Mary Catherine Scheeler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Special Education

Education

Expertise

    • Instructional design and delivery for students with mild disabilities
    • Behavior and classroom management strategies for teachers 
    • Teacher training and supervision

Professional Activities

    • Association for Behavior Analysis
    • The Council for Exceptional Children
            Division for Learning Disabilities
            Division for Teacher Education
            Division for Research

Honors

    • Penn State Great Valley Outstanding Teaching Award, 2008
    • TED Publication Award, Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2007
    • Outstanding Dissertation Award, Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division, 2004
    • Diversity Recognition Award, Penn State Great Valley, 2002
    • Outstanding Woman Recognition Award, Penn State Great Valley, 2002
    • Penn State Great Valley Outstanding Teaching Award, 1994

Education

    • Ph.D. - Penn State, Special Education
    • M.Ed. - Penn State, Special Education
    • B.S. - Penn State, Special Education and Elementary Education

Courses

    • SPLED 401 - Motivating Exceptional Learners
    • SPLED 412 - Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities
    • SPLED 530 - Problems in the Education of the Learning Disabled
    • SPLED 595B - Field Experiences in Off-Campus Laboratories
    • SPLED 595C - Internship in Special Education Supervision
    • SPLED 596 - Individual Studies
    • SPLED 600 - Independent  Research

Research Interests

    • Nature and impact of providing effective feedback to teachers
    • Effective instruction for students with mild disabilities
    • Techniques to enhance academic and behavioral persistence

Citations

Articles Published in Refereed Journals

Scheeler, M. C., Bruno, K., Grubb, E., & Seavey, T. L. (in press). Generalizing teaching techniques from university to K-12 classrooms: Teaching preservice teachers to use what they learn. Journal of Behavioral Education.
 
Scheeler, M. C., Congdon, M., & Stansbery, S. (in press). Providing immediate feedback
to co-teachers through bug-in-ear technology: An effective method of peer coaching in inclusion classrooms. Teacher Education and Special Education.
 
Scheeler, M. C., Macluckie, M., & Albright, K. E. (in press). Effects of immediate feedback delivered by peer tutors on oral presentation skills of adolescents with learning disabilities. Remedial and Special Education.
 
Scheeler, M. C. (2008). Generalizing effective teaching skills: The missing link in teacher preparation. Journal of Behavioral Education, 17, 145-159.

Scheeler, M. C., Macluckie, M., & Albright, K. E. (in press). Effects of immediate feedback delivered by peer tutors on oral presentation skills of adolescents with learning disabilities.  Remedial and Special Education.

Auld, R G., Belfiore, P. J., & Scheeler, M. C.  (2007). Preparing preservice teachers to use positive behavior supports in general education classrooms. Pennsylvania Teacher Educator, 6, 50-57.

Scheeler, M. C., McAfee, J. K., Ruhl, K. L., & Lee, D. L. (2006).  Effects of corrective feedback delivered via wireless technology on preservice teacher performance and student behavior.  Teacher Education and Special Education, 29, 12-25.

Currie, D., Lee, D. L., & Scheeler, M. C. (2005).  Using PDAs to increase the homework completion of students with ADHD.  Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, 6, 151-164.

Lee, D. L., Belfiore, P. J., Scheeler, M. C., Hua, Y., & Smith, R. (2004). Behavioral momentum in academics: Using embedded high-p sequences to increase academic productivity. Psychology in the Schools, 41, 789 – 801.

Scheeler, M. C., Ruhl, K. L., & McAfee, J. K. (2004). Providing performance feedback to teachers: A review. Teacher Education and Special Education, 27, 396 – 407.

Belfiore, P. J., Lee, D. L., Scheeler, M. C., & Klein, D. (2002). Implications of behavioral momentum and academic achievement for students with behavior disorders: Theory, application, and practice. Psychology in the Schools, 39, 171-179.

Scheeler, M. C., & Lee, D. L. (2002).  Using technology to deliver immediate corrective feedback to preservice teachers. Journal of Behavioral Education, 11, 231 – 241.

McAfee, J. K., & Scheeler, M. C. (1987). Accommodation of adults who are mentally retarded in community colleges: A national study. Education and Training in Mental Retardation, 22, 262 – 267.

Selected Conference Presentations - International

Lee, D. L., Belfiore, P. J., Scheeler, M. C., & Smith, R. (2002, May). The effects of behavioral momentum and quality of reinforcement on latency to initiate non-preferred mathematics problems. In D. L. Lee (Chair), Increasing academic workload using behavioral momentum and task interspersal procedures: Implications for classroom teachers. Symposium conducted at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Toronto, ON.

Scheeler, M. C. (2002, May). Increasing completion of three-term contingency trials through immediate corrective feedback. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Toronto, ON.

Scheeler, M. C., Ferko, D., & Lee, D.L. (2002, May). Using technology to provide feedback to classroom teachers. In M. C. Scheeler (Chair), Use of technology in teacher training. Symposium conducted at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Toronto, ON.

Scheeler, M. C. (2002, May) Discussant for session – A summary of teaching ABA to preservice teachers. In J. Grskovic (Chair), Using applied behavior analysis to solve everyday problems: Teaching ABA to teachers. Symposium conducted at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Toronto, ON.

Selected Conference Presentations - National

Scheeler, M. C. (2008, November). Are we forgetting something? Why we need generalization training in teacher preparation. Presentation at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division, Dallas, TX.
 
Scheeler, M. C., & Rock, M. L., Lee, D. L. (2008, November). Bug-in-Ear technology: Exploring alternative devices and examining effects on teacher behavior. Presentation at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division, Dallas, TX.

Scheeler, M. C. & Kaiserman, J.  (2008, April). Peer coaching, collaboration, and feedback- Making the most of the time we have. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Boston, MA.

Auld, R., & Scheeler, M. C. (2008, March). Positive behavior support training for pre-service teachers in general education settings. Poster presented at the 5th annual conference on positive behavior support, Chicago, IL.

Scheeler, M. C., Lee, D. L., & Hildebrand, K. E. (2007, November). Formative assessment and immediate feedback in teacher preparation: Using data to drive decisions.  Paper presented at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division, Milwaukee, WI.

Scheeler, M. C. (2007, April). Use what you learn – Generalizing teaching techniques from college to classrooms. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Louisville, KY.

Scheeler, M. C. & Macluckie, M. (2007, April). How adolescents with learning disabilities conquered public speaking:  Immediate feedback to the rescue! Poster presented at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Louisville, KY.

Scheeler, M. C. (2007, September). Promoting generalization of newly acquired teaching techniques by preservice teachers.  Paper presented at the annual Behavior Analysis Research Colloquium, University Park, PA.  

Scheeler, M. C. (2006, April). Using immediate feedback to improve expressive communication in secondary-aged students with learning disabilities. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Salt Lake City, UT.

Scheeler, M. C. (2005, November). Promoting generalization of pre-service teacher behavior from college to classrooms – One technique. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division, Portland, ME.

Scheeler, M. C. (2004, November). Effects of corrective feedback delivered via wireless technology on preservice teacher performance and student behavior.   Keynote Presentation at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division, Albuquerque, NM.

Scheeler, M. C. (2004, April). Talking to teachers: How to use feedback effectively and efficiently.  Paper presented at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, New Orleans, LA. 

Scheeler, M. C., & Ruhl, K. L.  (2004, April). Don’t wait! Using immediate feedback to improve teacher performance.  Paper presented at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, New Orleans, LA.

Scheeler, M. C., Ruhl, K. L., McAfee, J. K., & Lee, D. L. (2003, November). How to talk so your student teachers will listen.  Poster presented at the annual conventionof the Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division, Biloxi, MI .

Lee, D. L., & Scheeler, M. C. (2003, May). Behavioral momentum in academics: Usingembedded high-p sequences to increase journal writing. In P. J. Belfiore (Chair), Increasing academic performance and persistence using behavioral momentum. Symposium conducted at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.

Scheeler, M. C., Lee, D. L., & Currie, D. (2003, May). Effects of using handheld computers as prompts to increase homework completion with middle school students. In M. C. Scheeler (Chair), Using technology in the classroom: Prompts and feedback. Symposium conducted at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis, San Francisco, CA.

Scheeler, M. C., McAfee, J. K., Ruhl, K. L., Lee, D. L., & Neisworth, J. K. (2002, August). Effects of immediate corrective feedback on preservice teacher performance. Poster presented at the National Conference on Autism, University Park, PA.

Scheeler, M. C. (2002, August). Integrating technology and immediate corrective feedback in supervision of special education student teachers. Presentation at the National Conference on Autism, University Park, PA.

Scheeler, M. C. (2002, October). Immediate corrective feedback: Implications for preservice teachers.  Paper presented at the annual Behavior Analysis Research Colloquium, University Park, PA.

Scheeler, M. C., Casciato, D., & Wrabley, M. E. (1998, November). Stepping out of the box: Non-traditional approaches to field experiences with non-traditional students.Presentation at the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children,Teacher Education Division, Dallas, TX.

Beverly, C., & Scheeler, M. C. (1997, November). If you can’t take your students to the field, bring the field to your students: An application based program for non-traditional pre-service special education teachers. Presentation at the annualconvention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division, Savannah, GA.

Sponsored Research

Penn State Great Valley Summer Research Award (Summer, 2008). Using immediate
corrective feedback with teachers to improve instruction.

Penn State Great Valley Research Development Award (December, 2007).  Effects of peer coaching using immediate feedback delivered via wireless technology on effectiveness of teaching techniques in inclusive settings.

Penn State Great Valley Summer Research Award (Summer, 2006).  Effects of immediate,
corrective feedback on public speaking skills in high school students with learning disabilities
.

Penn State Great Valley Summer Research Award (Summer, 2004). Effects of teaching to
    mastery and generalization training on preservice teacher performance
.

Penn State Great Valley Research Development Award (Spring, 2001).  Using handheld 
    computers as a tool for self-management in academic settings
.(with D. L. Lee).