Murray State University

Volume 8, Issue 1 (2021) Surviving COVID 2020

Surviving the Pandemic

Whew! What a year it has been for all our teachers, students, and parents! Everyone should be applauded for surviving, thriving, and continuing to teach and learn throughout this pandemic!

This issue of the Kentucky Teacher Education Journal has information to help everyone to learn how our teachers survived Covid and found strategies to help students continue to learn as well.

The first article, Preservice Teachers' Attitudes and Knowledge towards Assistive Technology: Exploring and In-Class Workshop Approach, is all about the AT experience, IDEA, and new teachers learning how to incorporate this service or tool into teaching practices.

The second article, Inclusion, Engagement, and Nearpod: Providing a Digital Alternative to Traditional Instruction, is all about engaging students using the Nearpod tool. Nearpod is an interactive and engaging tool for students to use online.

The third article, Growing Capacity in Gifted and Talented Education Through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), discusses the use of implementing STEAM in lesson plans to address the GT students.

We hope you enjoy this issue of KTEJ. If you have and also find yourself wanting to publish with us, please feel free to submit your ideas! We are always accepting article proposals and interested writers.

Research Articles



Jamie Mahoney, Ed.D., Murray State University, Murray KY

Associate Editor

Kera Ackerman, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Associate Editor

Debbie Schumacher ,Ed. D. (retired), Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, KY

Associate Editor

Todd Whitney Ph..D., University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

KYTED Officers


Todd Whitney., Assistant Professor,
University of Louisville
Special Education

Past President

Jamie Mahoney, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Murray State University
Special Education

Vice President/ President Elect

Kera Ackerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor
University of Kentucky
Special Education


Jamie Mahoney, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Murray State University


Steve Crites, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Northern Kentucky University
Teacher Education & School Leadership

KTEJ Reviewers

Todd Whitney, University of Louisville

Jamie Mahoney, Murray State University

Debbie Schumacher, Campbellsville University

Kera B. Ackerman, University of Kentucky

Mary Thomas, University of Louisville

Peter A. Azmani, University of Louisville

Susan Keesey, Western Kentucky University

Janet Applin, Western Kentucky University

Sherry Stultz, Morehead State University

Kayla Steltenkamp, Western Kentucky University

Proposals must include the following characteristics:

The proposal must be submitted in APA 7 format, double-spaced with a maximum of 3-10 pages without including identification, abstract, or references in the page count- (Blind Peer Review)
Identification (separate from the article)
Presenter Name with Highest degree
Presenters can be undergraduates, current teachers, and master or doctorate students or hold advanced degrees
Job Title and Employment Institution
Approving Institutional Review Boards (if applicable)
Title of Presentation or Article
Abstract of Presentation or Article (100-150 words)
Summary of Presentation
Brief Review of the Literature (1-3 paragraphs)
For original research: Methodology and Findings
Implications for Practice
Upload of the Original Article

Online submission is available at

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Jamie Mahoney at .