Darnel Degand joined the School of Education as an assistant
professor in July 2017. He studies the various ways media
and society influence the development of social success
skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media
production environments and media consumption experiences. His
research also involves the design and development of educational
media products and experiences.
Cassandra Hart is an associate professor of education policy. She
evaluates the effects of school, state and national education
programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement,
and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused
on school choice programs, school accountability
policies, and effects on students of exposure to
demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the
effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12
and post-secondary settings.
Jennifer Higgs is an Assistant Professor of Learning and Mind
Sciences and Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her research
focuses on digital tool use that supports learning and teaching,
adolescents’ digital literacies, and teacher education in the
language arts. Using mixed methods and sociocultural theories of
learning, Dr. Higgs investigates practices around digital tools
as well as improvement of digital tool practices. What
fundamentally drives her work is a desire to learn how the
possibilities afforded by new cultural tools can support
robust and socially just learning.
Early Literacy; English Learners; Bilingualism and Bilingual
Education; Educational Television and Multimedia; Language
Acquisition; Literacy development; Quantitative methods;
Sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics.
Tobin White studies the use of technology in teaching and
learning mathematics. He has a particular interest in using
mobile computing to support novel approaches to engaging learners
with STEM content and practices. Using a design-based research
approach, he develops collaborative problem-solving tools and
activities in order to investigate intersections between
conceptual and social dimensions of learning. A former high
school mathematics teacher himself, he has also worked for more
than a decade in teacher preparation.