Kristina N. LaVenia

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy, Florida State University, 2015. Dissertation: Professional Development Impacts on Elementary Principals’ Attitudes Toward Reform: A Randomized Control Trial

Graduate Certificate in Measurement and Statistics, Florida State University, 2009

M.S. Guidance and Counseling, University of West Alabama, 2006

B.S. Psychology, Florida State University, 1994

COURSES TAUGHT
Bowling Green State University
  • EDL 6210: Introduction to Organizational Change
  • EDLS 7750: Proposal Development
  • EDAS 7820: Leadership for Adult Development
  • EDFI 6410: Statistics in Education
  • EDFI 6420 Research in Education
  • EDFI 6450: Using K-12 Assessment Data
Florida State University
  • EDA 5931 Research in Schools  
RESEARCH INTERESTS/AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  • Leadership for improved outcomes
  • Emotion regulation in the workplace
  • Leadership to support marginalized groups
  • Program evaluation

My research aims to improve outcomes for marginalized and/or vulnerable populations (e.g., students at-risk of not achieving academic success). Current research projects include a study of the emotional demands of teaching in a local school district; investigation of professional development for improved social and emotional learning (SEL) outcomes for both educators and youth; a study of school leaders in challenging settings where students are beating the odds; and a study of teacher perceptions and applications of culturally responsive pedagogy.

Grants

External Funding

Project IMPACT, 2018-2023 Improving Motivation, Pedagogy, Assessment, and Collaboration for Teachers Role: Co-PI and Evaluator • $4.5 million project funded by the US Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnerships program (PI and Director: Tracy Huziak-Clark, Ph. D.)

Innovative Principal Preparation Innovation Grant, 2018 Development of a CTE-focused Principal Preparation Program Role: Co-PI and Evaluator • $98,000 project funded by the Ohio Department of Education (PI: Dr. Paul Johnson)

Incorporating Standards Education into Digital Forensics Curricula, 2017-2019 Role: Evaluator • $116,335 project funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (PIs: Dr. Yan Wu & Dr. Shankardas Roy)

Internal Funding

Project: The Emotional Labor of K-12 Teachers: A Collective Case Study, 2019-2020 Role: PI • $12,500 project funded by the BGSU College of Education and Human Development Research Development Council Grant

Project: Beat the Odds Study of Principal Practice, 2018-2019 Role: PI • $10,000 project funded by BGSU's Office of Sponsored Research Building Strength Funding Opportunity

Publications

Scholarly Work

Knippen, K., LaVenia, K. N., & Burek, M. (2019, under review). Changing the story: Evaluation results of an opioid awareness Teach-In.

LaVenia, K. N., & Lang, L. B. (2019, under review). Moving beyond damned if you do, damned if you don’t: Readiness for change.

Vostal, M., Horner, C., & LaVenia, K. N. (2019, revise and resubmit). Considering the mentoring dyad through the lens of relational trust. Action in Teacher Education.

Vannatta, R. & LaVenia, K. N. (2019, in press). Linear Discriminant Analysis. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Research Methods.  – Book Chapter

Roy, S., Wu, Y. G., & Lavenia, K. N. (2019). Experience of Incorporating NIST Standards in a Digital Forensics Curricula. 2019 7th International Symposium on Digital Forensics and Security (ISDFS), 1-6.

LaVenia, K. N., & Burgoon, J. (2018). Community as resource: Results from a quasi-experimental study of the Mentors in Toledo Schools program. Evaluation and Program Planning.

Vostal, M., LaVenia, K. L., Horner, C. G. (2018). Making the shift to a co-teaching model of instruction: Considering relational trust as a precursor to collaboration. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.

Darwish, R., LaVenia, K. N., & Polkinghorne, F. (2018). Graduate students’ sense of belonging in business programs. Online Journal of Business and Applied Social Science.

Vandersall, K., Vruwink, M., & LaVenia K. (2012). Master’s Degrees and Teacher Effectiveness: New Evidence from State Assessments. Research brief prepared for Walden University by Arroyo Research Services, Inc.

Evaluation Reports

Knippen, K., LaVenia, K. N., & Burek, M. (2019). Evaluation of the Bowling Green State University Teach-In: Changing the Story, prepared for Dr. Mike Ogawa, Bowling Green State University. 

LaVenia, K. N., & Burgoon, J. (2018). Mentors in Toledo Schools Evaluation Report, 2017-2018, prepared for Michelle Klinger, Director, Partners in Education, Toledo, OH. 

LaVenia, K. N., & Galletta Horner, C. (2018). Evaluation of Project STAMPS: Report prepared for Dr. Tracy Huziak Clark, Bowling Green State University, for reporting to Ohio DOE 

LaVenia, K. N., & Burgoon, J. (2017). Mentors in Toledo Schools Evaluation Report, 2016-2017, prepared for Michelle Klinger, Director, Partners in Education, Toledo, OH. 

LaVenia, K. N., & Burgoon, J. (2017). LEAD Mentoring Report, 2016-2017, prepared for Tiffany Ways, The University Church, Toledo, OH. 

LaVenia, K. N., & LaVenia, M. (2015). Randomized Field Trial and Quasi-Experimental Investigation of Effects of the 2014 FCR-STEMLearn (formerly BIOSCOPES) Certificate Program Teacher Professional Development on Outcomes for Elementary and Secondary Grades Teachers. U.S. Department of Education Math and Science Partnership project evaluation report submitted on behalf of The Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

LaVenia, M., LaVenia, K. N. (2014). Report on Program Impacts and Outcomes of the 2013 BIOSCOPES Program Teacher Professional Development on Outcomes for Elementary and Secondary Grades Teachers. U.S. Department of Education Math and Science Partnership project evaluation report submitted on behalf of The Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

Service

School

2016 - 2019 Curriculum Committee Member

2016 - 2019 Development/Advancement Committee Member

College

2016 - 2019 Research Development Council Committee Member C.

University

2019-2020 Executive Board Member, Institute for the Study of Culture and Society

2017-2019 Committee on Professional Affairs

2018 Co-Chair, Research and Evaluation Steering Committee: Opioid Crisis Teach-In

2017 Graduate Faculty Representative for Sonia Singh (psychology student at BGSU)

2018 – 2019 Plenary Session Representative, University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA)

2016 – 2019 Development Services Group, IES WWC Review work

2010 – 2011 Conference organizing committee member, Association of Education Finance and Policy (AEFP)

2019 Reviewer for Perceptual and Motor Skills

2019 Reviewer for the IES R2D2 contract – studies for review in the IES What Works Clearinghouse

2019 Reviewer, conference submission proposals, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2019 Reviewer, conference submission proposals, University Council of Education Administrators (UCEA)

2019 SAGE Textbook Review (Research Methods, Statistics, and Applications, 2nd ed.)

2019 SAGE Textbook Review (Research Methods & Methodologies in Education, 2nd ed.)

2018 Reviewer for Perceptual and Motor Skills

2018 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Teacher Quality Preparation (TQP) Competition, Panel Member/Evidence Reviewer

2018 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, SEED Competition, Evidence Reviewer

2018 Reviewer, conference submission proposals, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2018 Reviewer, conference submission proposals, University Council of Education Administrators (UCEA)

2017 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Promise Neighborhoods Grant Competition (PN) Panel Moderator

2017 Reviewer for 2018 Politics of Education Association Yearbook, published by Educational Policy

2017 Reviewer, conference submission proposals, University Council of Education Administrators (UCEA)

2017 Reviewer, conference submission proposals, American Educational Research Association (AERA)

2016 U.S. Department of Education, Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) Grant Evaluation Reviewer

2016 U.S. Department of Education, Preschool Pay for Success (PFS) Feasibility Pilot Grant Reviewer

2016 Reviewer for Investigations in Mathematics Learning

2015 Office of Family Assistance (OFA): 2015 Healthy Marriage (HM) Grant Reviewer

Recognition

Certifications

2009 – current What Works Clearinghouse Reviewer Certification, Issued by: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences

2005 – current Professional Educator’s Certification, State of Florida Department of Education. Area of certification: Guidance and Counseling

Media Appearances

2018 February 28 interview on The Journal to present details on Project IMPACT 

2014 Press Release with Florida TaxWatch on Principal Leadership Award Program

Honors

2007 - 2011 Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Fellowship (R305B04074), Florida State University and Florida Center for Reading Research

2011 Florida State University nominee and recipient of the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy, sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), Divisions A and L of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and SAGE Publications

2010 Invited by AERA Division D to present at the In-Progress Research Gala, AERA meeting, Denver, CO