April Whitehurst researches literacy for students with disabilities, focusing on using technology to support writing and the attainment of 21st century skills. She is passionate about improving the educational experiences of all students, especially those who struggle to learn in traditional classrooms. April has experience teaching students with and without disabilities in the general education classroom, in the special education classroom, and as an individual tutor targeting reading and writing skills. In addition, she teaches undergraduate and master’s level pre-service and in-service teachers, preparing them to provide effective instruction for all students. Her research involves qualitative and mixed methods studies that showcase the lived experience and voices of students with disabilities and their teachers, while highlighting effective teaching strategies. April grew up in the mountains of NC but has lived in the Piedmont since coming to the area as a college student. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Sam, and college age sons, Quay and Chase. In her free time, she loves hiking in our beautiful NC mountains and gardening in her backyard.
Whitehurst, April. (2019). The writing lives of students with learning disabilities: A multiple case study. (Doctoral Dissertation). http://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/f/Whitehurst_uncg_0154D_12858.pdf
Josephson, J., Whitehurst, A., & Ewoldt, K. B. (2020). Five ways to use technology to support students with learning disabilities in writing. LD Forum, 3-7.
Whitehurst, A. (2019). The experience of a middle school student with LD at summer writing camp. Fringes: The NC English Teachers Association Journal, 1(1), 13-21. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P5pRUZ79sjQyx3uUZM-xad821_HzLkXv/view
Whitehurst, A., Consalvo, A., David, A., Hruby, A., Jansky, K., LeJeune, M., & Vetter, A. (2018, September 3). The Writing Lives of Students with Learning Disabilities: How 21st Century Tools Change Perspectives. Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care [Blog]. https://writerswhocare.wordpress.com/2018/09/03/the-writing-lives-of-students-with-learning-disabilities-how-21st-century-tools-change-perspectives/
Whitehurst, A., Ewoldt, K. B., & Josephson, J. (October, 2019). Research on using technology for writing for individuals with LD.Poster session presented at the Annual conference of The Council for Learning Disabilities, San Antonio, TX.
Whitehurst, A. (Feb, 2019). Oral Presentation: Middle School Students with LD Experiencing Writing with Digital Technology in a Struggling School, Learning Disabilities Association Conference, Fort Worth, TX
Whitehurst, A. (November 2018). Digital Literacies and Teacher Roundtable, The Experiences of Struggling Writers at a Digital Writing Camp: Round Table Discussion. National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, Houston, TX
Whitehurst, A. (October, 2018). The Writing Experiences of Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities: Council for Learning Disabilities Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon
Whitehurst, A., Letson, S., Williamson, P (April, 2017). Oral presentation with Questions: Revision Instruction and Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities, Conference for Exceptional Children National Convention and Expo
Local and State Presentations
Whitehurst, A. (February, 2020). Empowering Students to Write through Understanding the Writing Process. Lecture Presentation at NC Conference for Exceptional Children, Greensboro, NC
Whitehurst, A. (January, 2018). Intervention Studies to Improve the Writing of Students with Learning Disabilities Using Technology: A Mixed Methods Review, Poster Presentation at NC Conference for Exceptional Children, Winston-Salem, NC
Whitehurst, A. (January, 2018). The Experiences of a Student with LD at Summer Writing Camp: In His Own Words, Poster Presentation at NC Conference for Exceptional Children, Winston-Salem, NC
Whitehurst, A. (January, 2018). Collaboration: A Content Analysis of Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension Interventions: 12 Years of Change, 2004-2015, Poster Presentation at NC Conference for Exceptional Children
Whitehurst, A. (June, 2017). Revision Instruction and Self-Efficacy Beliefs of Middle School Students with Learning Disabilities, Poster Presentation, 2nd Annual Inclusion Summit, Western Carolina University