Susan M Syverud

Associate Professor

Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education • College of Education & Human Services

Areas of Expertise

Literacy (preventing reading failures and increasing academic achievement of struggling learners), Teacher Education (preparing highly qualified educators within an urban professional development school model)

Education

Ph.D. Special Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison

2004

 

M.S. Special Education: Learning Disabilities

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1993

 

B.S. Economics

University of Wisconsin-Madison

1990

Biography

Dr. Susan Syverud graduated with a Ph.D in Special Education in 2004 with a focus on Learning Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

She serves as Professor-in-Residence at Urban Professional Development School Woodland Acres Elementary and is currently developing an International Professional Development School partnership with the University of Belize and Kuxlin Ha Government Primary School in Belmopan, Belize. She primarily teaches the undergraduate and graduate literacy courses in her department.

 

Her research interests include preventing reading failures, increasing academic achievement levels of struggling learners, preparing highly qualified educators within an urban professional development school model and developing international professional development school partnerships.

Awards

2009 Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award- The University of North Florida/Duval County Schools Urban Professional Development School Partnership, an innovative partnership for preparing teachers in Jacksonville, was the inaugural recipient of the Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement.

Affiliations

• Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation
• National Association for Professional Development Schools
• Association for Teacher Educators
• Council for Exceptional Children
• Association for Direct Instruction
 

 

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Syverud, S., Reed, D., & Kemppainen, J. (2014). International Initiatives Grant: International Professional Development School. $90,000. UNF International Center.

Syverud, S. (2014). Technology Enhanced Literacy Instruction. $5,600. Main Street America Group Grant.
 

Patterson, K., Syverud, S., Shaw, S., Guardino, C., & Reed, D. (2011-2012) Community-Based Transformational Learning Engaged Department Grant. $12,000.00. UNF Center for Community-Based Learning.


Diley, R., Guardino, C., & Syverud, S. (2011). Teaching Phonics to Struggling Readers who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Student Mentored Academic Research Team (SMART) Grant. $1000.00 to faculty. $500 to student Office of Undergraduate Research Grant.


Syverud, S.M. (2010). “Teaching Beginning Reading to Children with a Hearing Loss: Further Inquiry of the Impact of Phonological Instruction.” $500.00 COEHS Faculty Support Grant.


Syverud, S.M. & Hall, K.W. (2010). “Impacting Literacy in Our Urban Professional Development School Communities: Professors in Residence in Action.” $8,000.00 UNF Foundation Board Grant.


Syverud, S.M. (2009). “Adding Another Tool to the Toolbox: Using Visual Phonics to Help Struggling Deaf Readers.” $500.00 COEHS Faculty Support Grant.


Syverud, S.M. (2005). “Matching Book” Grant. $10,000.00 Total Award--$ 5,000 from the Literacy Empowerment Foundation and $5,000 from COEHS. The books from this award were given to the children of Belize.
 

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Syverud, S., Delane, D., & Raiser, L. (in press). A stone of hope: Preparing masterful  Readers and teachers in an urban professional development school. In Yendol-Hoppey, D., Shanley, D., & Delane, D. (Eds.) Working Together: Enhancing Urban Educator Quality through Partnerships. Charlottte, North Carolina:
Information Age Publishing.

 

Guardino, C., Syverud, S.M., Joyner, A., Nicols, H., & Maurer, S. (2011). Further Evidence of the effectiveness of phonological instruction with Oral-Deaf Readers. American Annals of the Deaf, 155(5), 562-568.

 

Witsell, K., Keenan, D., Nelson, F., Daniel, L., Syverud, S., Hall, K., & O’Farrell, C. (2009). Evolving through collaboration and commitment: The Story of the North Florida Urban Professional Development School Partnership. School-University Partnerships, 3(2), 42-57.

 

Syverud, S.M. Guardino, C., & Selznick, D. (2009). Teaching phonological skills to A deaf first grader. American Annals of the Deaf, 154(4), 382-388.

 

Webb, K.W., Seabrooks, J.J., Patterson, K.B., & Syverud, S.M (2008). Evidenced based practices that promote transition to postsecondary education: Listening to a decade of expert voices. Exceptionality.16(4), 192-206.

 

Patterson, K.B., Syverud, S.M., & Seabrooks, J.J (2008). A call for collaboration: Not jack of all trades. Kappa Delta Pi Record, 45(1), 16-21.

 

Patterson, K. B. & Syverud, S.M. (2006). Beyond parent involvement: Facilitating successful partnerships with culturally and linguistically diverse families. Journal of Multicultural and Special Education. http://www.multiculturaljournal.com/issues/
 

Invited Presentations

Syverud, S.M. (2016). Fostering effective global citizenship through teacher preparation. Florida Network of Global Studies Conference. February, 25, 2016. University of Central Florida. Orlando, Florida.

 

Syverud, S., Reed, D., & Kemppainen, J. (2016). An update on the development of the of a UNF International Professional Development School partnership in Belize. Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation Winter Conference 2016. February 5, 2016. Placencia, Belize.

 

Reed, D. & Syverud, S. (2016). Quality Assurance: Sharing best practices across higher educational institutions. College Administrator/Faculty Experience (CAFÉ) of Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC), February 3, 2016.

 

Syverud, S.M. (2016). Increasing reading achievement for young struggling readers. First Annual Drive-In Literacy Conference held by the Duval Reading Council. January 23, 2016. Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Rosales, R. (2016). A celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday: Why reading matters?, January 15, 2016. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. (2012). Why not Direct Instruction? ICARE Assembly. October 30, 2012. Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Syverud, SM. (2012). RTI intervention for 1st and 2nd grade readers. Fourth Annual Florida Literacy Coaches Association Symposium. May 21, 2012. University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.

 

Barth, D., Catoe, S., Badiali, B., Washell, D., Syverud, S., & Alderfer, K.A. (2010). A conversation with the 2009 winners of the NAPDS Award for Exemplary PDS Achievement. March 11, 2010. Orlando, Florida.

 

Peer-reviewed Scholarly Conference Presentations

Stevenson, C., Syverud, S., & Friedlander, M. (2016). Expanding the depth and breadth of a university-school partnership by engaging your local community: Our success stories can by yours. 2016 National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference. March 5, 2016. Washington, DC.

 

Syverud, S.M., Jones, M., Stevenson, C. (2016). Reading matters. A university-school collaboration that evolved to prevent reading failure. 2016 National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference. March 5, 2016. Washington, DC.

 

Syverud, S.M. Reed, D., Kemppainen, J., Stevenson, C., Gray, D. Kohn, D. (2016). An international professional development school partnership between the University of North Florida and the University of Belize and Kuxlin Ha Government Primary School. 2016 National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference. March 5, 2016. Washington, DC.

 

Syverud, S.M., Lipps, B., Santucci, J., Vinachi, J. (2016). Preservice teacher candidates impacting the literacy skills of struggling first grade readers, including English Language Learners and children with disabilities. 2016 National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference. March 4, 2016. Washington, DC.

 

Syverud, S. & Jones, M. (2015). A university-school partnership’s commitment to equity. Community Engaged Scholars Luncheon and Showcase. November 13, 2015. University of North Florida.

 

Syverud, S. Adolphson, T., Hancock, A., Hemphill, Q., Santucci, J., & Myers, S. (2015). Preparing candidates to become change agents for struggling readers, including children with disabilities. 2015 Florida Councill for Exceptional Children Conference. October 3, 2016. Orlando, Florida.

 

Syverud, S. Reed, D., Seabrooks-Blackmore, J., Patterson, K., Hersh, B., Meyers, S., & Santucci, J. (2015) A university-schools partnership that fosters citizenship for children with disabilities. 2015 Florida Councill for Exceptional Children Conference. October 2, 2016. Orlando, Florida.

 

Syverud, S. (2015). Increasing the reading achievement levels of young struggling readers. 2015 TEACH Conference. September 12, 2015. Jacksonville, Florida.
 

Syverud, S.M., Reed, D., & Kemppainen, J. (2015). Internationally expanding our Professional Development Schools partnership: The Universities of North Florida and Belize Connection. The 2015 Professional Development School National Conference. March 5, 2015. Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Reed, D. (2015). An institutional commitment to equity: Fostering effective citizenship in an Urban Professional Development School Partnership. The 2015 Professional Development School National Conference. March 5, 2015. Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Syverud, S.M., Vinachi, J., Kontol, L. & Keating, C. (2015). Preparing candidates to become change agents for struggling readers, including English Language Learners. The 2015 Professional Development School National Conference. March 5, 2015. Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Kempainnen, J. & Syverud, S.M. (2015). The UNF and UB Professional Development Schools partnership. Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation Winter Conference 2015. Corozal, Belize.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Feagins, T. (2014). Closing the achievement gap in our schools: A commitment to equity. 2014 Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference. October 17, 2014. Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M., Reed, D.S., Stevenson, C., Ramdas, M., Klabacka, D., Veneziale, B., & Stowers, A. (2014). Let’s talk: The University of North Florida’s commitment to reflective practices. 2014 Professional Development Schools National Conference. March, 2014. Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Stevenson, C., Syverud, S.M., & Klabacka, D. (2014). The evolving role of a Resident Clinical Faculty member: Impacting teacher training and retention, cultivating meaningful corporate partnerships, and increasing student achievement. 2014 Professional Development Schools National Conference. March, 2014. Las
Vegas, Nevada.

 

Veneziale, B. & Syverud, S.M. (2014). To the PDS classroom and beyond: A commitment to making a difference. 2014 Professional Development Schools National Conference. March, 2014. Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Syverud, S.M. (2013). Increasing the reading achievement levels in an urban professional development school: Collaborating on Tiers 2 and 3 response to intervention. 2013 Professional Development Schools National Conference. February 14, 2013. New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Reed, D.S. (2013). Fostering civic awareness of our teacher candidates in a PDS context: Meeting the needs of school partners, struggling learners, and students with exceptionalities. 2013 Professional Development Schools National Conference. February 14, 2013. New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Reed, D.S. (2013). Making a positive difference in our urban professional development schools. 2013 Professional Development Schools National Conference. February 14, 2013. New Orleans, Louisiana.


 

Syverud, S., Feagins, T., Stevenson, C., & Wine, S. (2012). Impacting student achievement in an urban school today and tomorrow: A professional development school partnership success story. 2012 Florida Association of Teacher Educators Crown/Panhandle Regional Conference & Inquiry Showcase. April 21, 2012.
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

 

Syverud, S., Gannon, G., & Kurtz, K. (2012). Urban professional development school partners impacting early literacy achievement. 2012 Professional Development Schools National Conference. March 10, 2012. Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Syverud, S., Reed, D., Keller, S., Stevenson, C., & Ramdas, M. (2012). A continuum of clinical preparation: The urban professional development school model of the University of North Florida. 2012 Professional Development Schools National Conference. March 9, 2012. Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Syverud, S., & Guardino, C., Nichols, H., & Joyner, A., (2011). The impact of phonological instruction on struggling Deaf readers in a total communication setting. Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium. April 15, 2011. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Diley, R., Guardino, C., & Syverud, S. (2011). The efficacy of using phonological awareness strategies to teach Reading to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium. April 15, 2011. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Hall, K.W. (2011). Preparing candidates to teach reading in an urban professional development school: The impact of a tertiary prevention for first graders at-risk for failure. 2011 Professional Development Schools National Conference. March 13, 2011. New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Joyner, A.E., Nicols, H.L., Syverud, S.M., & Guardino, C.A. (2011). Impacting Deaf struggling readers: The outcomes of phonological instruction. 1st Annual Florida Statewide Student Research Symposium. March 5, 2011. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Guardino, C., Syverud, S., Joyner, A., & Nicols, H., Joyner, A.(2011). A phonological instruction package delivered in a total communication setting: Did it hit home? Research presented at Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 2011 Conference. February 18, 2011. Fort Worth, Texas.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Guardino, C. (2010). Impacting deaf struggling readers: The outcomes of phonological instruction. Florida Educators of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Individuals. December 3, 2010. Altamonte Springs, Florida.

 

Guardino, C. & Syverud, S.M. (2010). Involving undergraduates in multiple case study research: Reflections on a rewarding experience. Engagement in Undergraduate Research at the Florida Statewide Symposium at the University of Central Florida. October 9, 2010.Orlando, Florida.

 

Guardino, C. & Syverud, S.M. (2010). Teaching phonological skills to young deaf struggling readers using a Direct Instruction curriculum. International Congress on the Education of the Deaf. July 21, 2010. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

Syverud, S.M., Guardino, C., & Selznick, D. (2010). Teaching phonological decoding skills to a deaf first grader: A promising strategy. Council for Exceptional Children 2010 Convention and Expo. April 23, 2010. Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Syverud, S.M., Hall, K.W., & Alderfer, K.A. (2010). Teacher candidates making an impact with struggling first grade readers in an urban professional development school. Researched presented at 2010 Professional Development Schools National Conference. March 12, 2010. Orlando, Florida.

 

Syverud, S., Guardino, C., Joyner, A., Nicols, H., & Maurer, S. (2010). Further evidence of the effectiveness of phonological instruction with oral-deaf readers. Research presented at Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 2010 Conference. February 18, 2010. Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Joyner, A., Nicols, H., Maurer, S., Guardino, C., & Syverud, S. (2010). Undergraduate researchers: Reflections of a rewarding experience. Poster presentation at Association of College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 2010 Conference. February 18, 2010. Lexington, Kentucky.

 

Syverud, S. Nelson, F. Keenan, D., Daniel, L., Hall, K., O’Farrell, C., & Witsell, K. (2010). Owning the future through action and commitment: The story of an evolving school-university collaboration. Paper presentation at 2010 Association of Teacher Educators. February 15, 2010. Chicago, Illinois.

 

Hall, K.W. & Syverud, S.M. (2010). Teacher candidates/literacy methods students making an impact on struggling first grade readers in an urban professional development school. Research presented at Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Conference. February 13, 2010. Savannah, Georgia.

 

Syverud, S., Guardino, C., & Selznick, D. (2009). Teaching phonological skills to a Deaf First grader: A promising strategy. Research presented at Florida Summit for Childhood Deafness. September 25, 2009. Renaissance Resort, Saint Augustine, Florida.

 

Selznick, D.N., Syverud, S.M., & Guardino, C. (2009). Teaching phonics to a struggling reading with a hearing loss. Research presented Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium. April 3, 2009. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Patterson, K.B., Syverud, S.M., & Seabrooks, J. (2008, May). The effects of response cards on off-task and academic performance of African-American boys with emotional and behavioral disorders. Paper presented at the 34th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention. May 25, 2008. Chicago, Illinois.

 

Patterson, K.B., Robinson, S., Syverud, S.M. & Seabrooks, J. (2008, May). Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the University of North Florida. Expo at the 34th Annual Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention, May 25, 2008. Chicago, Illinois.

 

Patterson, K.B., Syverud, S.M., Hunt, K. Tomey, R, Daskawisz, S. Monroy, C., Richmond, R. Ulloa, A. (2008, April). From research to practice: Preservice teachers replicate action research into classrooms with real results. 2008 Celebration of Education Day. April 10, 2008. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Patterson, K.B. (2008, April). Teaching beginning reading. Florida Fund for Minority Teachers 12th Annual Recruitment & Retention Conference. April 6, 2008. Orlando, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Patterson, K.B. (2008, April). Teaching beginning reading. Florida Fund for Minority Teachers 12th Annual Recruitment & Retention Conference. April 5, 2008. Orlando, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Patterson, K.B. (2007, September). A win-win outcome: Preservice teachers tutoring struggling first graders. Florida Association of Teacher Educators 2007 Annual Conference. September 28, 2007. Orlando, Florida.

 

Syverud, S., Raiser, L., & Stevenson, C. (2007, March). Affecting generations: A decade of collaboration between the University of North Florida and Woodland Acres Elementary. 2007 Celebration of Education Day. University of North Florida. March 30, 2007. Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. (2007, January). Explicit, systematic, and synthetic phonics instruction: Learning from examples and non-examples. 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. January, 2007. Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Syverud, S.M. (2007, January). Modifying content area instruction. 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. January, 2007. Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

Cavanaugh, T., McCrudden, M., Hall, K. & Syverud, S. (2006, November). Reading, reading material, and research. Florida Education Research Association Annual Conference. November, 2006. Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Patterson, K.B. (2006, November). Pre-service student teachers providing a safety net in reading for struggling first graders. Teacher Education
Conference. November, 2006. San Diego, California.

 

Patterson, K. B., & Syverud, S. M., Seabrooks, J. (2006, May). The effects of guided notes on African American males with emotional and behavioral disorders. Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Convention. May 27, 2006. Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Patterson, K.B., Syverud, S.M., Seabrooks, J. (2006, January). A positive intervention for students with learning disabilities: Using guided notes. Florida Division for Learning Disabilities: Rising to the Challenge. January 28, 2006. Orlando, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. & Patterson, K.B. (2006, January). Advancing young children in reading. Florida Division for Learning Disabilities: Rising to the Challenge. January 28, 2006. Orlando, Florida.

 

Patterson, K.B., & Syverud, S.M. (2005, January). Using guided notes to improve the academic performance of minority students with emotional or behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. Florida Division for Learning Disabilities: The ABCs of SLD. January 29, 2005. Orlando, Florida.

 

Syverud, S.M. (2005, January) Empowering parents: Learn how to teach your preschooler to read. Florida Division for Learning Disabilities: The ABCs of SLD. January 29, 2005. Orlando, Florida.
 

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