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Special Education Program

Educational Foundations & Special Education

Sara Beth Hitt Ph.D.
Sara Beth Hitt

Sara Beth Hitt Ph.D.

Clinical Instructor, Special Education Field Placement Facilitator
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EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. Special Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • MAT Special Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • B.A. English, East Tennessee State University

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Teaching & Learning Strategies for Exceptional Learners

  • Preclinical Experience in Special Education

  • Residency I/II in Special Education

  • Advanced Practicum

  • Pre-residency

  • Medical Aspects and Applications of Assistive Technology

RESEARCH FOCUS

  • Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Classroom Management for K-12 Students

  • RTI and MTSS (Multi-Tier System of Supports) for Secondary Students/schools

  • Teacher Education

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Hitt, S. B., Wood, C. L., & Preston, A. I. (2016). Positive connections: Building relationships between teachers and high school students at risk for school failure. 2016 Conference Proceedings of the American Council for Rural Special Education. West Virginia: ACRES.

Test, D.W., Kemp-Inman, A., Diegelmann, K., Hitt, S. B., & Bethune, L. (2015). Are online sources for identifying evidence-based practices trustworthy? An evaluation. Exceptional Children, 82(1),1-23. DOI: 10.1177/0014402915585477

Freeman, S., O’Brien, C., Wood, C., & Hitt, S.B. (2015). Effects of the SOLVE strategy on the mathematical problem-solving skills of secondary students with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 30(2), 76-90.

Konrad, M., Graham-Day, K. J., Diegelmann, K. M., Chan, P. E., Bethune, L., Hitt, S. B., & Bunch-Crump, K. (2014). In other sources: 2012. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 1-7.

Heafner, T.L., Jaus, V., Ahlgrim-Delzell, L., Coffey, H., Harden, S., O'Brien, C., Merriweather, L., & Hitt, S.B. (2013).  Preliminary Report for the College of Education's Quality Enhancement Plan Student Engagement Pilot Project 2012-2013. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Hudson, T., Fox, J., & Hitt, S.B. (2018, November) Examining the Use of the MotivAider Self-Monitoring Device to Increase Special Education Teacher Candidates’ use of Evidence-Based Practices and Classroom Research for Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders. General session presented at the 2018 Teacher Education Division Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Hitt, S.B. (2017, November) Increasing Active Student Responding and Improving the Effectiveness of Pre-service Teachers. General session presented at the 2017 Teacher Education Division Conference, Savannah, GA.

Marks, L., Hitt, S.B., Hudson, T. (2017, November). Supporting RTI through preservice and inservice higher education. Poster presented at the 2017 Teacher Education Division Conference, Savannah, GA.

Hitt, S.B., Preston, A.I., (2017, March). Instructional strategies for content and co-taught classrooms. General session presented at the 2017 American Council on Rural Special Education National Conference, Asheville, NC.

Hitt, S.B., Hudson, T., Kim, M.K. (2017, March). An unholy alliance: One university’s effort to fully embrace edTPA. General session presented at the 2017 American Council on Rural Special Education National Conference, Asheville, NC.

Hitt, S.B., (2017, March). Positive connections: An initial step in addressing school failure in high schools. General session presented at the 2017 Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference, Denver, CO.

Hitt, S.B., Hudson, T., Kim, M.K. (2016, November). An unholy alliance: One university’s effort to fully embrace edTPA. General session presented at the 2016 Teacher Education Division Conference, Lexington, KY.

Preston, A. I., Wood, C. L., & Hitt, S. B. (2016, April). Using effective strategies to enhance core math instruction. Poster session presented at the 2016 Council for Exceptional Children National Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Hitt, S.B., Wood, C.L., & Preston, A.I. (2016, March). Positive connections: Building relationships between teachers and at-risk high school students. General session presented at the 2016 American Council on Rural Special Education National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Hitt, S.B. & Kemp-Inman, A.I. (2015, November). Identifying evidence-based practices online: a review of sources and recommendations for educators. Paper presented at the 2015 Teacher Education Division Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Hitt, S.B., Wood, C., Preston, A.I., (2015, April). Effects of peer-delivered fluency instruction on the oral reading fluency of high school students with mild disabilities. Poster session presented at the 2015 Council for Exceptional Children National Conference, San Diego, CA.

Freeman, S., O’Brien, C., Wood, C., Hitt, S.B. (2014, April). Effects of the SOLVE strategy on the mathematical problem solving skills of secondary students with learning disabilities. General session presented at the 2014 Council for Exceptional Children National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Povenmire-Kirk, T., Diegelmann, K. M., Bunch-Crump, K., Hitt, S. B., & Test, D. W. (2013, November). Interagency collaboration for transition planning: Implementing CIRCLES. General session presented at 17th International Division on Career Development and Transition Conference, Williamsburg, VA.

Browder, D., Bunch-Crump, K., Hitt, S.B., & Preston, A. (2013, July). Using co-teaching and independent study to develop specialty areas for students in the Ph.D. program in special education at UNC Charlotte. Poster session presented at the 2013 OSEP Project Directors Conference, Washington, D.C.

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • INtopFORM Faculty Fellowship, ETSU

  • Doctoral scholar, UNC Charlotte's Ph.D. program in special education with a specialty in multi-tiered interventions, OSEP Leadership Grant

  • Teacher of the Year, Cox Mill High School

SELECTED GRANTS RECEIVED

Instructional Development Grant, Awarded
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