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Dr Stacie Wolbert


Dr. Stacie Wolbert, Department Chair 
219 Butterfield Hall
Concentration: Social Studies
Phone:  (814)732-1719  

As chair of the Department of Elementary, Middle and Secondary Education, I would like to welcome you to our department. I hope that your visit to our web page is informative, whether you are simply browsing to learn more about us or whether you are interested in our degree programs.  The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs for middle level and secondary school teachers.Our programs are designed to provide initial licensure for those entering the teaching profession or advanced degrees for practicing teachers who wish to further develop their expertise. 

We invite you to explore our program offerings, get to know our faculty and learn more about our programs. For additional information, please contact us at (814) 732-2830.

Dr. Stacie Wolbert
Chair, Department of Middle & Secondary and Educational Leadership


Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Masters of Education in Science Education, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor's Degree and Teacher Certification, Clarion University of Pennsylvania



ELED 340: Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
ELED 350: Teaching and Learning Elementary School Mathematics
ELED 360: Methods of Teaching Sciences in the Elementary School
ELED 361: Methods in Science and Mathematics
SEDU 183: Educational Technology and Computer Literacy
SEDU 271: Education in a Multicultural Society
SEDU 300: Urban Seminar
SEDU 306: Content Literacy
SEDU 381: Measurement and Evaluation in the Middle and Secondary Classroom
SEDU 475: Secondary Education Field Experience
SEDU 495: Student Teaching
MLED 360: Developmentally Appropriate Middle Level Features and Practices
MLED 475: Middle Level Education Field Experience


SEDU 675: Teaching Methods for Middle and Secondary Classrooms
SEDU 731: Technology and Instructional Media
SEDU 774: Issues in American Education
SEDU 786: Secondary and Middle School Curriculum
MLED 775: Enhanced Teaching Methods in Middle Schools


Funded Grant Activity

2012    Department of Environmental Protection Grant, $3.600
2012    PA-Penn Lake National Writing Project SEED Grant $20,000
2011    Gate’s Literacy Design Collaborative $1,000
2010    University Faculty Research Senate Grant
2008    WJET TV/Oprah’s Big Give Grant $1,200
2007    Kappa Delta Pi Classroom Teacher Grant Recipient, $500
2006    Department of Environmental Protection Mini-Grant Recipient, $1,200


Laying Solid Foundations and Building Strong Relationships: Rejuvenating an Urban 
Middle Level PDS

Perceptions of Writing in an Urban Middle School, Co-researcher Dr. Jo Holtz

 Learning to Team: Teaming to Learn, Co-researcher Dr. Whitney Wesley

The Effects of Implementing an Interactive Student Response System in Mathematics Classrooms on Student Achievement and Engagement, Co-Researcher Leah Hesch


Wolbert, S. (2012). "Put me in, teach": Using cultural immersion experiences to gain greater       understanding of urban students, schools and communities. Pennsylvania Teacher Educator, 11, 35- 49.

Wolbert, S. (2010). The impact of an urban immersion field experience on teacher candidates' concerns  regarding teaching in urban districts: A cross-university comparison.  (Doctoral dissertation, Indiana  University of Pennsylvania).


2004    The Power of Portfolios . Presented at the 6th Annual Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education Conference Dallas, Texas.


2011    The Impact of an Urban Immersion Field Experience on Teacher Candidates’ Concerns Regarding Teaching in Urban Districts: A Cross-University Comparison Paper presented at the 43rd  Annual New England Education Research Organization Conference, New Bedford, MA .

2010    Urban Teacher Shortages: Are Professional Development Schools Making a Difference? Paper presented at the 42nd  Annual New England Education Research Organization Conference, Portsmouth, NH .

2010    The Effect of Specific Reflective Practices on Pre-service Teacher Pedagogy. Paper co-presented at the 42nd Annual New England Education Research Organization Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

2010    Inquiry into Apples: Why Inquiry is NOT a Four Letter Word? Co-presented at the Northwest Pennsylvania Middle School Association Professional Development Institute, Titusville, PA.

 2009    Teacher Interns, Developing the Characteristics of Effective Teachers Through Urban Experience. Co-presented at the 41st Annual New England Educational Research Organization Conference, Portsmouth, NH.

2008    It’s Easy Being Green. Co-presented at the  Northwest Pennsylvania Middle School Association Professional Development Institute, Erie, PA 


2012      The PAC-TE Journal: Author’s Roundtable and Tips on Writing for the Pennsylvania Teacher Educator, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA.

2011    Wilderness Quest: Providing a Unique Field Experience to Develop Teacher Candidates’ Views of Adolescents, Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA.

2009    Plugging Into Our Digital Natives . Co-presented at the Pennsylvania Middle School Association State Conference, Harrisburg, PA .

2009    Inquiry into Apples: Why Inquiry is NOT a Four Letter Word!  Co-presented at the Pennsylvania Middle School Association State Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. John F. Ziegler

Associate Professor
Educational Leadership Program
233 Butterfield Hall
Office: 814-732-1712

Educational Achievements

¨      D. Ed. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Educational Administration & Leadership Studies
¨      M. S. Ed. St. Bonaventure University, Educational Administration & Supervision
¨      M. S. Ed. West Chester University of Pennsylvania, School Guidance & Counseling
¨      B. S. Ed.  Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, Elementary Education

Professional Certificates

Pennsylvania Department of Education
¨      Superintendent, School Principal K-12, Supervisor of Elementary Education, Supervisor of Guidance Services, Guidance and Counseling K-12, Elementary Instructional

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
¨      Superintendent, Principal, Counselor, Curriculum Specialist, Elementary Education, Intermediate Level, Middle Grades Language Arts, Middle Grades Social Studies

New York State Education Department
¨      School District Administrator

Dr. Ziegler has held numerous positions in public education as a teacher, counselor, and school administrator before coming to Edinboro in 2009.  He is currently the Program Advisor for the Post-Masters Principal K-12 and Supervisory Programs, Chair of School of Education NCATE Dispositions Continuous Improvement Committee, Chair of the Middle and Secondary Educational and Educational Leadership Department (MSEL) Curriculum and Sabbatical Committees, and serves on the University-Wide Curriculum Committee (UWCC).

¨      Ziegler, J. F. (2000) Constructivist Views of Teaching, Learning, and Supervising Held by Public School Teachers and Their Influence on Student Achievement in Mathematics, IUP, UMI Dissertation Services, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Courses Taught
¨      COUN 725 Organization & Development of Programs in the Helping Professions
¨      EDUC 788 Research in Education
¨      SCHA 700 Introduction to Educational Leadership
¨      SCHA 721 Collaborative Leadership for Evaluation
¨      SCHA 731 School and Community Relations
¨      SCHA 741 Curriculum Leadership
¨      SCHA 745 Instructional Leadership
¨      SCHA 765 Financial Aspects of Educational Leadership
¨      SCHA 775 Educational Leadership Theories and Practices
¨      SCHA 789 Elementary Principal Internship
¨      SCHA 792 Supervisor of Special Education Internship
¨      SCHA 794 Secondary Principal Internship
¨      SCHA 795 Educational Leadership for Technology
¨      SCHA 798 Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis
¨      SCHA 799 Superintendent Internship

Peer Reviewed Publications

¨      Ziegler, J. F. & Ziegler L. K. (2013), Response to Intervention (RTI) as a Strategy and a Challenge: A Report of the Research, Mid-Atlantic Education Review, Rutgers University, NJ. (Submitted for publication).

¨      Ziegler, J. F. (2013) Personalized Growth Through Data Analysis: Leadership in Action, Pennsylvania Educational Leadership, Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD), Harrisburg, PA. (Submitted for publication).

¨      Henson, K. (2012), Successful Grant Writing for School Leaders: 10 Easy Steps, Allyn & Bacon, Boston, MA (contributing author).

¨      Henson, K. (2012) School Leader’s Guide to Grant Writing, American School Board Journal, March, Alexandria, Virginia (contributing author).

¨      Ziegler, J. F. (2010) Creating a Technology Driven School for the Future, Pennsylvania Educational Leadership, Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD), Vol. 30, Harrisburg, PA.

¨      Ziegler, J. F. (2000) Renovating a School Building for Instructional Improvement, The Pennsylvania Administrator, Pennsylvania Elementary & Secondary Principals Association (PAESSP), Harrisburg, PA.


¨      2013, Pursuing Online Excellence – A Firsthand Examination of Edinboro’s Quality Matters Peer Review Initiative , Pogue Student Center Theater, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

¨      2012, Data Driven Teacher Leadership: The Best Hope for Sustaining School Change , Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) Conference, Best Western Premier the Central, Harrisburg, PA

¨      2012, Educational Leadership Program Presentation, Abraxas Youth and Family Services, Marienville, PA

¨      2011, Pennsylvania State Education Association Fall Leadership Development Conference Presentation, Data Driven Teacher Leadership: The Best Hope for Sustaining School Change, Erie, PA

¨      2009-2013, Guest Speaker, School Finance, Educational Technology, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA

¨      2001 Constructivist Views of Teaching, Learning, and Supervising, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference (AERA), Seattle, WA

¨      2000, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Graduate Student Research Conference Presentation,  New Ways of Thinking, Scholarship for the 21st Century, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Recent Recognition

2013 - Earned Quality Matters Program Seal of Distinction for EDUC 788 - Research in Education. The Quality Matters seal is a nationally recognized indicator of quality assurance and continuous improvement in online learning.

EDUC 788 is the first online course at Edinboro University to earn this distinction.  

Trivia Highlight

Dr. Ziegler performed Carnival of Venice with the Valley Forge Military Academy Band in the East Room of the White House during a Presidential Inauguration.