Areas of Specialization
Adult Learning, Curriculum Design, Literacy Instruction, Online Teaching and Learning, Urban Education
Dr. Spelman holds a M. Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University Chicago as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies in reading from Saint Xavier University. In 2006, she earned an Ed. D. in curriculum and instruction with cognates in reading and special education from Loyola University Chicago. That same year she completed a LeTTOL Certificate in the pedagogy of online course design and delivery.
She has been privileged to serve as a professional educator in various capacities. In the field, her professional roles have included: elementary classroom teacher, junior high school teacher and department chair, primary level reading specialist, and elementary school principal. During her time at Saint Xavier University, Dr. Spelman has been an adjunct instructor, assistant professorial lecturer, professional development consultant, literacy coach, assistant professor, associate professor and professor. She is currently serving as the edTPA Coordinator and Coordinator for the Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle Level programs in the Education Department.
Curriculum and Instruction Program
- EDGCI 521: Principles of Curriculum and Instruction
- EDGCI 526: Literacy Issues for Curriculum Leaders
- EDGCI 528: Curriculum Development and Instructional Design
Initial Licensure Programs
- EDU 103-01: Professional Educators Seminar I
- EDU 104-01: Professional Educators Seminar II
- EDU 105-01: Professional Educators Seminar III
- EDU 171/403: Introduction to the Elementary Education edTPA
- EDU 172/404: Elementary Education edTPA - Task 1
- EDU 173/405: Elementary Education edTPA - Task 2
- EDU 174/406: Elementary Education edTPA - Task 3
- EDU 175/407: Elementary Education edTPA - Local Evaluation Scoring
- EDU 200: Introduction to the Profession of Teaching
- EDUL 200: School of Education Orientation (Undergraduate)
- EDUGL 470: School of Education Orientation (Graduate)
- EDUGL 570: School of Education Orientation for Counseling
- EDU 323: Survey of Students with Exceptionalities
- EDU 318: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
- EDU 343: Diagnostic Teaching and Assessment of Reading in the Elementary School
- EDU 385: Developing Proficient Readers: Instruction. Support, Materials and Resources for the Core Curriculum
- EDU 345: Seminar in Teaching and Learning - for Elementary Education
- EDU 345: Seminar in Teaching and Learning - for Secondary Education
- EDU 392 Student Teaching Seminar I
- EDU 394 Seminar in Teaching and Learning II
Spelman, M., Bell, D., Thomas, E., & Briody, J. (2016.) Combining Professional Development & Instructional Coaching to Transform the Classroom Environment in PreK-3 Classrooms. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching. 9(1), pp 30-46. LaJolla, CA: National University Publications.
Thomas, E., Bell, D., Spelman, M., & Briody, J. (2015). The Growth of Instructional Coaching Partner Conversations in a PreK-3 rd Grade Teacher Professional Development Experience. Journal of Adult Education. 44(2), 1-6.
Rohlwing, R. , & Spelman, M. (2014). Characteristics of adult learning: Implications for the design and implementation of professional development programs. In L. Martin, S. Kragler, K. Bauserman, & D. Quatroche (Eds.)Handbook of professional development in education: Successful models and practices, PreK-12. New York: Guilford Press.
Spelman, M. & Rohlwing, R. (2013). The Relationship between Professional Development and Teacher Learning: Three Illustrative Case Studies of Urban Teachers. Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching. 6(1), pp 149-164) LaJolla, CA: National University Publications.
Spelman, M. & Bell, D. (2012). Transforming Literacy Instruction in Urban Settings: Combining Professional Development and Instructional Coaching to Improve Student Achievement. In Martin, L., Boggs, M., Szabo, S., & Morrison, T. (Eds.), Joy of teaching: ALER 34th Yearbook (pp 149-168). Texas A&M: Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers.