Authors: Lisa Dabbs and Nicol R. Howard
Pub Date: August 25, 2015

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Nicol R. Howard

Nicol R. Howard, PhD has had the pleasure of serving as an educator in various capacities over the past years 12 years. She has taught at the high school level (9th – 12th grades and Special Education) in the Compton Unified School District and grades K through 4 in the Corona-Norco Unified District and the Santa Ana Unified School District. She is currently the Program Specialist (for Blended and Personalized Learning) in the Learning Innovation with Technology department in Santa Ana Unified School District.

Dr. Howard is also an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University, where she was named as the doctoral student recipient of the 2015 James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Award (University-Level) and the 2015 Joel Colbert Distinguished PhD in Education Outstanding Student Award (College-Level). In higher education, Nicol has facilitated multiple courses in teacher education related to technology, learning theories, and research methods. Her personal research interests are in the effective use of technology in K12 education and equity issues in STEM Education.

Nicol earned her B.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), her M.A. in Educational Technology at Azusa Pacific University, and her Ph.D. in Education at Chapman University. Her past and present experiences, along with the notion of equity in education (specifically achievement), influence her commitment as an educator, researcher, tech enthusiast, learner, and educational writer. Nicol's concern for certain inequities in education and her research projects have led to publications in educational journals, such as the EDUCAUSE Review and the Urban Education Journal. Additionally, she has also written for Edutopia and the Corwin Connect.

Nicol's commitment to the field of education has led her to speak at various national and international conferences, such as the Annual Conferences for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE), Emerging Scholars Conference (ESC), the Diversity Conference, Computer Using Educators (CUE), and San Diego Computer Using Educators (SDCUE). She has also been invited to guest lecture in university-level classes.

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