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Dr. Laura Isbell

Assistant Professor and Interim Department Head

Curriculum and Instruction

Office Location: Sowers Education South #204

Phone: 903-886-5413


Professional Vita


Stryker, A. & Isbell, L.J. (October, 2015).  Solving universities’ “How should we teach?” lesson planning conundrum.  Consortium of State Organizations for Teacher Education (CSOTTE).  Frisco, TX

Hott, B.L., Isbell, L.J., Walker, J.D.,  Pfannensteil, K., & Shora, N. (October, 2015). The use of a simple data mapping tool to support classroom level RtI implementation. Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD). Las Vegas, NV.

Isbell, L. & Hott, B.L. September 2015). 10 ways to engage students in 20 minutes. Center for Faculty Excellence & Innovation (CFEI).  Commerce, TX

Hott, B.L. & Isbell, L. (June 2015). Positive Behavioral Supports:  Strategies for Classroom Level Implementation. Texas- Council for Exceptional Children (TxCEC). FortWorth, TX.

Hott, B.L. & Isbell, L. (April, 2015). Teacher perceptions of a simple data-mapping tool to plan for student interventions. Annual Research Symposium. Commerce, TX

Cranmore, J. & Isbell, L. (February, 2015,). High school student’s perceptions of college and career readiness. Collegeboard Southwest Regional Forum. Dallas, TX.

Isbell, L. & Hott, B.L. (2015, February). Teachers perceptions of data maps: A simple resource to promote teacher decision making.  Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA). San Antonio, TX.

Isbell, L. (2014, October). The use of technology to enhance RTI instruction. Connect 2 Learn Virtual conference. Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL. 

Isbell, L. & Cranmore, J. (2014, October) Implementing the response to intervention model to incorporate appropriate interventions and to reduce school dropouts. International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention (IATDP). San Antonio, TX.

Isbell, L. (2014, October).  Using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model to Understand RTI. Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD). Philadelphia, TX.

Isbell, L.  (2014, September).  Response to Intervention: Understanding the Model for Classroom Instruction. Paper presented to the Annual Texas Association for the      Improvement of Reading (TAIR). Denton, TX.

Hott, B., Isbell, L, Limberg, D. (2014, July).  Using research to determine evidence-based interventions: Practical tips for teachers. Texas- Council for Exceptional Children       (TxCEC).  Fort Worth, TX.

Isbell, L (2014, April). Understanding secondary teachers’ concerns about response to intervention: Using the concerns-based adoption model. American Educational       Research Association (AERA) Conference. Philadelphia, TX.

Isbell, L. (2013, November). RTI: A strategy to reach all students. Texas State Teachers Association. TSTA District 4 Conference. Texas Wesleyan University.  Fort Worth, TX.

Isbell, L. (2013, September). Tools for Success. Doctoral Student Association (DSA). Denton, TX.

Isbell, L. (2013, September). Talking Points: Reader Response Theory on Modern Fiction. Denton, TX.

Isbell, L. (2012, June). Understanding teacher concerns using RTI as an innovation. Paper presented to the Curriculum Studies Summer Collaborative (CSSC). Savannah, GA.

Isbell, L. (2012, February) Educator preparation as a factor in disproportionality. Paper Presented to the annual Association for Teacher Educators (ATE).  San Antonio, TX.      

Isbell, L. (2011, October) Behavior management: Positive psychology to motivate students. Paper presented to the annual Community College Humanities Association (CCHA).  Fort Worth, TX.

Isbell, L. (2011, September). Positive behavior intervention supports. Paper presented to the Annual Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading (TAIR). Denton, TX.    

Isbell, L. (2011, March) Response to intervention: The need for change. Paper presented to the annual Educational Research Exchange (ERE). Denton, TX                   

Isbell, L. (2010, November) Understanding differences:  Transfer and non-transfer portfolio Scores. Paper presented to the annual Center for Research, Evaluation, and           Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE). Houston, TX

Isbell, L. & Sanders, A. (2010). Superheroes choose their destinies:  The motivating power of choice during reading workshop. Presented at the North Texas Council of Teachers of E  English Language Arts Conference on literacy, Bedford, TX.  

Isbell, L., Sanders, A., Dixon-Krauss, L., & Harris, M. (2010). UNT alumni perceptions and faculty response. Presented at the Texas National Association of Multicultural Education, Denton, TX.

Post Conference Materials

Isbell, L. CLD International Conference. Using the Concerns-Based Adoption Model to U  Understand RTI.  Published on CLD International Conference website: (By invitation)

Virtual Conference

Sanders, A. & Isbell, L.  Co-collaborator of virtual conference (2015):

Invited Lecturer

Spring, 2015.   RTI: Understanding the model. SED 400 & 401. SED 404 & 405. Texas A&M-Commerce

Fall, 2014RTI: Understanding the model. SED 400 & 401. SED 404 & 405. Texas A&M-Commerce

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