Dr. Jane FinnAssociate Professor of Education
Jane Finn started working at Hope in 2004. Her primary role is to instruct teacher candidates with focus in special education. Currently, Jane is researching how to teach Common Core math at the high school level, and independent living skills at the Friendship House, to students with exceptionalities.
She has worked with numerous students on faculty/student research projects, including Children’s After School Achievement (CASA) tutor perceptions, CASA reading and math improvement scores, Transition Planning Inventory and independent living skills, and teacher perceptions of teaching math to students with exceptionalities.
Jane enjoys researching transition skills for individuals with exceptionalities and is collaborating in research with Dr. Vicki Lynn Holmes on teaching Common Core math at the high school level for students with disabilities.
- Ph.D., education studies and special education, Western Michigan University, 2005
- M.A., elementary and secondary counseling and private counseling, Western Michigan University, 1989
- B.A., special education, Hope College, 1986
- GLCA: New Direction Grant for study titled “Response to Intervention (RTI) at the Secondary Education Level: A Collaborative Project between Special and General Education Colleagues”
- Eugene and Mary Heideman Fund – Friendship House: Monies awarded from the Western Theological Seminary for the third and fourth year to study improvements in the Friendship House
- Frost Center Student-Faculty Grant for study titled “Michigan Merit Curriculum and Children with Disabilities”
- Eugene and Mary Heideman Fund – Friendship House: Monies awarded from the Western Theological Seminary for the second year to study improvements in the Friendship House (May 2009)
- Eugene and Mary Heideman Fund – Friendship House: Grant from the Western Michigan Seminary to study the perceptions of the Friendship House first year (May 2008)
- Academic Computing Advisory Team (ACAT) grant to receive Turning Point technology for use in the education department
- Frost Center Student-Faculty Grant for study titled “Advice for New Teachers going into Special Education”
- “Living at the Friendship House: Findings from the Transition Planning Inventory,” World Journal of Educational Research, 2014
- “Essential skills for success: Feedback from beginning teachers of students with emotional/behavioral disorders,” Perspectives in Learning, 2014
- “Impact of the Michigan merit curriculum in mathematics: Are teachers ready to instruct at-risk and special needs students?” The Charter Schools Resource Journal, 2013
- “Examples from across the curriculum in economics,” International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 2012