Dr. Ellen R. Silver-Horrell

  Office Location: G244
  Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: Available by appointment 
  College: COE



As an undergraduate at GSU, worked as a full-time, financial aid/work-study student for the Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Human Learning and Development.  Responded very positively to small class size and to Competency-based Instructional Model used at GSU at that time.  Became a student leader who served on college committees and was awarded multiple Talent Scholarships during years of attendance at GSU.  Graduated from GSU with a BA in Urban Teacher Education and certification in Early Childhood Special and K-9 Education.  Worked for more than thirty years as a classroom aide and teacher at differing grade levels for two progressive school districts in Illinois, and was able to maintain pedagogical knowledge at the "cutting edge".  Later, while teaching full-time, graduated from St. Xavier University with a MA in Educational Administration, Supervision, and Curriculum and Instruction.  Also, as Lead Teacher, worked at the short-lived GSU Charter School and taught the Grades 2-3-4 Multiage Class using learner-centered, Reggio Emilia-Inspired, and Project-based instructional approach.  Always have been student-centered and focused on facilitating students in "learning how to learn effectively" instead of focusing only on teaching students "what to learn".

Mixed methods dissertation completed in 2014.  Topic was "DEVELOPING CULTURAL COMPETENCE: PRESERVICE TEACHER AND FACULTY PERCEPTIONS OF CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING SELF-EFFICACY". Prior to the dissertation, developed and presented teacher-friendly, hands-on workshops and professional development sessions for school districts and educational institutions in the Southland.  Also presented sessions at the Illinois State Kindergarten Conference for multiple years.  As a "practitioner" my focus is on continually improving the teaching practice of myself as a professional educator so that I can contribute the same to my education students.  My courses embed research-based instructional practices and strategies so that education students get to experience directly the effect that student motivation, engagement, and choice have upon the learning process.  In effect. as Dewey suggested, the classroom is the laboratory of the teacher; therefore, our classes give educators another perspective on the complexities involved in successful student learning or self-efficacy.