EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

FACULTY

JANE FINN
Associate 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
ED 251 – Introduction to Assessment
ED 333 – Secondary Special Education: Transition from School to Life
ED 359 - Instructional Design: Learning Disabilities/Emotional Impairments
ED. 357/8-Learning Disabilities/Emotional Impairment Majors Field Placement
ED 225/226 – The Exceptional Child

 RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS
Transition at Secondary Level-Special Education
Independent Living and People with Disabilities
Math and Secondary Special Education


RECENT PUBLICATIONS IN JOURNALS- Last 5 years

Finn J. E., Holmes V., and Johnson R. (2014). Living at the Friendship House: Findings from the Transition Planning Inventory.” World Journal of Educational Research. 2.1 Web.

Finn, J. E. and Holmes, V. L. (2014). Essential skills for success:   Feedback from beginning teachers of students with emotional/behavioral disorders.  Perspectives in Learning, 15(1), 34-50.

Holmes, V. L., Finn, J., Blower, M., & Chavarria, N. (summer 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., & Finn, J. (2011). “Are Mathematics Teachers Qualified? Perceptions of Educators Concerning the Instruction of the Michigan Merit Curriculum,” Globalizing Curriculum Across University Disciplines (pp. 96-102). Ypsilanti: MWCIES.

 Finn J. (2011). “Lessons Learned: School of Choice and an Individual with Dual Exceptionalities,” Globalizing Curriculum Across University Disciplines (pp. 103-111).

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 SSRN: http://ssm.cdom/abstract=1493442

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.  (2009).Transition Outcomes Project: Perceptions of school personnel.  Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research.

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

 

 RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS (PEER REVIEWED)Last 5 years

Finn, J. E., Holmes, V. L., Henriksen, M. (March 6, 2015).  The effects of the Friendship House on transition skills. A poster presentation for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Finn, J. E., Johnson, L., & Rhodes, E. (March 6, 2015).  Assessment Adventures!  A poster presentation for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Finn, J. E., Gancedo, K. & Reeve, R. (March 6, 2015).  Is College for Me?  A poster presentation for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Holmes, V.L., Finn, J. E., & Verschueren, J. (March 6, 2015). Teachers’ perspectives of the common core state stands for mathematics. A poster presentation for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Finn, J. E., Hillman, A., & Cress, K. (March 6, 2014).  Ready for Life and Hope College:  A poster presentation for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Finn, J. E. and Brady, M.  (March 6, 2014).  How did they do?  Students and tutors at a CASA after school tutoring program.  A poster presentation for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Finn, J. E., Hillman, A., & Cress, K. (Feburary 28, 2014).  Are students really Ready for Life? A  poster presentation for the Michigan Science, Arts and Letters,  Alma, Michigan.

Finn, J. E., and Brady, M. (February 28, 2014).   CASA:  Tutors’ Perception of an After School Academic Program. A poster presentation for the Michigan Science, Arts and Letters,  Alma, Michigan.

Finn, J. E. (March 22, 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 15, 2013). Collaboration in Transition.  A presentation for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, 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. & 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. & 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. (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


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH WITH HOPE COLLEGE STUDENTS AND TOPICS (last 5 years)

Caitlin Maas, Taylor Van Remmen, and Emma Fowler. (2015 to present).  Independent Living Skills for individuals with disabilities.

Jessie Hermann, Elizabeth Tally, and Anne Neumann. (2014 to present). What makes a successful teacher candidate?  Predictors in a teacher prep program.

Chris Van Kampen. (2014 to present).  Roommates with disabilities and transition skills:  Results of the Transition Planning Inventory.

Melissa Lamberts and Allix Hutchison.  (2014 to present). Reading skills have improved! Results of an after- school tutoring program.

Audrey McKenzie and Kelly Leikert. (2014 to present).  College students' perceptions of a tutoring program.  Does it work?

Meg Ahlgrim, Michael Henriksen, and Kristen Slotman. (2014 to 2015). The effects of the Friendship House on post-secondary living for individuals with disabilities.

Jake Verschueren.  (2014 to 2015). Teachers perceptions of the math common core standards.

Jillian Sommerville and Rachel Lunstrom. (2014 to 2015).  Making a difference: Getting inside the tutor’s mind concerning the CASA after school tutoring program.

Kaitlin Cress and Alyssa Hillman. (2013 to 2015). Ready for Life and Hope College:  Are students really “ready for life”?

MacKenzie Brady and Alexandria Klomparens. (2013 to 2014)—CASA:  Tutors’ perceptions of an elementary after-school academic program.

Sarah Lidgard and Jayne Vroon. (2012 to 2013).  Independent living and students with cognitive impairment:  Results of the standardized assessment entitled the Transition Planning Inventory.

Ashley Blauwkamp and Lindsay Timmerman. (2012 to 2014). 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 have 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. (2008-2009). The second year of the Friendship House.  Have improved happened?

 

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.

2010- 2012-Eugene and Mary Heideman Fund-Friendship House:  Monies was awarded for the third and forth year from the Western Michigan Seminary

2009-2008- Eugene and Mary Heideman Fund-Friendship House: monies was awarded to focus on the first year success of the Friendship House and to give advise for improvements from the Western Michigan Seminary.

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

I have been working at Hope College for several years.  Prior, while completing my doctorate degree, I 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