Black Hills State University College of Education faculty members Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant professor, and Sandy Klarenbeek, health instructor, recently presented their research at the 12th annual International Reading Association Rocky Mountain Regional Conference in Billings, Mont.

Jones and Klarenbeek’s presentation, “Reading with a HEAP of Books,” discussed the importance of content collaboration to use time efficiently while teaching.  According to Jones, the presentation “heightened the awareness of national health education standards by integrating them as themes in literature.”  The research for the presentation was collected from literature circles consisting of practicing teachers, pre-service teachers, and elementary education students.

Jones joined the BHSU faculty in 2002 after receiving her master’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico and her doctorate in elementary education from Arizona State University.

Klarenbeek earned her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Westmar College and her master’s in home economics from South Dakota State University. She joined the BHSU faculty in 2001.