Associate Professor, Education Program
Phone: 814-871-7144
Office: PC 2015C
forbes001@gannon.edu

  • Accreditations
  • Biography
  • Courses Taught
  • Educational History
  • Honor Societies
  • Professional Experience
  • Professional Societies
  • Publications
  • Scholarship/Research
  • Service

Accreditations

Pennsylvania Certificates

  • Middle Level Science (7-9),
  • General Science (7-12),
  • Environmental Education (K-12),
  • Library Science (K-12),
  • Instructional Technology Specialist (K-12)               
  • ESL Specialist (K-12)

Biography

My name is Leigh Forbes and I'm a lifelong resident of Erie County.  I have been teaching since 1988 and have no plans to stop!  I enjoy my position as a member of the School of Education and engage in classroom teaching as well as supervision in local schools.  I love Gannon because it provides a caring community in which to support new teachers.  In my role as an educator I particularly enjoy teaching science, technology, and literature courses.  My presentations and publications cover a wide range of topics because I'm always learning something new.  Recently I added to my certifications by completing the English as a Second Language certification. 

Beyond my role as a member of the Gannon community, I am also a wife and mother.  We live in the Erie region because we enjoy the seasons changing.  My home is off the beaten path in a lovely wooded area.  Springtime brings opportunities to take long walks in the muddy woods and ride four wheelers.  Summer is my favorite season and you can find me riding a bike with my daughter on Presque Isle, catching a Seawolves game, or relaxing on our back porch.  In the fall I enjoy watching the leaves change and attending marching band events!  My daughter plays the trumpet and I serve as secretary for our band booster organization.  Winter is hockey season and we enjoy attending the Erie Otters games.  No matter what season, I am often out on the town during the weekends as my husband is a bassist in the local music scene.  My hobby is  raising six lovely hens who provide me with entertainment and eggs.  Stop by my office and you're likely to leave with a free dozen!

I enjoy working with Gannon students and my door is always open.  Please stop and say hello if you're on campus : )

Courses Taught

  • EDCR 100 Child Development
  • EDCR 101 Psychology of Learning and Teaching
  • EDCR 102 Instructional Technology
  • EDCR 104 First Year Seminar: Education
  • EDCR 200 Planning and Managing the Learning Environment
  • EDCR 300 Children’s Literature
  • EDCR 320 Methods and Materials of Instruction for Secondary Education
  • EDCR 400 Critical Inquiry
  • ELED 231 Concepts and Methods of Science for Elementary Education
  • MLED 200 Planning for the Differentiated Classroom
  • MLED 201 Adolescent Literature
  • MLED 202 Adolescent Development
  • MLED 302 Concepts and Methods in Natural Science
  • ECED 103 Planning and Managing the Early Childhood Learning Environment
  • ECED 308 Concepts and Methods of Science and Technology
  • EDFL 410 Student Teaching Supervision
  • GEDU 619 Methods and Materials of Instruction
  • GEDU 640 Young Adult Literature

Educational History

Ed. D., Instructional Technology, Duquesne University, 2007
Concentrations: Instructional Design, Pedagogy and Practice, Professional Development of Educators
Dissertation:  Internet Use in Teacher Preparation Programs: The Relationship Between Pedagogy and Practice in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
 

Certificate program, Instructional Technology, Gannon University, 2002

M.Ed., School Administration, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1994
Concentration:  Secondary Education
Thesis:  The Impact of Site-Based Management on Teacher Satisfaction in Professional Development Programs:  A Study of the Iroquois School District

B.S., Environmental Science, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1988
Concentration: Earth Science with minors in mathematics and geology

B.S., Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1988
Concentration: Secondary Education with certification in General Science

Honor Societies

2007 Lambda Sigma Award for Excellence in Teaching

2013 Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, and Program Director,  Middle Level and Secondary Education

Gannon University, Erie, PA
May 2008-Present
 

Adjunct Faculty
Gannon University, Erie, PA
January 2008-May 2008
Course: EDCR 231 Concepts and Methods of Science for Elementary Education

Instructor
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
August 2003-May 2008
 

Information Literacy & Technology Instructor-Grades K-8
GECAC Community Charter School, Erie, PA 
Oct. 2001-July 2003 
 

Substitute Teacher
Harbor Creek and Fairview School Districts, Erie County, PA
September 2001

Teacher-Grades 7 & 8 Science
Iroquois Jr.-Sr. High School, Erie, PA
Aug. 1988-June 2001 
 

Professional Societies

Professional memberships

 

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Paper Reviewer 2009-Present)
  • American Educational Research Association (SIG:  Division K:  Teaching and Teacher Education, SIG:  Education and the WWW, and SIG: Instructional Technology)
  • Association for Middle Level Education
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • International Society for Technology in Education (SIG:  Teacher Educators)
  • National Science Teachers Association (Key Leader and Point of Contact 2009-present)
  • Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (Regional Board President; Member State Executive Board)
  • Pennsylvania Association for Educational Computing Technology
  • Pennsylvania-Professors of Middle Level Education (Charter member and member of Editorial Board)
  • Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (Facilitator: Middle Level Focus Group)
  • Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association

Publications

Recent publications:

Forbes, L. (2013). Situating TPACK in the Teacher Knowledge Base: Creating a Shared Theoretical Vision. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2013 (pp. 5048-5053). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Forbes, L. S., & Quick, R. L. (2012).  Documenting experiential learning in higher education:  The case for digital mashups.  In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.) Proceedings of E-LEARN 2013 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education (586-590).  Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Forbes, L. S., Leonard, R. C.  Vitolo, T. M. (2012).  Exploration into reproduction literacy, an aspect of digital literacy, and its correlation with Noel-Levitz measures.  Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 28(3), 61-68.

Forbes, L.S., Merritt, J., and Quick, R. (2011). Ongoing support for novice educators: Online classroom support modules.  Pennsylvania Educational Leadership, 31(1), 40-45.

Forbes, L.S.  (2010). Greening the teacher preparation curriculum. Metropolitan Universities Journal, 20(4), 87-104.

Scholarship/Research

Forbes, L. S. (2013).  Situating TPACK in the teacher knowledge base:  Creating a shared theoretical vision.  Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 24th International Conference:  March 27. New Orleans, LA.

Forbes, L. S. & Quick, R. L. (2012).  Documenting experiential learning in higher education:  The case for digital mashups.  E-LEARN 2013 - World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare & Higher Education:  October 9.  Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Forbes, L. S., (2012).  Differentiating instruction using technology.  Cathedral Center School In-Service Workshop: October 5.  Erie, PA.

Forbes, L. S., (2012). Excellence in teacher preparation: PK-16 and beyond:  Accountability Panel. Invited to serve on the panel for Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Collaboration for Excellence in Quality Teacher Preparation: April 18. State College, PA.

Forbes, L.S. (2011). Crittercam. Presentation to Northwest Region Pennsylvania Middle School Association: April 12. Erie, PA.

Forbes, L.S. (2011). Interactive notebooks and foldable organizers:  Tools for success. Presentation to Erie Reading Council:  March 15. Edinboro, PA.

Forbes, L.S., Merritt, J., and Quick, R. (2011). Ongoing support for novice educators: Online classroom support modules.  Presentation Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators conference:  October 27. Grantville, PA.

Forbes, L.S. and Macadaeg, P. (2011).  Learning about middle level philosophy.  Presentation to Pennsylvania Middle School Association Annual Professional Development Institute:  March 7. Lancaster, PA.

Forbes, L. S., & Quick, R. L. (2010).  Using digital mashups to document teacher candidate experiences.  Presentation Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators conference:  October 28. Grantville, PA.

Forbes, L.S. (2010). Middle Level Program Implementation Challenges. Invited presentation to Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Spring Conference: April 16. Penn State, PA.

Forbes, L.S. (2010). Interactive notebooks and foldable organizers:  Tools for success. Presentation to Northwest Pennsylvania Middle School Association Conference:  April 27. Titusville, PA.

Forbes, L.S. (2010). Interactive notebooks and foldable organizers:  Tools for success. Presentation to Pennsylvania Middle School Association Conference: March 1-2. Penn State, PA.

Forbes, L.S. & Quick, R.L. (2009). Dynamic design: Curriculum mapping as a tool for visualizing teacher preparation programs. Presentation to Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Fall Conference: October 29-30. Penn State, PA.

Service

Service to the University

  • Program Director of Middle Level and Secondary Education Programs
  • Chair, Teacher Education Advisory Committee
  • Committee membership:  SOE mission, handbooks, diversity, dispositions, technology, assessment
  • Open House and Orientation point of contact 
  • Presenter: Praxis, ePortfolio, curriculum mapping, technology tips, and more 
  • MLK partnership
  • University Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee
  • Liberal Studies Committee
  • Carnegie Engagement Committee
  • Co-chair IT Outcomes Assessment
  • NCATE Standard 14 committee
  • SOE representative to Knight with Scholar and Day with the Dean Luncheon
  • Peer Reviewer for faculty evaluations

Service to the Community

  • Donations to the Gannon Annual Fund, United Way, Erie Food Bank, Salvation Army, and other local charities.
  • Chairperson, St. Francis Xavier Sister Parish Committee (2008-2012)
  • Erie Otters Booster Club
  • Fort LeBoeuf Marching Band Boosters
  • Presenter on children’s literature for the Mom’s Group at Grace Church
  • Participant in School of Education Activity Room for the Social Work dinner
  • Coordinator, Scholastic Book Clubs donations to MLK Center

Service to the Profession

  • Paper Reviewer for the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education national conference.  Program Reviewer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Northwestern Pennsylvania Point of Contact and Key Leader by NSTA
  • PAC-TE Middle Level Focus Group Facilitator
  • Science of Sand research project participant
  • President of the Northwest Region Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education
  • Newsletter editor, Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education
  • Editorial Board, Betwixt & Between, Journal of PAMLE/POMLE