College of Education

Elaine Cheesman, Ph. D.

Associate Professor w/Tenure of Special Education

College of Education

1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

Work : 719-255-4861
echeesma@uccs.edu

Elaine Cheesman received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2004. She received her training as a Qualified Instructor of Academic Language Therapy at Teacher's College, Columbia University.

Her primary research interests are the preparation of teachers in evidence-based reading and writing instruction and using technology to improve student learning.

Education

Ph.D., Special Education
University of Connecticut – 2004

M.A., American Folk Culture, Cooperstown Graduate Programs
State University of New York - 1980

B.S., Elementary Education
Western Oregon University - 1972

Teaching

Reading Content developed by Dr. Cheesman are recognized as meeting the International Dyslexia Association (IDA)Knowledge and Practice Standards.

 SPED 4010 / 5010 - Multisensory Structured Language Education

This course includes both content knowledge and principles of instruction regarding explicit, systematic instruction for students at-risk for reading failure and older students who struggle with reading. The scope of the course covers the five essential elements of reading and spelling instruction, including phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Teacher candidates plan and organize instruction for a beginning-level reading tutorial student based on ongoing assessment. Students evaluate his / her instruction and the instruction of peers through small-group coaching sessions.

SPED 4011 / 5011 - Assessment and Instructional Monitoring

This course introduces and examines evaluation concepts and assessment formats with specific attention to curriculum-based, individually-referenced measures, standardized norm-referenced assessments, and large-scale criterion-referenced tests characteristic of most statewide programs. Teacher candidates learn to use assessment data when making curricular and instructional decisions. Candidates gain experience in designing and administering both formal and informal tests and become proficient at data based decision-making.

SPED 4012 / 5012 - Differentiated Instruction

This course focuses on expanding teacher candidates' knowledge of the structure of English, including syllable types, reading and spelling multisyllabic base words and derivatives, morphology, Latin affixes, Greek combining forms, and written composition. Teacher candidates plan and organize instruction for an intermediate-level reading tutorial student based on ongoing assessment. Students evaluate his/her instruction and the instruction of peers through small-group coaching sessions.

SPED 5114 / 5115 - Multisensory Reading and Writing Internship

These courses are a two-semester internship in multisensory reading and spelling instruction for students with severe reading/writing challenges, including dyslexia. It provides clinical experience teaching targeted or intensive level reading and writing in small groups of four or fewer students using an Orton-Gillingham based curriculum. Participants work in one's own school setting to provide 60 hours (40-minute lessons) of supervised multisensory reading and writing instruction to small groups of students and attend bi-monthly seminars either in-person or via computer.

Professional Experience

Dr. Cheesman serves on the National Board of Directors for the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA),the Board of the International Dyslexia Association, Rocky Mountain Branch, and the Professional Development Committee of the International Dyslexia Association. She has assisted the Colorado Department of Education in reviewing the literacy content of teacher preparation programs throughout Colorado, writing the Specific Learning Disabilities Guidelines (2007), and the Colorado Academic Standards in Reading and Writing (2009).

Publications and Presentations

Selected Publications

 

 

Cheesman, E.A. (2014). Dr. Cheesman's App Chat: Games to Boost Math Skills International Dyslexia Association

Winters, D.C. and Cheesman, E. A. (2013). Mobile Instructional and Assistive Technology for Literacy. Perspectives in Language and Literacy, 39(4), 42-46. >> View PDF  PDF Icon

·Cheesman, E. A. (2013). Dr. Cheesman's App Chat: Ten Interactive Books for Kids, Teens, and Adults. The Examiner, May 2013. >> View PDF  PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E. A. (2013). Dr. Cheesman's App Chat: Spelling. The Examiner, August 2013. >> View PDF  PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E. A. (2013). Dr. Cheesman's App Chat: Word Games and Logic Puzzles. The Examiner, December 2013. >> View PDF  PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E.A. (2013). iPad Apps for Literacy Instruction, February 2013    >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Spear-Swerling, L., & Cheesman, E. (2012). Teachers' knowledge base for implementing response-to-intervention models in reading. Reading and Writing, 25(7), 1691-1723. doi: 10.1007/s11145-011-9338-3   >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E.A., (2010). Ready to Read: A Multisensory Approach to Language-Based Comprehension Instruction >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E.A., Hougen, M., and Smartt, S. M. (2010). Higher Education Collaboratives: Aligning Research and Practice in Teacher Education. Perspectives on Language and Literacy, 36(4), 31-35. >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Budin, S.G., Mather, N., and Cheesman, E.A. (2010). Examining promising practices to improve linguistic knowledge and inform practice in teacher education. Perspectives on Language and Literacy, 36(4), 13-16.  >> View PDF PDF Icon

· DePry, R. and Cheesman, E. (2010). Reflections on Culturally Responsive Teaching: Embedding theory into practices of instructional and behavioral support. Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education 2010, 5(1), 36-51. >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E. and DePry, R. (2010). A Critical review of culturally responsive literacy instruction. Journal of Praxis in Multicultural Education 2010, 5(1), 83-99.
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· Cheesman, E. A., McGuire, J. M., Shankweiler, D., & Coyne, M. D. (2009). 
First year teacher knowledge of phonemic awareness and its instruction. Teacher Education and Special Education, 32(3).  
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· Kyei-Blankson, L., Cheesman, E., & Blankson, J. (2009). 
The value added effect of using clickers in a graduate research methods and statistics course Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2009 (pp. 1947-1952). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

· Cheesman, E. A., Winograd, G. R., & Wehrman, J. D. (in press). 
Clickers in teacher education: Student perceptions by age and gender. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

· Cheesman, E., & Winograd, G. (2008). 
Classroom Response Systems: Student Perceptions by Learning Style, Age, and Gender. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. A. Willis (Eds.),Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 4056-4062). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.  
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· Winograd, G. R., & Cheesman, E. A. (2007). Using classroom response systems in communication courses. In L. W. Hugenberg, S. P. Morreale, D. W. Worley, B. Hugenberg & D. C. Worley (Eds.), Basic communication course best practices: A training manual for instructors (pp. 177-193). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E. A. (2006). Isabelle Yoffe Liberman. In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Special Education (3rd ed.). >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E. A. (2006). Madeline Cheek Hunter. In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Special Education (3rd ed.). >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E. A. (2006). Performance-based Standards. In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Special Education (3rd ed.). >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E. A. (2006).The Tuskegee Airmen: 1940 - 1950. Freedom's Song: One Hundred Years of African American Struggle and Triumph. Los Angeles, CA: Farmers Insurance Group. >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E. A. (2006). African Americans in the Great Depression: 1930 - 1940 Freedom's Song: One Hundred Years of African American Struggle and Triumph. Los Angeles, CA: Farmers Insurance Group.

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News Articles

· Cheesman, E. A. (2003). The First "R". The Hartford Courant   >> View PDF PDF Icon

· Cheesman, E. A. (1994). It's Never Too Late to Learn to Read. New York Times  >> View PDF

Honors and Awards

Dr. Cheesman received the Excellence in Teacher Educator Award from the Teacher Education Division of the Colorado Council for Exceptional Children in 2008, and the Teacher of the Year award from the UCCS College of Education in 2007, the Outstanding Researcher Award from the UCCS College of Education in 2012.

Volunteer and Service

University

  • Chair, Technology Committee, College of Education
  • Chair, TaskStream Committee, Department of Special Education
  • Chair, Admissions Committee, Department of Special Education
  • Member, Faculty Search Committees, Department of Education
  • Member, Faculty and Staff Awards Committee
  • Member, Student Achievement Assessment Committee
  • Member, Assessment Committee, College of Education
  • Member, NCATE Accreditation Committee, College of Education

Community

  • Member, Professional Development Council, Pike's Peak Region
  • Member, Alternative Teacher Preparation Development Council, Douglas County Schools

State/National

  • Member, Colorado Reading First Higher Education Advisory Council
  • Board of Directors, Academic Language Therapy Association
 
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