Nicol R. Howard

Assistant Professor
School of Education-Teaching & Learning Department

Contact

North University Hall
Room 134
P: 909.748.8915
E: Nicol_Howard@redlands.edu

My work is motivated by the encouragement and support I received throughout my own academic journey. I believe that successful education is achieved when students are provided some form of encouragement, support, and/or quality academic direction. In my teaching, I strive to be supportive and available for my own students. Through my research, I examine the potential impact of encouragement and support on achievement for underrepresented K12 students, especially when faced with stereotypes and misinformed perceptions related to their academic ability.  

http://www.nicolhoward.com/

Area(s) of Expertise

Equity in STEM education issues related to professional learning for teachers

Equitable use of technology in K12 education

Computer science curricula development in K12 Education

Blended and online learning program evaluations

International and national database analyses

Inclusion of maker education and design thinking in education

Research and Professional Background Highlights

Nicol Howard is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She previously taught educational technology and research methods courses in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University. Howard has also worked as a Research Assistant in the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) at UCLA. In addition to her experience in higher education, she has taught at the high school level (9th – 12th grades and Special Education) and grades K through 4. She was also a Program Specialist in personalized/blended learning in the Santa Ana Unified School District. Throughout her years in education, she has facilitated multiple courses and professional learning opportunities for new and veteran teachers related to STEM education, educational technology, learning theories, and research methods.

Howard currently serves as the Program Chair for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning SIG, and she co-chairs the Technology SIG for California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE). Howard is also a leader on the board of the Digital Equity Professional Learning Network (PLN) for International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Nicol Howard's concern for certain inequities in education and her research projects have led to workshop and conference presentations (see below) and publications in educational journals, such as the EDUCAUSE Review and the Urban Education Journal. She has also written for Edutopia and Corwin Connect, and co-authored a book (Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers through Connected Resources).

Workshop/Conference Presentations:

Howard, N.R., Crichton, S., & Carter, D. (2016, June). Thinking Beyond a Maker Movement. Taking Making and Design Thinking into Teacher Education. Paper to be presented at Annual Meeting of International Society for Technology in Education. Denver, CO.

Davis, R., Howard, N.R., Cerda, S., Agarwal, R., Schaffer, R. (2016, June). Bridging the Gap: Tackling Digital Equity through Access and Opportunity. Panel to be presented at Annual Meeting of International Society for Technology in Education. Denver, CO.

Howard, N.R. (2016, April). The Influence of Mathematics Identity and Maker Education on Algebra Achievement. Paper to be presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

Howard, N.R., Peppler, K., Crichton, S., Carter, D. (2016, April). Taking Making and Design Thinking into Teacher Education Programs. Panel to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

Howard, N.R., Davis, R., Argwal, R., Cerda, S. (2016, March). Opportunity Divide: Math as a Social Justice Lever. Panel presented at the Annual SxSWedu Conference. Austin, TX.

Howard, N.R. (2016, February). 10 Tips for a 1:1 Chromebook Classroom in a GAFE District. Workshop presented at the Annual EdTechTeacher Summit. San Diego, CA.

Howard, N.R. (2015, December). You've Got to Move it, Move it: Using the Station Rotation Model in the K12 Classroom. Session to be presented at the 2015 eLearning Strategies Symposium. Costa Mesa, CA.

Howard, N.R., Tyson, R., Murphy, J. (2015, March). Making, Tinkering, and Coding in the Classroom. Workshop presented at the Donna Ford Attallah Educator Development Academy 2015 Summit. Orange, CA.

Howard, N. R., & Dabbs, L. (2014, November). Fall Into the Maker Movement: Supporting Teachers in the Process. Workshop presented at the annual San Diego Computer Using Educators Tech Fair. San Diego, CA.

Howard, N. R., & Dabbs, L. (2014, November). Using Social Media to Support Teacher Development. Workshop presented at the annual San Diego Computer Using Educators Tech Fair. San Diego, CA.

Howard, N. R. (2014, March). Tools for Online and Mobile Learning. Paper presented at the annual conference of the California Council on Teacher Education. San Jose, CA.

Howard, N. R., & Howard. K. (2013, April). The Influence of Gender and Socioeconomic Status on Mathematics Evaluation. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

Howard, K. E., Curwen, M. S., Howard, N. R., & Colon-Muniz, A. (2013, March). Attitudes Toward Using Social Networking Sites in Educational Settings with Underperforming Latino Youth: A mixed methods study. Poster session at the annual conference of the California Council on Teacher Education. San Jose, CA.

Beggs, S., Howard, N., & Reid, D. (2012, September). Bullying Experiences of Students with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Emerging Scholars Conference. Orange, CA.

Howard, N. (2012, June). Digital Natives Closing the Gap: Using Technology to Increase Achievement. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Diversity Conference. Vancouver, BC.

Howard, N. R., & Howard, K. (2012, March). Achievement Using Technology. Workshop presented at Computer Using Educators. Palm Springs, CA.

Invited Lectures and Presentations:

Blended Learning with Gooru Learning: Honoring the Human Right to Education. Quarterly Technology Leadership Network Meeting (2015). Invited presentation for San Bernardino County technology leaders. San Bernardino County Office, San Bernardino, CA.

Five "Be"s for the New and Not-So-New Teachers. EdTalk at the Better Together: CA Teachers Summit (2015). Pasadena Convention Center. Pasadena, CA.

Understanding the Life Transitions of K12 Students in Vulnerable Populations. Invited lecture for an undergraduate course (2015). Chapman University, Orange, CA.

Deconstructing Blackness in the Elementary Classroom. Invited lecture for an graduate teacher-education course taught by Lilia Monzo (2015). Chapman University, Orange, CA.

Degrees Held/ Licensures

Nicol Howard earned a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and an M.A. in Educational Technology at Azusa Pacific University. She received her Ph.D. in Education, with an emphasis in Cultural and Curricular Studies from Chapman University. She also holds a California Clear Teaching Credential.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed

Howard, N.R., Crichton, S., & Carter, D. (2015). "Thinking Beyond a Maker Movement: Taking Making into Teacher Education". In preparation. 

 Howard, N. R., & Busse, R. T. (2015). The Influence of Parental Involvement on STEM Achievement in Algebra for Female High School Students. In preparation.

Howard, N.R. (2015). "The Influences of Mathematics Self-Efficacy, Identity, Interest, and Parental Involvement on STEM Achievement in Algebra for Female High School Students". Chapman University, College of Educational Studies, CA. Dissertation.

Howard, K. E., Curwen, M. S., Howard, N. R., & Colon-Muniz, A. (2014). Attitudes Toward Using Social Networking Sites in Educational Settings with Underperforming Latino Youth: A mixed methods study. Urban Education.

Howard, N. R. (2012). I'm not your friend: Social networking in university classes. EDUCAUSE Review Online.

Contributing Works:

Howard, N.R. (2015, October).  5 Be's for Connected and Curious Educators. Edutopia: A George Lucas Foundation.

Howard, N.R. (2015, August). Calling All Students to the Front, Please. Edutopia: A George Lucas Foundation.

Howard, N.R. (2015, July). Four "Be"s for the New and Not-So-New Teachers. Corwin Connect.

Howard, N.R. & Howard, K.E. (2015, June). Dear Micaela: An Open Letter to Our Daughter, A Teacher's Kid. Edutopia: A George Lucas Foundation.

Howard, N.R. (2015, April). Math + Technology = Achievement: Is there Something Missing? Corwin Connect.

Howard, N.R. (2015, April). CyberSafety: Mock it, Don't Block it. Edutopia: A George Lucas Foundation.

Howard, N.R. (2015, March). Deconstructing Blackness. Edutopia: A George Lucas Foundation.

Howard, K. E. & Howard, N. R. (2014, July). 8 considerations for social networks in classrooms. eCampus News.

Books:

Dabbs, L., & Howard, N. R. (2015). Standing in the Gap: Empowering New Teachers Through Connected Resources. Thousand Oaks, CA. Corwin Press, A SAGE Publication.

Technical Reports:

Howard, K. E., Mason, B., Curwen, M.S., Howard, N. R., & Sizelove, G. (2013). Chapman-Orange High School iPad Program Evaluation Phase One Data Report: Spring 2013.  Orange, CA: Chapman University, College of Educational Studies.

Professional Affiliations/Professional Societies/Community Memberships

American Educational Research Association

California Council on Teacher Education National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Computer Science Teachers Association International Society for Technology in Education

National Education Association

Awards

Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award, Chapman University (2016)

James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Award (University-Level), Chapman University  (2015)

Joel Colbert Distinguished PhD in Education Outstanding Student Award (College-Level), Chapman University (2015)

Walter Valentine Endowed Chair Research Award, Chapman University (2014)

American Educational Research Association Institute on Statistical Analysis: Causal Analysis, AERA/NSF Grants Program (2014)

STEM Grant for robotics in elementary classrooms, Education Foundation for Orange County Schools (2014-2015)

Chromebook Grant for 2:1 devices in elementary classrooms, Santa Ana Unified School District Mini-Grant (2014-2015)

STEM and Social Science Grant for Minecraft on CA Missions Project, Orange County Community and Foundation (OCCF)/ FEDCO Grant (2014 - 2015)

Science Grant for Water Exploration Project, Orange County Community and Foundation (OCCF)/ FEDCO Grant (2013 - 2014)

Faculty Appreciation Honoree, Chapman University (2012)

Graduate Scholar Grant for research on the use of social media in higher ed classes, Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations (2012)

Phi Delta Kappa Honors Award, 2010