Sarah Hooks | Towson University


Biography

Sara Hooks has been in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Towson University
since August of 2015. She teaches courses related to assessment, literacy, and technology
and has supervised full-time interns. Dr. Hooks earned her Doctorate in Education
from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in 2015. Prior to working in higher education,
she spent over ten years working with young children and their families in schools
and community-based settings. Her research and service interests focus on preparing
teacher candidates to work effectively with students with diverse learning and behavioral
needs and to engage families in meaningful ways. 

Grants and Awards

Noggle, A. & Hooks, S. Focus on Fatherhood: Engaging Fathers and Father Figures in
a Title 1 School. MSDE IHE Discretionary Grant. Principal Investigator: Amy K. Noggle,
Co-Principal Investigator: Sara D. Hooks. FY 2019 – 2020. Requested: $30,175.

Noggle, A. & Hooks, S. Supporting and Engaging Fathers of Children in a Title I School:
Fathers of Children with Disabilities and Fathers Who Are Culturally and Linguistically
Diverse. MSDE IHE Discretionary Grant. Principal Investigator: Amy K. Noggle, Co-Principal
Investigator: Sara D. Hooks. FY 2018 – 2019. Funded: $33,476.

Hooks, S. D. & Noggle, A. Communicating Assessment Findings with Families: Effects
of Simulated Experiences with Teacher Candidates. France Merrick Scholarship. Principal
Investigator: Sara D. Hooks, Co-Principal Investigator: Amy K. Noggle. FY 2019 – 2020.
Funded: $2,500.

Hooks, S. D. All Students Can Engage in School from the Start. Maryland State Department
of Education Early Learning Challenge: Race to the Top Grant. FY 2014-2015. Funded:
$3,500.

Awarded Gloria A. Neubert Excellence in Teaching Award. FY 2015-2016. Award: $200.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Hooks, S. D. & Guerrero, J. (2020). Sparking creativity through a summer literacy
program. Ohio Council of Teachers of Language Arts Journal.

Hooks, S. D., Guerrero, J., & Christianson, L. (2019). It takes a village: A clinical
approach to training teachers for collaboration. School-University Partnerships 12(1), 70-76.

Hooks, S. D., debettencourt, L. U., & Markelz, A. (2019). The effects of training
pre-kindergarten teachers to use self-management strategies to increase Pre-K students’
opportunities to respond. Perspectives in Early Childhood Education,  4(2), 67-94.

Nagro, S. A., Fraser, D., & Hooks, S. D. (2018). Lesson planning with engagement in
mind: Proactive classroom management strategies for curriculum instruction. Intervention in School and Clinic.

Nagro, S. A., Hooks, S. D., & Fraser, D. (2018). Over a decade of practice: Are educators
correctly using tertiary interventions? Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 63:1, 52-61, DOI: 10.1080/1045988X.2018.1491021

Nagro, S. A., Hooks, S. D., & Fraser, D. (2016). Whole group responding strategies
to promote student engagement in inclusive classrooms. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 48(5), 243-249.

Book Chapters

Hooks, S. D., & Guerrero, J. (Prospectus Accepted; Chapter submitted, August 2019). Engaging families in STEM through environmental education. Chapter to appear in Handbook
of Research on Building STEM Skills through Environmental Education. IGI Global.

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Hooks, S. D. (2018, Nov.). Role-play in the university classroom: A practice-based
approach to communicating assessment findings with families. Paper presented at the
Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Las
Vegas, NV.

Hooks, S. D., Nagro, S. A., & Fraser, D. F. (2018, Nov.). Overcoming barriers to promote
culturally responsive home-school communication in early childhood education/intervention.
Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Hooks, S. D. (2017, Nov.). Effective instruction in early childhood education: Evidence
from preservice teachers’ lesson plans. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division
of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Savannah, GA.

Hooks, S. D., Nagro, S., & Fraser, D. (2017, Nov.). Are educators correctly using
tertiary interventions: Results from a pilot study. Paper presented at the Teacher
Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Savannah, GA.

Hooks, S. D. (2016, Nov.). Opportunities to respond and students with disabilities:
Implications for a universally designed classroom. Paper presented at the Teacher
Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Lexington,
KY.

Hooks, S. D. (2016, Oct.). How increasing demands for “perfection” in teacher education
affect teacher education programs. Paper presented at the Critical Questions in Education
Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.

Hooks, S. D. (2015, Nov). Effects of training pre-kindergarten teachers to use self-management
strategies to increase students’ opportunities to respond to literacy prompts. Paper
presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Nagro, S., Fraser, D., & Hooks, S. D. (2015, Nov). Benefits and challenges to using
low-level, intermediate, and high-level technology innovations in teacher preparation.
Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children
Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Hooks, S. D. (2015, Apr). Preliminary findings from effects of training pre-kindergarten
teachers to use self-management strategies to increase students’ opportunities to
respond to literacy prompts. Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children
Conference, San Diego, CA.

Hooks, S. D., Fraser, D., & Nagro, S. (2014, Nov). A decade of practice: Are special
educators using research-based tertiary interventions. Paper presented at the Teacher
Education Division for the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis,
IN.

True, J., Nagro, S., Hooks, S., Larson, K., & Fraser, D. (2014, Nov). Does instructor-pair
collaboration improve special education teacher preparation? Paper presented at the
Teacher Education Division for the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis,
IN.

Hooks, S. D. (2014, Apr). All children can engage in school from the start (ACCESS).
Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Philadelphia,
PA.

True, J., Nagro, S., Hooks, S., Larson, K., & Fraser, D. (2014, Apr). Does instructor-pair
collaboration improve special education teacher preparation. Poster session presented
at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Nagro, S., Hooks, S. D., & Fraser, D. F. (2013, Nov). Using teacher input to provide
school-wide professional development with proactive strategies. Paper presented at
the Teacher Education Division for the Council for Exceptional Children Conference,
Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Hooks, S.D. (2013, Apr). A comparison of school readiness and 3rd grade reading achievement
among student in general education and special education who received early intervention
services. Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, San
Antonio, TX.

Carran, D. T., J. D., Nunn, J. & Hooks, S. D., & Brigham, F. J. (2013, Feb). Uses
of a Statewide Longitudinal Data System to Evaluate and Inform Programs, Policies,
and Resource Allocations. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Management Information
Systems Conference, Washington, DC.


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