Sarah J. Kaka
Assistant Professor of Education
B.S. History Education, Illinois State University
M.A. Curriculum & Instruction, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Ph.D. Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Sarah Kaka teaches The Role of the School in addition to secondary methods courses and field experiences. Her main area of focus is secondary social studies. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Her research strives to support educator preparation programs in creating effective, long-term educators in all settings. Prior to making the shift to higher education, Sarah taught high school social studies in Virginia and Colorado.
Select Peer Reviewed Publications and Presentations
Carpenter II, D. M., Kaka, S. J., Tygret, J. A., & Cathcart, K. (2017) Testing the efficacy of a scholarship program for single parent undergraduates. Research in Higher Education. 10.1007/s11162-017-9456-0
Clayton, G., Kaka, S. & Anderson-Pence, K. (2015). Use of video-based coaching with preservice teachers. In Dominguez, N. & Gandert, Y. Editors. New Perspectives in Mentoring: A Quest for Leadership Excellence & Innovation. Paper presented at The Mentoring Institute Annual Conferences, Albuquerque (1254-1257).
Kaka, S. J. (2017). What do students think about their preservice teachers’ ability to impact student learning? Paper accepted at the London International Conference on Education. Cambridge, UK.
Farley, A., Clayton, G., Kaka, S., & Hart, R. (2017). Teacher education in the accountability era: Applying principals of teacher education and evaluation and the use of multiple measures to pre-service teaching. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of Association for Education Finance and Policy. Washington D.C.
Kaka, S. J., Conley, V. M., Grant, L., & Frye, B. (2017) Connecting with Teachers and Partner Schools to Study Program Impact. Paper presentation at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting. Tampa FL.
Kaka, S. J. (2016). Cooperating teachers’ perceptions of their preservice teacher’s abilities to impact student learning. Paper presentation at Northern Rocky Mountain Research Education Association Conference. Reno, NV.
Carpenter II, D. M., Kaka, S. J., Cathcart, K., & Tygret, J. A. (2016). Flying solo: Persistence and achievement among single-parent undergraduates. Paper presentation at NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference. Portland, OR.
Kaka, S. (2015). Differentiating instruction in the social studies classroom. Presentation at National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
Kaka, S. (2015). Social studies and the edTPA. Poster presentation at National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.
Kaka, S. J., Blaisdell, D. & Wester, E. (2015). Teaching historical thinking through sources. Presentation at Colorado Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) Annual Convention. Denver, CO.
Kaka, S. (2014). Inquiry-based assessment in the social studies. Poster presentation at National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference. Boston, MA.
Kaka, S. (2014). Performance-based assessment in the social studies. Presentation at Colorado Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) Annual Convention. Denver, CO.
Selected Grant Activity
- Research grant (2016). University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Leadership, Research, & Foundations. Funding awarded for conducting dissertation research study.
Supporting Rural Educator Recruitment and Retention Grant (2016). Colorado Department of Higher Education. The EPP would partner with rural districts in recruiting and retaining educators in rural public schools. This would include establishing rural Teacher Cadet programs in order to assist with facilitation of a rural teacher pipeline and “grow your own” path; supporting in-service teachers in becoming concurrent enrollment qualified or gain their National Board of Professional Teaching Standards certification; placing student teachers in rural districts; creating a Colorado Rural Educator Network; and establishing a Professional Development Center for Rural Education. Funding not awarded.
Student Teacher Effectiveness Project (2015). Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the Measures of Effective Teaching Project and as Co-PI, video coaching was utilized to determine what effective student teaching looked like. The CLASS observation instrument was used and a Student Perception Survey across three University of Colorado campuses. Pilot funding awarded.
- American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
- American Educational Research Association
- Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association
- NCSS College and University Faculty Assembly
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- National Council for History Education
- Ohio Council for the Social Studies
- National Council for the Social Studies