Research

PUBLICATIONS

Sebastian, R. (2021). How one school district’s inequitable “Yale or Jail” tracking system began to change. High School Journal, 105(1), 60-81.

Sebastian, R. (2022). “If you want to go far”: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in a co-taught classroom. Urban Review, 1-23.

 

MANUSCRIPTS IN PROGRESS

Sebastian, R., & Krishnamachari, A. (In revision). Unlocking the potential of introduction to teaching courses through simulations. Teaching and Teacher Education

Sebastian, R. & Paulick, J. (2022). “You’re both humans”: Supporting teachers’ engagement with families. Manuscript under review

Sebastian, R., & Cohen, J. (2022). Listening to teacher candidates: Pre-service teachers’ perspectives on simulations in teacher education. Manuscript under review

Sebastian, R., Krishnamachari, A., & McCartney, A. (2022). Understanding teacher candidates’ strengths and areas of need in simulated parent-teacher conferences. Manuscript under review

Paulick, J., Sebastian, R., & DeHaven Blair, C. (2022). Using mixed-reality simulations to develop preservice teachers’ family engagement skills. Manuscript under review

Thomas, C., & Sebastian, R. (2022). Increasing test scores or fighting injustice: Understanding one district’s Culturally Responsive Teaching certification program. Manuscript under review

Sebastian, R.,  McCartney, A., & Thornton, M. (2022). Predicting underrepresentation: Understanding who has access to advanced courses in Virginia. Manuscript under review

Sebastian, R., Aigotti, S., Shaheen, T., Jones, N., & Cohen, J. Preparing the next generation of inclusive mathematics teachers: A landscape analysis of general education teacher preparation. Manuscript in preparation

 

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS

Sebastian, R. & Debajyoti, D. (2022). Leveraging simulated practice to build pre-service teachers’ family engagement skills. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA

Debajyoti, D. & Sebastian, R. (2022). Using interpretability techniques and deep learning to understand nuances in family engagement. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA

Paulick, J., Sebastian, R., & Blain, C. (2022). Using simulations to prepare teachers for equitable education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA

Sebastian, R. (2022). The chicken or the egg: Comparing general and special education teacher candidates’ responses to student behaviors. Poster accepted at the Council for Exceptional Children, Orlando, FL

Sebastian, R., & Cohen, J. (2021). Listening to teacher candidates: Pre-service teachers’ perspectives on simulations in teacher education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association

Sebastian, R., & Datta, D. (2021). Scaling teacher candidates’ family engagement training through simulations and artificial intelligence. Poster presented at the  annual meeting of the International Society of Learning Sciences, Bochum, Germany

Nikseresht, F., Yan, R., Lew, R., Liu, Y., Sebastian, R., & Doryab, A. (2021). Detection of implicit racial bias from physiological responses: A measurement during IAT test. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, New York, New York

Sebastian, R. (2020). “If you want to go far”: Culturally Relevant Teaching in a co-taught classroom. Round-table paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, CA, http://tinyurl.com/u4euwnh (Conference Canceled)

Sebastian, R., Thornton, M., & McCartney, A. (2019). Leveling up: State- and division-level barriers to advanced studies in Virginia. Round-table paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Toronto, Canada

Sebastian, R. (2018). Changing ‘Yale or Jail’: The evolution of tracking at one high school. Paper presented at the Diversifying Scholarship Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

RESEARCH FUNDING AND AWARDS

University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development Innovative, Developmental, Exploratory Award (2020) $10,000

  • Title: Bringing artificial intelligence into teacher education: Developing new ways to provide pre-service teachers with feedback on family engagement
  • Role: Principal Investigator (co-PI, Julie Cohen)
  • Objective: Develop machine-coding techniques to assess and provide feedback on pre-service teachers’ performance in a family engagement simulation

University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access Grant (2018) $1,000

  • Title: Detracking a high school social studies department: A case study of a teacher led initiative
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Objective: Understand how teacher conceptions and experiences of tracking influence the implementation and evolution of a tracking initiative