Faculty and Staff Professional Presentations

Gensemer, E. and MacDonald, E. (July 2017) Presented at the International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference in Orlando, Florida. Gensemer and MacDonald presented Tech Tips and Great Apps for Young Adolescents.

MacDonald, E. (July 2017) Presented at the International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference in Orlando, Florida. MacDonald presented Tech Tools for Literacy & Learning:  Choosing and Using Technology with Struggling Literacy Learners.

Gaskins, R. (July 2017) Presented at the International Literacy Association (ILA) Conference in Orlando, Florida. Gaskins presented Organizing My Thoughts:  Using the Action Cycle Approach to Facilitate a Deep Understanding of Literature, History, and More.
 
Cunicelli, E., Gensemer, E., and MacDonald, E. (October 2016) Presented at the 49th Annual Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) Conference at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Gensemer and MacDonald presentedTechnology Changes Literacy Learning: Sharing A Few of Our Favorite Apps and Tools  and Cunicelli presented Readers and Writers as Innovators.
 
MacDonald, E. (April 2016) Represented the United States at the International Literacy Association's (ILA) ILA Global Network Task Force in Frankfurt, Germany. The task force consists of representatives from seven regions that encompass ILA's network of 81 partner associations from around the world, the ILA vice president, several board members, and ILA staff. 
 
Gaskins, R.W. (April 2016). Developing Deep Understanding of Narrative and Expository Texts: The Action Cycle Approach . Presented at the Cooper Learning Center's Third Annual Dyslexia Conference ("Facets of Dyslexia") in Stratford, NJ. 
 
Hurster, T. [along with Aronson, S., Pojman, A.; and Stone, T.] (February 2016). Contemporary Adolescent Group Psychotherapy:  Method, Madness, and the Fun (a day-long course). Presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) Conference in New York, NY. 
 
MacDonald, E. (January 2016). Tech Tools for Literacy and Learning: Choosing and Using Technology with Struggling Learners. Presented at the Chester County Reading Association January Conference in Downingtown, PA.
 
Hurster, T. (October 2015-May 2016). Advanced Clinical Practice with Adolescents,  Nine  Three-Hour Workshops. Presented for Professional Development at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Gensemer, E., MacDonald, E., and Rahm, M. (October 2015). Re-imagining Literacy Instruction: What's Technology Have To Do With It? Presented at the Keystone Reading Association Conference in Lancaster, PA.
 
Gaskins, R.W. (October 2015). Facilitating Deep Comprehension in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Beyond: The Action Cycle Approach. Presented at the 37th Annual Pennsylvania Branch of the International Dyslexia Association in Strafford, PA.
 
Hurster, T. (October 2015). Ethically Informed Group Psychotherapy.  Presented for the Philadelphia Area Group Pscyhotherapy Association.
 
Hurster, T. [along with Aronson, S., Pojman, A.; and Stone, T.] (February 2015). Contemporary Adolescent Group Psychotherapy:  Method, Madness, and the Fun (a day-long course). Presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) Conference in San Francisco, CA. 
 
North, S. and Rahm, M. (November 2014). Motivating Struggling Readers to Read More.  Presented at the Tri-County Reading Association Literacy Fest in Collegeville, PA. 
 
Keleman, R. and Gensemer, E. (November 2014). Understanding Unique Learning Styles. Presented at the Tri-County Reading Association Literacy Fest in Collegeville, PA. 
 
Cunicelli, B., Gensemer, E., and MacDonald, E. (October 2014). Learn Like a Champion: Meta-cognitive and Executive Skills Instruction for Adolescents.  Presented at the Keystone State Reading Association's 2014 Conference in State College, PA. In addition, Dr. Gensemer and Dr. MacDonald attended meetings in their roles (respectively) of Regional Director and IRA State Coordinator.

Gensemer, E. and MacDonald, E. (May 2014). Teaching middle school students to be meta-cognitive in their literacy learning. Presented at the International Reading Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Hurster, T. (March 2014). Adolescent Group Psychotherapy in the Age of Social Media: Some Ethical Dilemmas. Presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.

MacDonald, E. (May 2014). Tech tools for struggling learners. Presented at the Technology in Literacy Education Special Interest Group Session of the International Reading Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

MacDonald, E. (May 2013) "Scaffolding Literacy Learning Through Collaborative Web Tools." Presented at the International Reading Association Annual Convention, Technology in Education Special Interest Group Round Table.

MacDonald, E. (April 2013). 'Digital Literacy Learning: Tech Tools for Collaboration and Social Interaction." Presented at the Association of Delaware Valley of Independent Schools, Technology Group in Media, PA.

Gensemer, E.W. and Rahm, M. (2013). "Individualizing Fluency Practice Using Technology." Presented at the Keystone State Reading Association Annual Conference.

Gaskins, R.W., Nehring, A. and Solic, K. (December 2013). How would that change the context?: The effects of a conceptually based framework on the depth of thinking of struggling readers during literature discussions. Presented at the 63rd  Annual Literacy Research Association Conference in Dallas, TX.

Hurster, T. (March 2013). Social Media and Adolescent Group Psychotherapy.  Presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. 
 
MacDonald, E. (February  2012).  "Digital Literacy Learning: Tech Tools for Collaboration and Social Interaction." Presented at the Delaware Valley Reading Association

MacDonald, E. (December 2012). "Using Goodreads.com for Online Book Discussions. Presented at the Philadelphia Reading Council in Philadelphia, PA.
 
Hurster, T. (March 2012). Social Media and Adolescent Group Psychotherapy. Presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Annual Meeting in New York, NY.

Gaskins, R.W., and Nehring, A. (May 2012). Helping students understand why characters do what they do: Using the Action Cycle Approach in literature discussion groups. Presented at the 57th Annual International Reading Association Conference in Chicago, IL.

Gaskins, R.W. (February 2011) From academic struggles to life-long success. Presented at Crozer Medical Center as part of the Crozer Pediatrics Grand Rounds Lecture Series in Chester, PA.
 
Hurster, T. (March 2011). Privacy and the New Media: Ethical Liability, and Clinical Issues in Contemporary Adolescent Group Psychotherapy.  Presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Meeting in New York, NY.

MacDonald, E. (April 2011). Teaching Reading in a Web 2.0 World. Presented at the Philadelphia Reading Council in Philadelphia, PA.

Hurster, T. (April 2011). Psychotherapy in the Age of Facebook: Some Ethical Dilemmas. The Keefer and Keefer Lecture in Humanities presented at Beloit College, Beloit, WI.
 
Hurster, T. (March 2011). Privacy and the New Media: Ethical Liability, and Clinical Issues in Contemporary Adolescent Group Psychotherapy.  Presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Meeting in New York, NY.

MacDonald, E. (April 2011). "Teaching Reading in a Web 2.0 World." Presented at the Philadelphia Reading Council in Philadelphia, PA.

Gaskins, R. W., and Gaskins, I.W. (May 2011). A research-based approach to content-area instruction that addresses motivation, vocabulary and comprehension. Presented at the 56 Annual international Reading Association Conference in Orlando, FL.

Gaskins, R.W. and Galloway, E.P. (April 2010). Understanding history: Conducting a collaborative teacher as researcher project in a social studies classroom. Presented at the 55th Annual International Reading Association Conference in Chicago, IL.

 Gaskins, I.W., and Gaskins, R.W. (April 2010). The intersection between content vocabulary and comprehension for struggling readers. Presented at the 55th Annual International Reading Association Conference, in Chicago, IL.

 Gaskins, R.W. (October 2010) The future is unknown, but your child's success doesn't have to be. Presented at Benchmark School as part of the West Family 40th Anniversary Speaker Series in Media, PA.

Gaskins, R.W. (March 2010). Helping struggling readers take control of their own learning. Presented at the Rose Tree Optimists' Club in Media, PA

Gaskins, R.W., and Galloway, E.P. (December 2009). Facilitating students' understanding of expository texts in social studies: Applying an instructional approach centered on the Essential Understandings and Action Cycle. Presented at the 59th National Reading Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

Gaskins, R.W., Gaskins, I.W., Rahm, M., North, S., Morris J., and Galloway, E.P. (May 2009). Facilitating struggling readers' engagement and deep understanding as they interact with narrative and expository texts. Presented at the 54th Annual International Reading Association Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

Gaskins, R.W. (February 2009) Improving Struggling Readers' Understanding of Narrative and Expository Texts. Presented at the 54th Annual International Reading Association Conference West in Phoenix, AR.

Gaskins, R.W., and Galloway, E.P. (December 2008). "Why did they do that?!": Making sense of human history through the essential understanding." Presented at the 58th National Reading Conference in Orlando, FL.

Gaskins, R.W., Satlow, E., and Gaskins, I.W. (November 2007). Essential Understanding: An Alternative Way to Integrate Conceptually-Based Instruction and Literacy Strategies. Presented at the 57th National Reading Conference in Austin, TX.

Gaskins, I.W., Gaskins, R.W., and Satlow, E. (July 2006). Organizing the Science and Social Studies Curriculum - The Role of Literacy. Presented at the Literacy Institute, National Geographic School Publishing and Literacy Achievement Research Center in Washington, D.C.

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Recent Published Articles by Benchmark Staff and Faculty
Hurster, T. (2017). Ethically Informed Group Practice. Handbook of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy: A Practitioner's Reference: New York: Routledge. 
 
MacDonald, E. (December 2014). Literacy Learning and Technology: Why BYOD may not be the answer. Reading Today Online. International Reading Association.
 
MacDonald, E.(October 2014).Choosing effective technology tools for struggling learners. In Technology in Literacy Education Newsletter. Special  Interest Group of the International Reading Association.
 
Gaskins, R.W. (2013). Teaching vocabulary in social studies (without even trying): The Action Cycle Approach. In C. Blachowicz, P. Fisher, D.Ogle, & S. Watts-Taffe, Teaching Academic Vocabulary K-8: Effective Practices Across the Curriculum (pp. 92-96) New York: Guilford Press.
 
Newton, K. J., and Sands, J. (2012). Why don't we just divide across? Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School,
17 (6), 340-345.
 
Gaskins, R.W. (2011). Helping students understand expository text about history by applying the Action Cycle Approach. In J. Paratore and R.L. McCormack (Eds.), After early intervention, then what? Teaching struggling readers in grade 3 and beyond (2nd. ed. ) (pp. 162-185). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.