Julie Ankrum led a team of colleagues to develop and validate an instrument to record instructional adaptations that teachers make during literacy lessons. Members of the team included Aimee Morewood (West Virginia University), Seth Parsons (George Mason University), Allison Ward Parsons (George Mason University), Margaret Vaughn (University of Idaho), and Paul Hawkins (IUP’s Applied Research Lab).
The team presented a paper describing the validation and piloting processes at the American Educational Research Association in April 2018. The paper, titled “Documenting Adaptive Instruction: The Adaptive Teaching Observation Protocol (ATOP),” was selected as the recipient of the Exemplary Paper Award, presented by AERA’s Classroom Observation SIG.
Julie Ankrum serves as assistant professor in the Department of Professional Studies in Education. She is the coordinator of the MEd in Literacy/Reading Specialist Certification program and director of IUP’s Literacy Center.