered from 8th grade math classrooms over the winter of 2012-13. Data from the control and experimental groups showed a difference in the initial achievement scores, students in the control groups scoring higher. Data also showed that there was no difference in student retention once scores were adjusted for initial differences. The results of the study cannot be generalized due to limiting factors. There is a need for further research with adjustments in methods and sampling.
Keywords: Dynamic Geometry Software, 8th Grade Math


An Attendance Intervention: Using Technology to Involve Teachers and Parents
Author: Sam Iggulden
Affiliation: Oxford Hills School District

Abstract: An attendance intervention was performed at a school district in Maine, which also tested the effectiveness of using technology for implementation. Computer technologies track student attendance rates, and efficiently communicate issues to stakeholders with minimal administrative overhead. All students at the Oxford Hills School District received the intervention during the FY2013 school year and attendance rates were compared against prior years. Results were somewhat inconclusive, but suggest that attendance gains might be achieved with further refinement of the intervention.
Keywords: Attendance Technology


College Readiness: An Investigation into the Relationship of Preparedness between a High School Mathematics Curriculum and Entry into Credit-Bearing, College Level Mathematics Courses
Author: Lisa Russell
Affiliation: RSU 10, Mountain Valley High School

Abstract: College readiness in mathematics is vital to obtaining a college education. Many students are graduating high school without the math skills necessary to enter into college level, credit-bearing courses, and this has become a national dilemma. The purpose of this study was to evaluate college readiness in mathematics. The participants in this study consisted of 162 students from three years (2010 – 2012) of Mountain Valley High School graduates. Participants were contacted individually via Facebook, a social media network, and provided a link to an online survey, which they were asked to complete voluntarily.
Keywords: College Readiness, High School Mathematics Curriculum


The Effect of Presenting Social Stories™ on an iPad™ to Encourage Purposeful Communication in Children with Autism
Author: Linda Szenes
Affiliation: Mt. Blue Regional School District

Abstract: Two case studies examined the effect of creating simple stories to encourage purposeful communication in children with autism. The responses of each student to the greeting “good morning” by the teacher, and by the Ed tech were recorded. Student A showed no effect from the Social Story™. Student B was not influenced to respond appropriately to his Ed tech, but almost immediately began initiating some morning greetings to his teacher, sustaining this behavior for several weeks.
Keywords: iPad™,  Austism