Dr. Kelly A. Harper’s education career launched in Noumi Island, Hiroshima-ken, Japan, as a co-teacher of English as a second language with junior high school Japanese students in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching program. Upon returning to the United States, she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of Hartford, and proceeded to teach grades 5-7 in the Wellesley Public Schools in Massachusetts. While a practitioner, Dr. Harper earned her doctoral degree from Boston College culminating with a dissertation teacher-research study that critically examined social justice issues in children’s literature. All of these experiences have shaped the way she passionately influences the next generation of K-6 educators.
Dr. Harper currently enjoys working with teacher candidates guiding them through their own action research projects, evidence-based practices across the math, science and literacy domains and mentoring teacher candidates in field placements. For the last six years, she co-directed a 1.4 million dollar federal grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) division of the U.S. Department of Education. Through this endeavor, Dr. Harper and her colleagues have transformed our Childhood and Special Education programs that equip our teacher candidates with the necessary tools to provide high quality education via evidence-based practices and careful progress monitoring for all students to succeed. Dr. Harper’s research interests include assistive technologies, practitioner inquiry, teacher education, and inclusive practices. One of her favorite quotes by Nelson Mandela is, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- The JUSTICE Project (Justice for Underserved Students: Teacher Preparation in Inclusive Classroom Environments) Special Education Preservice Program Improvement Grants, United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, 10/1/2011-9/30/2016 with total funding of $1,484,479
- Dean’s Research Award, Canisius College, “Advancing KidSkills Through Hearty Apptivities “ May 2011
- Deans Research Award, Canisius College, KidSkills: Right From the Start, March 2010
- Target grant to fund the Kidskills Project at Armor Elementary. $2,000.00 Awarded June, 2010
- Hamburg Schools Partnership Grant to fund Kidskills, $500 awarded for 2009-2010 school year
- Dean’s Research Award, Canisius College, Project: “Structuring Tutoring Experiences for Meaningful Math in Middle School” January 2009
- Summer Dissertation Fellowship Recipient (2004), Boston College
- Teacher as Researcher Grant Recipient (2003): American Educational Research Association (AERA) Teacher as Researcher SIG.
Harper, K. Kurtzworth-Keen, K., & Marable, M. (2016). Assistive technology for students with learning disabilities: A glimpse of the livescribe pen and its impact on homework completion. Education and Information Technologies. doi.10. 1007/s10639-016-9550.0
Marable, M., Kurtzworth-Keen, K., Harper, K., & Dutt-Doner, K. (Winter 2015). Teacher Inquiry: A Foundation for Mentoring Teachers During Induction and Throughout Their Career. The Journal of Teaching Effectiveness and Student Achievement Volume 2(1), 81-91.
McCarthy, D., Burns, B., Henry, D., & Harper, K. (2014). Getting Ready for edTPA Task 4: Assessing Students’ Mathematics Learning. Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning.
Hamm, E. & Harper, K. (2013) The Role of RtI in a Kindergarten Enrichment Program, Reading and Writing Quarterly.
Harper, K. (2009). Can We Read a Happy Book Next?: Using Children's Literature to Move Beyond our White Space. In M. Cochran-Smith & S. Lytle (Eds), Inquiry as Stance: Practitioner Research in the Next Generation. Teachers College Press: New York.