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Natalie Bolton received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville in 2008. She also has an M.A. in Secondary Education with emphasis in Social Studies Education, and a B.A. in Secondary Education, Social Sciences major in History and minor in Geography.

Natalie's research explores education policy, student achievement and social studies/civic education. She has special interest in large-scale assessments, standards-based education reform, classroom based formative assessment, standards-based grading practices, and program evaluation. Currently, Natalie is analyzing P-12 classroom assessment design, the impact of lesson study on social studies teachers practices and student learning, K-12 schools shifting to standards based grading and reporting systems, and conducting several program evaluations with local school and community partners in the St. Louis, MO region.

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boltonn@umsl.edu

phone

(314) 516-5787

office

462 Marillac Hall

Education
Natalie Bolton received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville in 2008. She also has an M.A. in Secondary Education with emphasis in Social Studies Education, and a B.A. in Secondary Education, Social Sciences major in History and minor in Geography.

Research
Natalie's research explores education policy, student achievement and social studies/civic education. She has special interest in large-scale assessments and standards-based education reform. Currently, she is analyzing P-12 students opportunity to learn social studies on state assessments, the impact of lesson study on social studies teachers practices and student learning, and the impact of  civic education curriculum on student learning and teacher practice in Morocco and South Africa.

Teaching
At UMSL, Natalie teaches courses related to education research, quantitative statistics, and program evaluation. She also serves as a research methodologist on doctoral dissertation committees.

Service
Natalie currently serves on the UMSL College of Education Graduate Education Committee and is a Community of Scholars member for the UMSL Center on Character and Citizenship Education. She is the past Chair for the National Council for the Social Studies Citizenship Community.

Representative Grants

  • Principal Investigator, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis Mathematics  Partnership Initiative ($81,577), 2013 – 2016
    
  • Principal Investigator, University of Missouri South African Partnerships, South Africa: Civic Education Partnership Initiative ($10,000), 2013
    
  • U.S. DOE Teaching American History Grant Awarded to Covington Independent School District, 
    Covington, KY. Subcontract funded for UMSL: $241,181 from 2010-2013. The focus of this project 
    is to enhance teacher content knowledge and pedagogy in traditional American history.

Representative Publications

  • Thomas, K. M., O’Bannon, B. W., & Bolton, N. (2013). Cell Phones in the Classroom: Teachers’ 
    Perspectives of Inclusion, Benefits, and Barriers. Computers in the Schools, 30(4), 295-308.
    
  • Thomas, K., & Bolton, N. (2013, March). Cell phones in the classroom: Preservice teacher’s  perceptions. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference  (Vol. 2013, No. 1, pp. 2457-2465).
    
  • Thomas, K., & Bolton, N. (2012, March). Cell phones in the classroom: Educator’s perspectives.  In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (Vol. 2012,  No. 1, pp. 2129-2140).
    
  • Bolton, N., Shouse, D., Thacker, & E., Wibbels, J. (2011). Lesson study and leading the way to 
    student learning: The Kentucky network for excellence in civic education and engagement. Southern  Social Studies Journal, 37, 7-11.
    
  • Bolton, N. and Blackman O. (2010). Assessing the civic climate of high schools: A pilot study. 
    Southern Social Studies Journal, 35, 5-16.
  • Bolton, N. (2009). How students learn social studies: Social studies education in the context of 
    standards-based education reform. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Berman, S. and Bolton, N. (2009, Fall). Civic education needs to begin early. Campaign to Promote
    Civic Education, pp.1-2 and 5. Calabasas, CA: Center for Civic Education.
  • Bolton, N., Shouse, D., Blackman, O. and Kuhnhein, J. (2008, October 2). Nurturing democratic 
    thinkers. ASCD Express Article, 3 (26).
Recent Presentations
  • Bolton, N. (2013).  Common Assessments and the Assessment Development Cycle.  Ango-American School: Moscow, Russia.
    
  • Bolton, N. (2013).  Assessing Project Citizen South Africa.  Western Cape Provincial Project Citizen Showcase: Cape Town, South Africa.
    
  • Bolton, N. (2013). Formative assessment and Project Citizen. Western Cape Provincial Goverment and Education Department: Cape Town, South Africa.
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    • Shouse, D., Bolton, N., & Dilmore, D.  (2011).  Who are the “we” in the people? National Council for the Social Studies.  Washington, DC. 
    • Shouse, D., Bolton, N., Paeth, B., & P’Poole, L. ( 2011). Successful middle school social studies classroom ingredients! Engaging, relevant and rigorous.  National Middle School. Louisville, KY. 

    • Bolton, N.  (2011). Digital history.  Gilder Lehrman Teaching American History Grant.  New Orleans, LA.

    • Bolton, N. (2011).  Civic education partnership initiative: Assessment of a 9th grade civics curriculum.  American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, La.

    • Bolton, N. (2011).  Lesson study: Understanding student learning. American Educational Research Association.  New Orleans, La.

    • Berkowitz, M., Bolton, N., & Jones, S. (2011).  Transforming classroom culture to promote character and civic development.  The Texas Faculty Collaboratives: College and Career Readiness Initiative in Social Studies. Fort Worth, TX. 

    • Bolton, N. (2011).  Classroom assessment for student learning.  Pearson Assessment Training Institute.  Las Vegas, NV.

    • Manns, G., Bolton, N. and Mangalparsad, A. (2010). Integrating Project Citizen and Foundations of Democracy: Authority and responsibility, World Congress on Civic Education: Jakarta, Indonesia.

    • Craddock, A., Bolton, N. and Imad, E. (2010). Assessing teaching and learning of democracy 
      through civic education partnership initiative (CEPI), World Congress on Civic Education: Jakarta, Indonesia.
    • Bolton, N., Shouse, D. and Thacker, E. (2010). Lesson study and the Kentucky teacher network for excellence in civic education and engagement. American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
    • Bolton, N. (2010). Social studies education in the context of standards-based education reform. American Educational Research Association. Denver, CO.
    • Bolton, N. and Shouse, D. (2009). The constitution as a four-act drama. National Council for the Social Studies. Atlanta, GA.
    • Bolton, N., Berman, S., and Manns, G. (2009). Promoting democratic classrooms of the 21st Century, World Congress on Civic Education: Cape Town, South Africa.
    • Bolton, N. (2008). Helping students become knowledgeable and effective citizens in the 21st century. National Council for the Social Studies. Houston, TX.
    • Bolton, N., Manns, G., and Salyer, M. (2008). Partnering equals effective and creative professional development. National Council for the Social Studies. Houston, TX.
    • Thomas, S., Blackman, O., and Bolton, N. (2008). Teachers' construction of civic curriculum: A case study. American Educational Research Association. New York, NY