Sarah Montgomery, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Elementary Education
Phone: 
(319) 273-6757
Office Location: 

SEC 608

Mailing Address: 

618 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0606

Education 

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University, 2009
M.S.Ed., Indiana University, 2006
B.A., Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology, Kalamazoo College, 2002
Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France, 2000-2001

Areas of Expertise 

Elementary Social Studies
Literacy Education & Integration
Service Learning
Critical Literacy & Digital Media
Professional Development School Partnerships
Teacher Inquiry

Research Interests 

Democratic Teaching Practices in K-16 Classrooms
Elementary Social Studies Methods
Service-Learning
Teacher Education

Courses Taught 

Elementary Curriculum
Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
Methods of Teaching Content Literacy in the Intermediate Grades (3-6)

MAE in Elementary Education:
Issues & Trends in Curriculum
Analysis & Improvement of Social Studies Instruction in the Elementary School
Methods and Materials in Literacy Education

Honors & Awards 

University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Northern Iowa, October 2011

Kipchoge Kirkland Social Justice Award, College and University Faculty Assembly; Montgomery, S.E. (2008). "Democratic practice through critical media literacy in the social studies: Lessons from Youth Radio." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly, National Council for the Social Studies, Houston.

Professional Affiliations 

National Council for the Social Studies - Early Childhood & Elementary Community

College & University Faculty Assembly (CUFA)

Iowa Council for the Social Studies

Grants 

UNI Reaching Higher Ground Grant, 2012-2013

PATHWAYS ADVENTURES: Using Historical Documents to Develop Early Literacy, Library of Congress Primary Resources Project Grant 2011

PATHWAYS: Using Historical Documents to Chart the Past, Library of
Congress Primary Resources Project Grant, December 2010

Undergraduate Research Grant, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa, Creating Active Citizens: Children’s Literature Infused Service-Learning Initiatives, November 2010

ComServ Iowa Grant, Iowa Department of Education, July 2010

Undergraduate Research Grant, College of Education, University of Northern Iowa, Service-Learning in Iowa’s Elementary Schools: A Study in Training and Support for Teachers, April 2010

Selected Publications 

Christie, E.M., Montgomery, S.E., Staudt, J. (in press). Little by little: Global citizenship through local action Inspired by Wangari Maathai. Social Studies and the Young Learner.

Rule, A., Montgomery, S., Tallakson, D., Stichter, M., Barness, A., & Decker, A. (2012). Teacher candidate attitude changes after experiencing an arts-integrated unit on Africa. Social Studies Research and Practice, 6(2).

Montgomery, S. E. & Christie, E. M. (2011). A new take on New Year’s celebrations. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 24(2), 14-18.

Montgomery, S.E. (2011). Marva Collins’ method: Providing culturally
relevant pedagogy. Vitae Scholasticae (Special Issue on The Pedagogies of Black Educators).

Montgomery, S. E., & Rule, A. C. (2011). Integrating the arts: Pre-service elementary teachers make African masks of six cultures for social studies lessons with primary grade students. Social Studies Research and Practice, 6(1).

Rule, A. C., & Montgomery, S. E. (2011). Reflections of
pre-service elementary teachers after learning about an African culture through mask-making. Social Studies Research and Practice, 6(1).