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Amy Staples

Associate Professor
(319) 273-7468
Areas of Expertise: 

Literacy acquisition and instruction
Instructional and assistive technology
Inclusion
Qualitative
Descriptive
Quasi-experimental

Courses Taught: 

220:146 Methodology and Assessment for Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities (K-8)
220:153 Introduction to Assistive Technology for Instruction

Research Interests: 

Literacy development in children with significant developmental disabilities
Inclusion
The role of technology in supporting literacy and communication

Selected Publications: 

Tidwell, D., & Staples, A. (2016). The collaborative process in educators’ self-study of practice. In M. C. Dalmau, H. Guðjónsdóttir, & D. Tidwell (Eds.), Taking a fresh look at education: Framing professional learning in education through self-study. Boston, MA: Sense.

Staples, A., & Edmister, E. (2014). The reintegration of technology as a function of curriculum reform: Cases of two teachers. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 39(2), 136-153.

Staples, A. H., Edmister, E., Tidwell, D., & Garrett, J. (2014). Iowa Comprehensive Literacy Modules. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Department of Education.

Edmister, E., Staples, A., Huber, B., & Garrett, J. (2013). Creating writing opportunities for young children. Teaching Young Exceptional Children, 16(3), 24-35.

Staples, A., & Edmister, E. (2012). Evidence of two theoretical models of writing in young children with disabilities who are beginning to learn to write. Topics in Language Disorders, 32(4), 319-334.

Staples, A.H., Pugach, M.C., & Himes, D. (2011). Cases of technology integration in three urban elementary schools. In J Schrum (Ed.), Considerations on educational technology integration: The best of JRTE.  ISTE.

Foley, B. E., & Staples, A. (2007). Supporting literacy development with assistive technology. In S. Copeland and L. Keefe (Eds.), Effective literacy instruction for students with moderate or severe disabilities. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing. 

Foley, B.E., & Staples, A. (June, 2006). Assistive technology supports for literacy instruction. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 15(2), 15-21.

Foley, B. E., & Staples, A. (July, 2006). Assistive technology supports for literacy instruction. Perspectives on Language and Learning, 13(2), 15-21.

Sturm, J. M., Spadorcia, S., Cunningham, J. W., Cali, K., Staples, A. H., Erickson, K. E., Yoder, D. E., & Koppenhaver, D. A. (2006). What happens to reading between first and third grade? Implications for students who use AAC. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 22(1), 21-36.

Staples, A. H., Himes, D., & Pugach, M. C. (2005). Integrating technology in the context of teacher education reform. In M. Bailey and S. Rhine (Eds.), Transforming learning through technology: Insights and achievements of the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology Program (Vol. 2). Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education.

Staples, A. H., Pugach, M. C., & Himes, D. (2005). Cases of technology integration in three urban elementary schools. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 37(3), 281-307.

Foley, B. E., & Staples, A. H. (2003). Developing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and literacy interventions in a supported employment setting. Topics in Language Disorders, 23(4), 325-343.

Staples, A. H., & Pittman, J. (2002). Using technology to build inclusive learning communities. In G. Solomon, N. Allen, & P. Resta (Eds.), Toward digital equity: Bridging the divide in education. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Neulicht, A. T., Staples, A., & Thomas, S. W. (1996). A functional approach to the assessment of literacy in adults with developmental disabilities. Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Bulletin, 29(2), 28-33.

Koppenhaver, D. A., Steelman, J. D., Pierce, P. L., Yoder, D. E., & Staples, A. (1993). Developing augmentative and alternative communication technology in order to develop literacy. Technology and Disability, 2(3), 32-41. 

Grants: 

FEDERAL

Kliewer, C., Staples, A., Petersen, A., Edmister, E., Garrett, J. (2010). UNI Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language, & Learning.  Department of Education, $750,000, August 2010-July 2012.

Kliewer, C., Staples, A., & Clopton, N. M. (2008). The Inclusive Early Childhood Literate Community Integrated Narrative Development [IND] Software System: Supporting Early Literacy & Communication for All. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, $399,555, June 2009 – May 2013.

Kohler, F., & Staples, A. (2007). The Iowa Exceptional Teacher Project. Department of Education, $479,264. August 1, 2007 – July 30, 2013.

Pugach, M., & Staples, A. H. (1999). Technology and Urban Teaching Project. Department of Education, $1,307,241. September 15, 1999 - September 14, 2002.

 

STATE

Staples, A., Edmister, E., Garrett, J., & Tidwell, D. (2012). Literacy, Language, & Communication for Students with Significant Developmental Disabilities: Reaching Potentials through Systemic & Sustainable Statewide Professional Development Years 4 and 5.  Iowa Department of Education, $599,944. July 2012-December 2014.

Staples, A.H., Kliewer, C., Petersen, A., Garrett, J.W., & Edmister, E. (2010). Literacy Learning and Communication Strategies for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Building Capacity through Systemic and Sustainable Statewide Professional Development. Iowa Department of Education, $1,301,892. July 2010-June 2011, second two years of five-year contract.

Edmister, E., Staples, A., Garrett, J., Kliewer, C., & Petersen, A. (2010). Comprehensive Communication and Literacy Project.  Proposal submitted to the Iowa Department of Education, $891,514, Years 1-2.

Staples, A. H., Kliewer, C., Petersen, A., Garrett, J. W., & Edmister, E. (2009). Literacy Learning and Communication Strategies for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Building Capacity through Systemic and Sustainable Statewide Professional Development. Iowa Department of Education, $754,993. April 2009-June 2011, first two years of five-year contract.

Staples, A. H., & Winn, J. (2003). Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Literacy with Digital Bridges (Year III). University of Wisconsin System, $35,000. August 1, 2003-June 30, 2004.

Staples, A. H., & Pugach, M. C. (2002). Collaborative Electronic Portfolio Project.  University of Wisconsin System and Viva! Eportfolio Initiative. $25,000, July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003.

Staples, A. H., & Winn, J. (2002). Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Literacy with Digital Bridges (Year II). University of Wisconsin System, $49,000. August 1, 2002-June 30, 2003.

Staples, A. H., & Winn, J. (2001). Narrowing the Achievement Gap in Literacy with Digital Bridges (Year 1). University of Wisconsin System, $68,805. August 1, 2001-June 30, 2002.

Staples, A. H., & Buchanan, E. (2000). Discovering History While Bridging the Digital Divide through Multimedia. University of Wisconsin System, $23,011. December 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001.

Staples, A. H., & Campbell, T. (2000). Writing from Inspiration. University of Wisconsin System, $10,980. August 1, 2000-June 30, 2001. 

UNIVERSITY

Hernandez-Saca, D., & Staples, A. (2017). Integrating Assistive Technology into Teacher Preparation Coursework.  $13,102. UNI College of Education.

Staples, A. (2017). Writing on Writing. University of Northern Iowa College of Education Summer Scholarship. $4,000.

Staples, A. (2015). Big Paper Writing: An Analysis of Preschool Children’s Writing in a Social Context. University of Northern Iowa Faculty 2016 Summer Fellowship. $6,669.

Staples, A., & Tidwell, D. (2013). The Big Paper Project. University of Northern Iowa Capacity Building Grants, $9,937.  March 1, 2013 – August 30, 2013.

Staples, A. (2012). The Literate Development of Children with Significant Developmental Disabilities. University of Northern Iowa Professional Development Assignment. September 2012-May 2013.

Staples, A. (2005). UNI Faculty 2006 Summer Fellowship. University of Northern Iowa. Was awarded $5,000 8-week research fellowship to analyze data from study on AAC and inclusion. (Later reduced to $2,500 because scope of work changed). 

PhD

Education: 

BA Psychology, Augustana College
M.Ed. Educational Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill