EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

FACULTY

JANE FINN
Asssociate Professor of Education
Special Education

E-mail: finn@hope.edu

B.A. - Hope College
M.A.—Western Michigan University
Ed.D-Western Michigan University

TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

Educ. 251 – Introduction to Assessment
Educ. 333 – Secondary Special Education: Transition from School to Life
Educ. 359 - Instructional Design: Learning Disabilities/Emotional Impairments
Educ. 225/226 – The Exceptional Child

RECENT PUBLICATIONS IN JOURNALS

Holmes, V. L., Finn, J., Blower, M., & Chavarria, N. (2013). Impact of the Michigan merit curriculum in mathematics: Are teachers ready to instruct at-risk and special needs students? The Charter Schools Resource Journal9 Retrieved from http://www.cmich.edu/academics/educ_humanservices/units/EHSTCSRJ/Pages/default.aspx

Claar, V., & Finn. J. (2012).  Examples from across the curriculum in economics. International Journal of  Pluralism and Economics Education. Volume 1; Number 1, pp. 22-36.

Holmes, V. L., Finn, J. E. (2011) Michigan math curriculum and
perceptions of educators. Comparative and International Education, Available at
http://www.emich.edu/mwcies

Claar, V., & Finn, J. (2011) Using prior knowledge, scaffolding, and modeling to drive home lessons in economics: Three examples from across the curriculum. Social Science Research Network. Available at http://ssm.cdom/abstract=1493442

Finn, J. E. (2011). Lessons learned: School of choice and an individual with dual exceptionalities. Comparative and International Education. Available at http://www.emich.edu/mwcies

Finn, J. E., & Kohler, P. (2009). A compliance evaluation of the Transition
Outcomes Project. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 32(1), 17-29.

Finn, J. E., & Kohler, P. (Winter, 2009).Transition Outcomes Project: Perceptions of
school personnel. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research.

Finn, J. E. (Fall, 2009). Teaching a compressed video class: Three steps to
success. The Charter School Resource Journal.

Finn, J. E., Caldwell, C. & Raub, T. (2006). Why parents chose a charter school for
their student with a disability. Journal of Educational Research and Policy Studies (6), 91-110.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS (2013-2009)

Finn, J. E. (June 2013). The Friendship House: A Case Study of the Lessons Learned During Year 1. A presentation for the Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference in Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio.

Finn, J. E. (March 2013). Assessing independent living: A roommate’s perspective.  A presentation for the Michigan Science, Arts and Letters, Holland, Michigan.

Finn, J. E., Bauer, K., Bootke, B., & Cook, N. (March 2013). Collaboration in Transition.  A presentation for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Finn, J. E., Vroon, J., & Lidgard, S. (October 2012). What makes successful independent living for individuals with cognitive impairments? A presentation to the roommates and other stakeholders of the Friendship House, Holland, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. Lidgard, S. & Vroon, J. (June 2012) Individuals and the Transition Planning Inventory. A presentation to the parents of the Friendship House, Holland, Michigan.

 Holmes, V., Finn, J. E. (March 2012).  The Michigan Merit Curriculum with At Risk Students.  A presentation for the Michigan Science Arts and Letters, Alma, Michigan.

Finn, J. E., Lidgard, S., & Vroon, J. (March 2012). What Makes Successful Independent Living for Individuals with Cognitive Impairments?  A presentation for the Michigan Science Arts and Letters, Alma, Michigan.

Holmes, V., Finn, J. E., Blowers, M., & Chavarria. N. (April 2011) MMC: Math Graduation Requirements and Special Education and At Risk Students. A presentation for the Council for Exceptional Children, 
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Finn, J. E. Valentino, J., & Harsay, A. (November 2010). A Three Year Longitudinal Study of the Friendship House. A presentation for the Western Theological Seminary Leaders and Roommates with and without Disabilities, Holland, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. & Harsay, A. (October 2010). A Longitudinal Study of the Friendship House. A presentation for the MidWest Comparative and International Society, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Holmes, V, Finn, J. E., Blowers, M., & Chavarria. N. (October 2010) Perceptions of Educators on the Math Graduation Requirements. A presentation for the MidWest Comparative and International Society, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Finn, J. E., Graybiel, J., & Palmer, A. (April 2010). Collaboration and Success. A presentation for the Western Seminary Roommates at the Friendship House. Holland, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. & Palmer, A. (March 2010). A Reporting of the Second Year of the Friendship House. A presentation for the Transition Services Association MTSA Conference, Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. & Palmer, A. (March 2010). Were Implementations Successful? The Second Year of the Friendship House. A presentation for the Michigan Academic of Science, Arts and Letters, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. Palmer, A., & Graybiel, J. (November 2009). Stakeholders Perception of the Second Year of the Friendship House. A presentation for the Western Theological Seminary Personnel and Parents of the Roommates with Disabilities. Holland, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. , Graybiel, J., & Palmer, A. (October 2009). Were improvements made at the Friendship House: Study of the second year. A presentation for the Hope College/Business Department, Holland, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. (June 2009). A Qualitative Study of the Transition Outcomes Project. A presentation for the Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference in Cedarville University, Dayton, Ohio.

Finn, J. E. (May 2009). Teaching Transition IDEA Mandates using the Reality Store. A presentation for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. (April 2009). A New Housing Idea: The Friendship House. A presentation for the Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Conference at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Finn, J. E., Holm, K., Hargrove, L., & Urbancic, C. (March 2009). Special Education Teachers’ Advice to Pre-Service Teachers. A presentation for the Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Finn, J. E., & Pasek, S. (March 2009). Friendship House: Perceptions of the First Year. A presentation for the Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Finn, J. E., Urbancic, C., & Hargrove, L. (March 2009). Advice to Pre-Service Candidates teaching Students with Emotional Disturbance. A presentation for the Michigan Academic of Science, Arts and Letters, Detroit, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. (March 2009). Perceptions of Western Theological and Hope College students on living at the Friendship House. A presentation for the Michigan Academic of Science, Arts and Letters, Detroit, Michigan

Finn, J. E. & Kotkowicz, K. (March 2009). Support to Pre-Service Teachers. A presentation to Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan.

 

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH WITH HOPE COLLEGE STUDENTS AND TOPICS

Alyssa Hillman and Kaitlin Cress (2013 to present) Are students really Ready for Life? Perceptions of tutors

Jillian Summerville and Rachel Lundstrom (2013 to present) Hope Tutors' Perceptions of CASA: Year 2

MacKenzie Brady and Alexandria Klomparens (2013 to present)—CASA:  Tutors’ Perception of an After School Academic Program

Sarah Lidgard and Jayne Vroon (2012 to 2013)—Independent Living and Students with Cognitive Impairment:  Results of the Transition Planning Inventory

Ashley Blauwkamp and Lindsay Timmerman (2012 to present). Writing through the curriculum:  A study on Special Education pre-service teachers writing skills.

Marcy Blowers and Nydia Chavarria (2010-2012)-New Graduation Requirements in Michigan and the Impact on Students who are At Risk and/or Special Needs

Jillian Valentino and Alexander Harsey (2010-2011)-A Longitudinal Study of the Friendship House: The First Three Years

Amy Palmer and Jared Graybiel (2009-2010)-The Second Year of the Friendship House

Laura Hargrove, Katie Holms and Courtney Urbancic (2007-2009)- Special Education Teachers’ Advice to Pre-Service Teachers

Stephanie Pasek (2008-2009) and Katie Chiczewski (Spring-Summer 2008)-Friendship House: The Perceptions of Stakeholders

Tara Raub and Kate Caldwell (2006-2007)-Charter school and students with disabilities

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Transition at Secondary Level-Special Education
Independent Living and People with Disabilities
School Choice

GRANTS-awarded

2013-2014-GLCA: New Direction Grant for study entitled Response to Intervention (RTI) at the Secondary Education Level: A Collaborative Project between Special and General Education Colleagues.

2011-2008- Eugene and Mary Heideman Fund-Friendship House: monies was awarded for multiple years from the Western Michigan Seminary to study the improvements in the Friendship House.

2007/2008- grant awarded from the Academic Computing Advisory Team (ACAT) to receive Turning Point technology for use in the Education Department.

2007/2008-Frost Center Student-Faculty Grant for study entitled Advice for New Teachers going into Special Education.

Summer 2007 Hope Grant for study entitled Parent and School of Choice

2005/2006-Frost Center Student-Faculty Grant for study entitled Why do parents choose charter schools for their children with disabilities?

2006-Crossroad grant for Schools and faith: Perspectives from charter, private, and public school personnel.


PERSONAL

Prior to coming to Hope, I have worked at Western Michigan University--both teaching undergraduate and graduate classes and working with interns. I have been employed as a regular education teacher, special education consultant, special education teacher, and a high school counselor before beginning my work at Hope College.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Teacher Education and Special Education

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
***Division for Emotional Impairment/Behavior Disorders
***Division for Learning Disabilities
***Division on Career Development and Transition

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children

Pi Lambda Theta - International Honor Society