Linda Plevyak

Linda H. Plevyak

Graduate Director, School of Education

Teachers College

511F

CECH Teacher Education & Leadership - 0002

University of Cincinnati
Suite 615W Teachers College
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-0002

Professional Summary

Dr. Linda Plevyak received a bachelor degree in history from UC and a teaching credential in K-8 from Chapman University. Plevyak taught Kindergarten, first and third grade in California for three years before receiving a Master of Education from UC. She taught social studies methods at Ohio State University while receiving a Ph.D. in teacher education. Her major area of study includes environmental education. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Georgia Southern University as well as established a field-based experience course for preservice teachers.

Education

B.A., University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 1986 (History)

Teaching Credential, Chapman University Palmdale, CA, 1990 (Elementary Education (K-8) )

M.Ed., University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 1993 (Curriculum and Instruction )

Ph.D., The Ohio State University Columbus, OH, 1997 (Teacher Education and Environmental Education)

Research Support

2012 UC Forward Course grant to develop a course entitled: Surviving Climate Change. 5800 Type:Grant

Grant: #NSF DRL-1114674 Investigators:Boat, Mary Barbara; Brown, Rhonda; Carr, Victoria; Johnson, Carla; Kloos, Adelheid; Kuschner, David; Meyer, Helen; Moomaw, Sally Coup; Pan, Wei; Plevyak, Linda 10-01-2011 -09-30-2013 National Science Foundation Playscapes: Designed Nature Environments to Promote Informal Science Learning Role:Collaborator $330,124.00 Active Level:Federal

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Plevyak, L.; Mayfield, A. (2007. )Water within their world .Community Works Journal, ,6 (2 ),26 -30

Plevyak,L.H.; Mayfield, A. (2006. )Water in their world .Clearing: Teaching resources for ecology, sustainability, and community, ,119(1) ,22 -25

Plevyak, L. (2006. )Preservice teachers’ learning in an inquiry-based early childhood education (prek-3) science methods course .Journal of Elementary Science Education, ,

Plevyak, L.;Mayfield, A. (2006. )Water within their world .Taproot: A Publication of the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors, ,16 (1 ),478 -8

Plevyak, L. (2003. )Parent involvement in education: who decides .Education Digest, ,69(2) ,32 -38

Plevyak, L.; Morris, K. (2002. )Why is kindergarten an endangered species? .Education Digest, ,67(7) ,23 -26

Plevyak,L.; Bendixen-Noe, M.; Henderson,J.; Roth, R. E.; Wilke, R. (2001. )Level of teacher preparation and implementation of ee: Mandated and non-mandated ee teacher preparation states .Journal of Environmental Education, ,32(2) ,28 -36

Plevyak, L. (2001. )The communications triangle of parents, school administrators, and teachers: A workshop model .Education Journal, ,

Plevyak, L. (2000. )What we value: A survey of one community’s beliefs .Social Studies and the Young Learner, ,12 (4 ),

Plevyak, L. Beliefs of parents toward parental involvement in education .Community Education Journal, ,

Plevyak, L. (2007. )Preservice teachers’ learning in an inquiry-based early childhood education (Prek-3) science methods course. .Journal of Elementary Science Education , ,19 (1 ),1

Plevyak, L. & Campbell, K. (2008. )Multiple intelligences: Analysis of a language arts curriculum. .Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, ,48 (2 ),53

Plevyak, L. & Carr, V. (2011. )Science and young children: Integrating investigation into everyday experiences. .Every Child, ,17 (3 ),32

Plevyak, L., Arlington, B. (2012. )Children as natural scientists: Their use of process skills to learn about worms and fish. , .Science and Children, ,50 (1 ),54

Power, K., Plevyak, L., & DeWitt, S. (2012. )How teachers perceive their own efficacy towards teaching social studies. .Global Education Journal, ,2012 (1 ),82

Plevyak, L., & Williford, T. (2012. )Connecting teacher education to the elementary classroom: Integrating literacy and social studies within a field trip. .Social Studies Journal, ,35 (2 ),39

Debele, M., & Plevyak, L. (2012. )Conditions for successful use of technology in social studies classrooms. .Computers in the Schools, ,29 (3 ),285

Book Chapter

Plevyak,L. (2005 )Addressing the content areas in inclusive early childhood settings: prekindergarten, kindergarten, and primary grades Engaging students in scientific investigations .Upper Saddle river, NJ,Prentice Hall

Plevyak,L. (2005 )Addressing the content areas in inclusive early childhood settings: prekindergarten, kindergarten, and primary grades Environmental education and the world around us .Upper Saddle river, NJ,Prentice Hall

Plevyak,L. (2005 )Gender and schooling in the early years: preschool through grade three Science education and gender: The early years .Greenwich, CT,Information Age Publishing

Plevyak,L. (2003 )Characteristics of faculty members in personnel preparation programs Personnel preparation in early childhood special education: Chapter 7 .

Miller,P.; Bauer,A.; Plevyak,L.;Carr,V.; Johnson,L.J.; Fong,L. (2002 )Dec personnel preparation in early childhood education: implementing the dec recommended practices Characteristics of faculty members in personnel preparation programs .(pp. 139-159).

Plevyak, L.; Mayfield, A. (2010 )Environmental education within early childhood Association of Science Teacher Education Monograph: The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher .New York, NY,Springer Publishing

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Plevyak, L. H. (2007. )Home literacy of kindergartners: A look at successful practices .Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, Columbus, OH.

Plevyak, L. (04-2006. )Children as natural scientists: how do they think about and learn science concepts .Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children, Columbus, OH.

Plevyak, L. (04-2005. )How a field trip to the zoo changed preservice teachers' ideas on the inquiry process .Paper presented at the National Association for the Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Dallas, TX.

Plevyak, L. (01-2005. )Cincinnati zoo science inquiry project .Paper presented at the Cincinnati Zoo Earth Expeditions conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Plevyak, L. H. (04-2004. )Implementation of OH science standards within an undergraduate Science Methods course .Paper presented at the Spring OCTEO Conference OH Confederation of Teacher Education Organizations Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH.

Plevyak, L. H. (04-2004. )Inquiry study on connecting the community to the classroom .Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Plevyak, L. H., & Mayfield, A. (04-2004. )Pre-service teachers' learning in an inquiry-based Early Childhood Education science course .Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

Plevyak, L. H., & Mayfield, A. (04-2004. )Pre-service teachers .Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Plevyak, L. H. (11-2003. )Infusing civic engagement and responsibilities into your science classrooms .Paper presented at the Lilly Conference, Miami, OH.

Plevyak, L. (11-2002. )Exemplary programs and practices in science teacher education .Paper presented at the Ohio Project to Enhance Undergraduate Science Education Meeting, Columbus, OH.

Plevyak, L. (11-2002. )Exemplary programs and practices in science teacher education .Ohio Project to Enhance Undergraduate Science Education, Columbus, OH.

Plevyak, L. (03-2002. )Science and Inquiry Learning Within Preservice Teacher Education .Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association, San Diego, CA.

Plevyak, L.;Mayfield, A. (04-2008. )Inquiry learning and the outdoors: What nature can teach us .Environmental Education Council of Ohio Conference, Columbus, OH. Conference. .Level:State

Paper Presentations

Plevyak, L. (03-2012. )Investigating student understanding of recycling and composting over the course of an environmental inquiry project. Indianapolis, IN. Conference.

Plevyak, L. (03-2012. )Evolution of student behavior within an environmental inquiry project. Indianapolis, IN. Conference.

Plevyak, L. (10-2011. )Understanding the impact of an environmental inquiry waste reduction project. Raleigh, NC. Conference. Level:International

Event Organized

National Science Teacher’s Association Annual Meeting

National Science Teacher’s Association Annual Meeting Conference 2012 Indianapolis, IN Level:National

Evolution of student behavior within an environmental inquiry project presented at the National Science Teacher’s Association Annual Meeting

Evolution of student behavior within an environmental inquiry project presented at the National Science Teacher’s Association Annual Meeting Conference 2012 Indianapolis, IN Level:National

Understanding the impact of an environmental inquiry waste reduction project. Paper presented at the North American Association for EnvironmentUnderstanding the impact of an environmental inquiry waste reduction project presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Meeting

Understanding the impact of an environmental inquiry waste reduction project. Paper presented at the North American Association for EnvironmentUnderstanding the impact of an environmental inquiry waste reduction project presented at the North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Meeting Conference 2011 Raleigh, NC

Using problem-based learning to develop higher order thinking skills presented at the Battelle: Making Ohio Schools Work Annual Meeting

Using problem-based learning to develop higher order thinking skills presented at the Battelle: Making Ohio Schools Work Annual Meeting Conference 2011 Columbus, OH

“Effective Teaching Methods in Science and Math.” Agastya International Foundation

“Effective Teaching Methods in Science and Math.” Agastya International Foundation Conference 2010 Andhra Pradesh, India Level:International

“Inquiry Learning & the Outdoors: What Nature Can Teach Us.” Environmental Education Council of Ohio Conference

“Inquiry Learning & the Outdoors: What Nature Can Teach Us.” Environmental Education Council of Ohio Conference Conference 2008 Loudonville, OH

“Home Literacy of Kindergartners: A Look at Successful Practices.” Association of the Education of Young Children Conference

“Home Literacy of Kindergartners: A Look at Successful Practices.” Association of the Education of Young Children Conference Conference Columbus, OH

Honors and Awards

06-2007 Member, Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning Status:Recipient Type:Non-Monetary

1986 Cincinnatus Honorary

1986 Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

1993 Graduate Scholarship for Masters Degree in Education

1993 Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary, University of Cincinnati Chapter

1995 Phi Delta Kappa Education Honorary, Ohio State University Chapter

1995 Graduate Student Scholarship, North American Assoc. for Environmental Educ., (NAAEE)

1996 Conference Scholarship for Research recipient, North American Assoc. for Environmental Education, (NAAEE)

1996 Presidential Fellowship Nominee, university-wide, The Ohio State University

1999 Educator of the Year Award Nominee, Georgia Southern University

2000 All-University Graduate Faculty

2006 Faculty Bonus Award Recipient for Service

2007 Outstanding Learning Community Partner Award, Center for First Year Experience

2009 Who’s Who of American Women

2011 Named “Outstanding Educator for 2011” by Cincinnati Magazine.

Positions and Work Experience

01-01-2020 - Graduate Director, University of Cincinnati,

Professional Affiliation

2011 -2013: President The Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning. University organization that requires nomination, member application ,and interviews for acceptance. Promote the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Contact Information

Academic - University of Cincinnati
Suite 615W Teachers College
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45220-0002
Phone: 513-556-5106
linda.plevyak@uc.edu