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Associate Professor

University of Central Oklahoma
jdavis131@uco.edu (405) 974-5134 Curriculum and Instruction LIB 131B , Box 127

About

Jill Davis, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has been at the university since 2015. Prior to UCO, she taught pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and in a K-1 multiage classroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While teaching, she earned her National Board Certification.  She was also awarded the Oklahoma Early Childhood Educator of the Year and Teacher of the Year at Kendall-Whittier Elementary in Tulsa. Davis’ research interests include advocacy, teacher autonomy, early childhood teacher education and constructivist teaching practices. She has taken her research and classroom experiences and presented at the international, national, state and local levels. 

Classes Taught

  • ECED 4112: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • ECED 4222: Leadership in Diverse Communities
  • ECED 4313/5313: Creativity in the Arts in Early Childhood
  • ECED 4900: Early Childhood Education Practicum
  • ECED 4910/5910: Critical Studies in Children’s Literature
  • ECED 5883: Teachers as Researchers (Independent Study)
  • ECED 5900: Early Childhood Practicum (Independent Study) 
  • ECED 5030: Individual Study
  • ELED 4063/5063: Teaching Reading in the Primary Grades
  • ELED 4263/5263: Assessment and Intervention Practices in Teaching Reading in Grades K-3
  • ELED 4323/5323: Teaching Mathematics in Preschool and the Primary Grades
  • ELED 4432: STEM Education in Grades 1-9
  • ELED 4910/5910: Teaching Early Childhood and Elementary Mathematics
  • ELED 5533: Number Concepts and Assessments (PreK-5) 
  • ELED 5613: Contemporary Issues in Elementary Education
  • PTE 4172: Education Assessment (Early Childhood Education section)
  • University Supervisor for Student Teachers

Education and Certifications

Ph.D., Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, Early Childhood Education

University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK, 2015

Dissertation: Experiences of early childhood educators who use constructivist approaches in an era of high-stakes accountability.

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK, 2009

Capstone Paper: Roles of parents in the education of children with special needs: Comparing programs inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and U.S. public schools following the mandates of NCLB.

B.S., Early Childhood Education

Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK, 1999

Experience

Associate Professor, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, 2020 to Present

Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Coursework and University Supervisor for Student Teachers

Assistant Professor, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, 2015 to 2020

Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Coursework and University Supervisor for Student Teachers

Adjunct Instructor, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa, OK, 2010 to 2015

Early Childhood Education Coursework and University Supervisor for Student Teachers

Adjunct Instructor, Northeastern State University, Broken Arrow, OK, 2009 to 2014

Early Childhood Education Coursework

Early Childhood Educator, Kendall-Whittier Elementary, Tulsa, OK, 2000 to 2012

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Teacher

Early Childhood Teacher, Allen-Bowden Schools, Tulsa, OK, 1999 to 2000

Pre-Kindergarten, Public School/Head Start Collaborative

Honors and Awards

Vanderford Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020

          University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

NAECTE Advocacy Award, 2019

           National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, Nashville, TN

Faulty Merit Credit Award for Service, 2019

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond OK

Emergent Faculty Award for Professional Contributions, 2019

University of Central Oklahoma, College of Education and Professional Studies, Edmond, OK

Faculty Book and Materials Grant, Spring 2019 

Teaching Mathematics through Children’s Literature in Early Childhood and Elementary Grades, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK 

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Books

Ethridge, E. A., Davis, J. M., Winterbottom C., Beisly, A. H. (Eds.) (2020). Advocacy in education:  Research-based strategies for teachers, administrators, and teacher educators.  Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers.

Chapters

Davis, J. M., & Pearce, N. (accepted). Developing a children’s literature course to facilitate pre-service teachers’ understanding of culturally relevant texts. (Chapter Proposal for Teaching Diverse Literature to Pre-Service Professionals)

Davis, J. M., Ethridge, E. A., & Beisly, A. H. (2020). Empowered educators: Lessons gleaned from the Oklahoma teacher walkout. In E. Ethridge, J. M. Davis, C. Winterbottom, & A. H. Beisly (Eds.), Advocacy in education: Research-based strategies for teachers, administrators, and teacher educators (pp. 3-30). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers.

Journal Articles

Davis, J. M., Pearce, N., & Mullins, M. M. (2021). Missing boys: The limited portrayal of Black males in Caldecott books. Journal of Children’s Literature, 47(1).

Pearce, N., & Davis, J. M. (2021). Fostering resilience through executive function. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 49(1), 14-18.

Beisly, A., Davis, J. M., Lake, V., & McCombs, B. (2020). Fear not early childhood teachers! You are already using algebraic strategies in your classroom. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 48(3), 20-24.

Davis, J. M., & Ford, A. (2019). An exploration of play that occurs with the introduction of loose parts. Play, Policy, and Practice Connections, XX(1), 3-6.

Davis, J. M., & Kelly, J. L. (2017). Encouraging family involvement in math during the early years. Dimensions of Early Childhood, 45(3), 4-9.

Davis, J. M. (2013). Toddler engagement in math through play at a child development center. Oklahoma Journal of School Mathematics, 5(2).

International Presentations

Riley, E., & Davis, J. M. (2019, April).  Encouraging mathematics through the use of loose parts in toddler classrooms. Presented at the International Infant Toddler Conference, Tulsa, OK.

National Presentations

Davis, J. M., & Cassel, D. (2021, February). Reimagining family involvement with family math game nights. Presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, Virtual.

Ethridge, E. A., Davis, J. M., Pruitt, R., & Trombly, C. (2020, November). A tapestry of advocacy in education: Research-based strategies and implications for advocacy across the nation. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Virtual.

Nelson, M., Pennington, K., Davis, J. M., & Montgomery, S. (2020, April). Advocacy in pursuit of equity: An urban teacher preparation academies’ approach for broader impact. Accepted at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. *Conference Canceled because of COVID-19 Pandemic

Ford, A., & Davis, J. M. (2019, November). Pre-kindergarten play experiences with the introduction of loose parts. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Davis, J. M., & Ethridge, E.A. (2019, November). Advocacy in early childhood education: Lessons gleaned from the Oklahoma walkout. Accepted for the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Nashville, TN.

Curry, C., Davis, J. M., and Cassel, D. (2019, March).  Family math night: Student-faculty collaboration for transformative learning in teacher education. Presented at the Transformative Learning Conference, Edmond, OK.

Ethridge, E. A., Davis, J. M., & Winterbottom, C. (2018, November). Lessons gleaned from the Oklahoma walkout. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Davis, J. M., Cassel, D., & Curry, C. (2018, November). Family math game night: Integrating service learning in a teacher education program. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Davis, J. M., & Mullins, M. M. (2018, June). Where are the boys who look like me? The limited portrayal of African American males in children’s books. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Learning Institute, Austin, TX.

Davis, J. M. (2017, November). Standing up for developmentally appropriate practice: Stories of autonomous early childhood educators. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Davis, J. M. (2017, June). Advocacy experiences of a pre-service teachers in early childhood education courses. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Learning Institute, San Francisco, CA.

Davis, J. M., & Kelly, J. L. (2016, November). Twitter 101 for teacher educators: The why, what, and how. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Kelly, J. L., Davis, J. M., & Ethridge, E. A. (2016, June). Advocacy in teacher education. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute, Baltimore, MD.

Davis, J. M., & Ethridge, E. A. (2015, November). Teaching outside the bubble: An examination of the characteristics and experiences of autonomous early childhood educators in an era of high-stakes accountability. Presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Davis, J. M. (2015, November). Experiences of early childhood educators who use constructivist approaches in an era of high-stakes accountability. Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Ethridge, E. A., Kelly, J. L., & Davis, J. M. (2015, November). Advocacy in Teacher Education:  Does it Make a Difference? Presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

  State

Montgomery, S., Pennington, K., Davis, J. M., & Nelson, M. (2020, October). Advocacy in teacher education: A survey from the field. Presented at the Oklahoma Association of Teacher Educators/Office of Educational Quality and Accountability Conference, Virtual.

Cassel, D., & Davis, J. M. (2019, June). Constructing tens: Strategies, standards, and learning. Presented at the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference, Oklahoma City, OK

Curry, C., Davis, J. M., & Cassel, D. (2019, March). Family math game night: Student-faculty collaboration for transformative learning in teacher education. Presented at Oklahoma Research Day, Weatherford, OK.

Davis, J. M. (2018, September). Advocacy 101: Tips for early childhood educators. Presented at the Oklahoma Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, Edmond, OK.

Davis, J. M. (2016, September). Math games to help children make sense of number sense. Presented at the Early Childhood Association of Oklahoma Conference, Midwest City, OK.

Kelly, J. L., & Davis, J. M. (2016, August). Telling stories with technology: Using digital storytelling apps in the classroom for preservice teachers. Presented at iPadpaloozaOU, Norman, OK.

Kelly, J. L., & Davis, J. M. (2016, August). Telling stories with technology: Using digital storytelling apps in the classroom for in-service teachers. Presented at iPadpaloozaOU, Norman, OK.

Interests

In her free time, Dr. Davis enjoys crafting, reading, binge watching television shows, going to the movies, and spending time with her husband and two children.

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