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Sara Helfrich

Associate Professor
Teacher Education
McCracken Hall 321D
helfrich@ohio.edu
740.593.4471

 

Dr. Sara R. Helfrich holds the BA in Elementary Education/Moderate Special Needs and the MEd in Special Education, both from Boston College. She also holds the PhD in Reading Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Helfrich teaches courses in reading instruction and assessment, secondary reading instruction, and literacy coaching. She serves as Literacy Program Coordinator, overseeing both the undergraduate and online graduate reading programs. Dr. Helfrich also serves as University Liaison to the West Elementary PDS. Her major research interests include reading teacher preparation, pre-service and in-service teacher self-efficacy related to teaching literacy, and online learning and literacy course/program development.

 

Recent Publications:
Helfrich, S. R. (2013). Reading teacher self-efficacy: Measuring changes in two groups of graduate-level reading candidates over time. In L. Martin, M. Boggs, S. Szabo, & T. Morrison (Eds.), Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Yearbook (Vol. 35, pp. 315–331). Commerce, TX: Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers.

 

Helfrich, S.R. & Smith, W.E. (2012). Transitioning online: Moving a graduate reading program online while continuing to maintain program rigor and meet standards. In L. Martin, M. Boggs, S. Szabo, & T. Morrison (Eds.), Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Yearbook: The joy of teaching literacy (Volume 34), (pp. 105-119). Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers: Texas A&M Commerce.

 

Howley, M., Howley, A., Helfrich, S.R., Harrison, L., Gillam, M.B., & Safran, J. (2012). A research-focused honors program for teacher education candidates. Journal of Education for the Gifted, 35, 319-334.

 

Helfrich, S.R. (2012). Incorporating tutoring experiences in teacher education: Benefits to pre-service teachers and suggestions for teacher educators. Journal of Reading Education, 37(3), 40-48.                    

 

Helfrich, S.R. & Bosh, A.J. (2011). Teaching English language learners: Strategies for overcoming barriers. The Educational Forum, 75(3), 260-270.

 

Helfrich, S.R. & Bean, R. (2011). Beginning teachers reflect on their experiences being prepared to teach literacy. Teacher Education and Practice, 24(2), 201-222.

 

Helfrich, S.R. & Bean, R. (2011). What matters: Preparing teachers of reading. Reading Horizons, 50(4), 241-262.

 

Recent National Conference Presentations:
Helfrich, S. R., & Clark, S. K. (2014, November). A continued look at preparing elementary school teachers for effective literacy instruction: How do teacher education experiences influence pre-service teacher self-efficacy? Talk accepted for presentation at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Annual Conference, Delray Beach, FL.

 

Kennedy, C., Helfrich, S. R., Mullins, H., & West, L. (2014, October). Change in teacher candidates’ knowledge of classroom management through professional development. Talk accepted for presentation at the National Network for Educational Renewal Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

 

Helfrich, S. R., Kennedy, C., & Wolfe, A. (2014, October). Classroom teachers mentoring professional interns: Philosophy, strategies, benefits and challenges. Talk accepted for presentation at the National Network for Educational Renewal Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

 

West, L., & Helfrich, S. R. (2014, March). Results of a yearlong intervention by PDS partners on third grade student reading achievement scores. Talk accepted for presentation at the National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

 

Helfrich, S. R., West, L., & Kennedy, C. (2014, March). Helping teacher candidates develop their classroom management knowledge and skills through professional development. Talk accepted for presentation at the National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

 

Clark, S. K., & Helfrich, S. R. (2013, November). Preparing elementary school teachers for effective literacy instruction: How do teacher education experiences influence pre-service teacher knowledge? Talk conducted at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

 

Helfrich, S. R. (2012, November). Reading teacher self–efficacy: Measuring changes in two groups of graduate-level reading candidates over time. Talk conducted at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

Helfrich, S. R. (2012, November). Graduate literacy candidates’ perceptions of the value of different types of collaboration in an online learning environment. Talk conducted at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

 

Henning, J., Weade, G., & Helfrich, S. R. (2012, February). Transforming teacher education clinical practice: Developing a powerful research and design agenda (Design Principle 9). Talk conducted at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

 

Helfrich, S. R., & Smith, W. (2011, November). How do we manage field experiences in online teaching? Using supplemental technology in an online graduate reading program. Talk conducted at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Annual Conference, Richmond, VA.

 


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