Amanda Witte

Faculty Fellow | Project Manager | Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

 


 

Dr. Witte is the project manager for Learning Frontiers: PreK to Grade 3, a study investigating factors that promote early learning as well as the principal investigator on a pilot project for family-school partnership intervention training for rural educators. She is a key team member at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and has contributed to publications and presentations to promote understanding of the benefits of family-school partnerships. Dr. Witte delivers workshops on family-school partnerships to educators and service providers across North America and has led teams conducting large-scale educational research in communities across three states. She has collaborated with approximately 65 school districts to create mutually beneficial research partnerships.

awitte2@unl.edu

Expertise

  • Education Psychology
  • Rural Education
  • Family-school partnerships
  • Education Research

Credentials

  • Doctorate, education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Research Interests

  • Rural education
  • Rural family-school partnerships
  • Rural educator skills development

Publications

  • Holmes, S., Witte, A. L., & Sheridan, S. M. (in press). Conjoint behavioral consultation in rural schools. In K. Michael & J. P. Jameson (Eds.), Handbook on rural school mental health. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Sheridan, S. M., Kunz, G. M., Holmes, S., & Witte, A. (2017). Family–school partnerships in rural communities: Benefits, exemplars, and future research. In G. C. Nugent, G. M. Kunz, S. M. Sheridan, T. A. Glover, & L. L. Knoche (Eds.), Rural education research: State of the science and emerging directions (pp. 269–289). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Sheridan, S. M., Witte, A. L., Holmes, S. R., Coutts, M. J., Dent, A. L., Kunz, G. M., & Wu, C. (2017). A randomized trial examining the effects of conjoint behavioral consultation in rural schools: Student outcomes and the mediating role of the teacher–parent relationship. Journal of School Psychology, 61, 33–53.
  • ‘Prodigies of the Prairie’ offers tips on raising talented kids, by Leslie Reed
  • Studying Educational Effectiveness in Rural Settings: A Guide for Researchers

Grants

  • Principal Investigator. “Collaborative capacity building in rural Nebraska schools via technology: Teachers and parents as partners.” Rural Futures Institute. Grant Total: $49,986
  • Project Manager. “Early Learning Contexts in Rural and Urban Nebraska.” U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences. Principal Investigator: Susan M. Sheridan. Grant Total: $4,499,878 for five years.
  • Project Manager. “A Randomized Trial of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation (CBC) in Rural Educational Settings: Efficacy for Elementary Students with Disruptive Behavior.” U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences. Principal Investigator: Susan M. Sheridan. Grant Total: $2,999,994 for four years.

Awards

  • Recipient of $400 travel grant from the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of Graduate Studies graduate student poster competition: The Impact of Parent–Teacher Relationships on Student Behavior During Intervention and One Year Later (Witte & Sheridan, 2014)
  • Recipient of the first place prize in the 2013 Rural Futures Conference graduate student poster competition: The Impact of Teacher Motivation for Intervention on Rural Student Behavioral Outcomes (Witte, Holmes, Coutts, & Sheridan, 2013)
  • Recipient of the 2012 Best Article of the Year Award from the National Association of School Psychologists/School Psychology Review: “A Randomized Trial Examining the Effects of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation and the Mediating Role of the Parent-Teacher Relationship” (Sheridan, Bovaird, Glover, Garbacz, Witte, & Kwon, 2012)