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Wackerle-Hollman

Alisha Wackerle-Hollman

Research Associate

Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center
Early Education Dev, Ctr for
2001 Plymouth Ave N
Tel: 612-624-3943
wacke020@umn.edu

Dr. Wackerle-Hollman serves as a research associate, principal investigator and project coordinator across multiple projects in the CEED portfolio. Specifically, Dr. Wackerle-Hollman is PI for Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators (S-IGDIs). S-IGDIs is a project designed to develop and evaluate Spanish measures of early literacy designed for Spanish-English bilinguals. She also serves as project coordinator on the Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (CRTIEC). CRTIEC is federally funded multi-institution center examining the feasibility of adopting a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework in early education settings. As a part of these roles, Dr. Wackerle-Hollman leads and coordinates the research and development of a new battery of IGDIs and S-IGDIs that will be used as the framework for decision making within an Early Childhood RTI model in English and Spanish. Dr. Wackerle-Hollman also provides training and consultation on the use of IGDIs within problem solving models. Dr. Wackerle-Hollman also has a strong interest in community based participatory research, and as a result, she is currently a Co-PI on two Family Academy projects within the federally funded promise neighborhood in North Minneapolis (Norhtside Achievement Zone) where her work centers around  developing robust, evidence-based practices in parenting intervention.

Dr. Wackerle-Hollman research interests include early literacy development and assessment, the transition of research to practice,  community-based participatory research, children's literature and school readiness.

Before coming to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Wackerle-Hollman worked as a preschool teacher and director as well as a teacher of early childhood special education. Alisha received both her Master of Arts and doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wackerle-Hollman's dissertation focused on examining the relationship between student performance, progress monitoring and consultation.

Selected Presentations

  1. Bradfield, T., Wackerle-Hollman, A., Martin, L., & Thomas, T. (2014, March 25). Evaluation of a community-based participatory model of family education. Poster presented at College of Education and Human Development Research Day, Minneapolis, MN.

  2. Brunner, S., Palma, J., & Wackerle-Hollman, A. (2014, March). Attending to continuums of language exposure when designing Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators (S-IGDI). Presented at the 2014 Educational Psychology Graduate Student Research Day, Minneapolis, MN.

  3. Wackerle-Hollman, A., Brunner, S., Duran, L. & Palma, J. (2014, March). Understanding the impact of language acquisition and use on early literacy achievement in an RTI model. Presented at the 2014 University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development Research Day. 

  4. Bradfield, T., McConnell, S., & Wackerle-Hollman, A. (2014, February 20-22). Confident decision making: validation of an early childhood response to intervention decision making framework. Poster presented at Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, California.

  5. Brunner S., & Wackerle-Hollman, A. (2014, February 20-22). Parenting intervention implementation: Addressing barriers to engagement for families living in poverty through the Northside Achievement Zone's Family Academy.  Poster presented at Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, California.

  6. Palma, J.,  Brunner, S., Wackerle-Hollman, A., & Kohlmeier, T. (2014, February 20-22). On the dynamic process of test development and methodological challenges of preschool assessment of Spanish-English bilinguals. Poster presented at Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, California.

  7. Thomas, T., Bradfield, T., Wackerle-Hollman, A., & Martin, L. (2014, February 20-22). Evaluation of a community-based participatory model of family education. Poster presented at Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, California.

  8. Wackerle-Hollman, A., Durán, L., Pena, E., & LaForett, D. (2014, February 20-22). Examining the challenges and current innovations of assessing young Spanish-English-speaking preschoolers. Panel presentation at Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, California.

  9. Kohlmeier, T., Callard, C., Duran, L., Brunner, S., & Wackerle-Hollman, A. (2014, February). An analysis of Spanish oral language measure responses on the S-IGDIs: Considerations of “Spanglish” as a unique dialect in the U.S. Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the Conference for Research Innovation in Early Intervention, San Diego CA.

  10. Wackerle-Hollman, A., Duran, L., Rodriguez, M., & McConnell, S. (2013, May 16-17). Spanish-English bilingual language development and implications for assessment. Presented at the 2013 Inaugural Bilingual Research Conference in Houston, Texas.

  11. Wackerle-Hollman, A., McConnell, S., Duran, L., & Rodriguez, M. (2013, April 20). Spanish-English Bilingual Development and Implications for Assessment. Presented at 2013 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

  12. McConnell, S. R., Bradfield, T. A., & Wackerle-Hollman, A. (2013, March). Individual Growth and Development Indicators in universal screening and progress monitoring for early childhood Response to Intervention. Laptop showcase at annual meeting of Institute of Education Sciences Principal Investigators, Washington D.C

  13. McConnell, S. R., Seiwert, M., Wackerle-Hollman, A., & Bradfield, T. A. (2012, October). Early childhood in Promise Neighborhoods: Northside Achievement Zone's Early Childhood Action TeamSpotlight symposium presented at the annual meetings of the Division for Early Childhood, Council on Exceptional Children, Minneapolis MN.

  14. Wackerle-Hollman, A., Bradfield, T., McConnell, S., & Spencer, T. (2012, October). Measuring a response to intervention model in early childhood: Examining assessments for identification, decision making and progress monitoringPoster presentation at the annual meetings of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), Council on Exceptional Children, Minneapolis, MN.

  15. Bradfield, T., Wackerle-Holman, A., & McConnell, S. (2012, September 21). Post-summit workshop: Using individual growth and development indicators. Presented at Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (CrTIEC) 4th Annual Summit on RTI in Early Childhood, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

  16. McConnell, S., Wackerle-Holman, A., & Bradfield, T. (2012, September 19). IGDIs and beyond: Measurement and decision-making for language and literacy RTI efforts in early childhood education. Presented at Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (CrTIEC) 4th Annual Summit on RTI in Early Childhood, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

  17. Duran, L., Wackerle-Holman, A., & McConnell, S. (2012, September 19). All new Spanish-IGDIs: Bilingual measurement considerations and S-IGDI development. A joint presentation by the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota. Presented at Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (CrTIEC) 4th Annual Summit on RTI in Early Childhood, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico.

  18. Potter, L., Clayton, K., Rodriguez, M., Schmitt, B., Wackerle-Hollman, A., & McConnell, S. (2012, February). IGDIs 2.0: Practitioner judgments of feasibility, validity and functionality. Poster presented at the annual meetings of the National Association of School Psychologists, Philadelphia PA.

  19. McConnell, S., Bradfield, T., and Wackerle-Hollman, A. (2011, Sept. 26). Using IGDIs for identifying children for tiered early literacy and language support. Presentation at the 3rd Annual RTI Early Childhood Summit, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM.

  20. Albano, A. D., Rodriguez, M. C., McConnell, S., Bradfield, T., & Wackerle-Hollman, A. (2011, April). Scaling with measures of early literacy. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Council for Measurement in Education, New Orleans, LA.

  21. Bradfield, T., Wackerle-Hollman, A., McConnell, S., Rodriguez, M. C. & Albano, A. D. (2011, April). Construct identification to support early literacy measurement. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Council for Measurement in Education, New Orleans, LA.

  22. Rodriguez, M. C., Albano, A. D., McConnell, S., Wackerle-Hollman, A. & Bradfield, T. (2011, April). Standard setting with innovative measures of early literacy: Contrasting Groups. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Council for Measurement in Education, New Orleans, LA.

  23. Wackerle-Hollman, A., Bradfield, T., McConnell, S., Albano, A. D., & Rodriguez, M. C. (2011, April). Task development and item analysis in innovative measures of early literacy. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Council for Measurement in Education, New Orleans, LA.

  24. Bradfield.T. & Wackerle-Hollman, A. (2010, November). Considering Tier 1: Using the CLASS to understand classroom performance. Presentation at the "Minnesota's Got CLASS" conference, St. Paul, MN.

  25. Wackerle-Hollman, A. & Bradfield, T. (October, 2010). Developing a new set of early literacy and language IGDIs. Presentation at the Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Second Annual Summit, Kansas City, MO.

  26. McConnell, S., Rodriguez, M., Albano, A., Bradfield, T., & Wackerle-Hollman, A. (October 12, 2010). Using Teachers' Judgments of Individual Student Performance for Identification Assessment in Early Childhood RTI. Second Annual Summit on Response to Intervention in Early Childhood, Kansas City, KS.

  27. McConnell, S., Missall, K., Rodriguez, M., & Wackerle-Hollman, A. (February 25-27, 2010). Monitoring Progress on Progress Monitoring: Recent Innovations in the Design and Evaluation of Individual Growth and Development Indicators. Panel presentation at the 2010 Conference for Research Innovations in Early Intervention (CRIEI), San Diego, CA. On behalf of the CRTiEC project.


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