Kelly Torres

Kelly

Torres

Kelly Torres

Department Chair

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Department
Educational Psychology & Technology
Institution
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Phone
312-488-6028
Email
Biography

Kelly Torres, Ph.D., earned her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology. She also earned two master's degrees in the areas of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction. She also possesses Florida K-12 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teaching certificates. Dr. Torres has nine years of mentor experience working with elementary-aged learners. She also has taught numerous university-level courses in both online and face-to-face settings in content areas such as educational psychology, foundations of education, assessment, curriculum development, linguistics, and culture. Dr. Torres's research interests are focused on the implementation of technology into educational settings in order to enhance student academic outcomes and on various aspects of the motivational influences that may impact second language learning and culture. She has also worked as a consultant for state and national curriculum accreditation committees and has helped to develop a national K-12 ESOL language proficiency high-stakes assessment.

Education History
Degree Institution
Ph.D. Educational Psychology-Learning and Cognition Florida State University
M.S. Curriculum and Instruction-ESOL Florida State University
M.S. Educational Psychology-Learning and Cognition Florida State University
B.A. Psychology Florida State University
Certificate, Program Evaluation Florida State University
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Educational Research Association
Member College English Association: Caribbean Chapter
Member Comparative and International Education Society
Member Eastern Educational Research Association
Member TESOL International Association
Licenses
State of Florida ESOL K-12 Professional Educator Certification
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Cultural Issues
Diversity Diversity Issues
Psychology Subdisciplines - Educational Psychology
Research Design/Methodology Mixed Methods Research
Qualitative Inquiry
Quantitative Inquiry
Presentations
Title Location Date
Community schools: Bridging schools, families, and the community to enhance student academic success Budapest, Hungary June 2018
How to effectively develop faculty mentorship programs Budapest, Hungary June 2018
Lessons learned teaching educational psychology: Results from two action research studies Paper presented at The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education, American Educational Research Association, New York, NY. April 2018
Preparing high school students for transition to college-level math curriculum: Solutions for effectively integrating technology Presented at The Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Washington D.C. March 2018
Developing intercultural competence through study abroad experiences Paper presented at the 6th International Conference on the Development and Assessment of Intercultural Competence, Tucson, AZ. January 2018
Digital storytellingPaper presented at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide, Orlando, FL Paper presented at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide, Orlando, FL November 2017
The positive impact of faculty mentorship throughout a doctoral program Paper presented at the Online Learning Consortium Accelerating Online Learning Worldwide, Orlando, FL November 2017
Redefining the adult learnerPaper presented at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning International Conference on Waves of Change Oceans of Opportunity, San Diego, CA. Paper presented at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning International Conference on Waves of Change Oceans of Opportunity, San Diego, CA. November 2017
Creating student engagement through e-Learning faculty mentorship Paper presented at the 2nd Canadian International Conferences on Advances in Education, Teaching, & Technology June 2017
Community education of the autism spectrum Paper presented at The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues in Albuquerque, New Mexico. June 2017
Creating online community through e-learning faculty mentorship programs Paper presented at the International Conference on Education and New Developments, Lisbon, Portugal. June 2017
Digital literacy: Making access equal success Paper presented at the Canada International Conference on Education, Ontario, Canada June 2017
Capturing students’ attention through technology enhanced collaborative learning experiences Paper presented at the 2017 International Journal of Arts and Sciences International Conference for Education, Las Vegas, Nevada. March 2017
Teaching beyond the three r’s: The case for teaching digital literacy Presented at the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference, Austin, TX. March 2017
Exploring Chinese-Americans’ perceptions of their heritage language and cultural backgrounds Paper presented at Problematizing in Equality, Comparative and International Education Society, Atlanta, GA. March 2017
Using technology-enhanced instruction in teacher education programs Paper presented at the Digital Literacies In and Beyond the L2 Classroom, Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy, Tucson, Arizona. October 2016
International students’ experiences: examining their sociocultural adjustment Paper presented at the 2016 Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia, Spain. June 2016
Utilizing technology to promote meaningful academic experiences for English language learners Paper presented at 2016 Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference, Savannah, GA. March 2016
Latino First-Generation College student motivations and perceptions of university support: An exploratory study Paper presented at 2016 Annual Conference, Eastern Educational Research Association, Hilton Head, SC. February 2016
Spanish heritage language coursework: Meeting the needs of all learners Paper presented at Toward Justice: Culture, Language and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis, American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL. April 2015
Freshman student typologies of academic and social engagement based on time use data Paper presented at 2015 Annual Conference, Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, FL. February 2015
Social engagement of college freshmen during their first semester and implications for persistence Paper presented at 2015 Annual Conference, Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, FL. February 2015
Korean immigrant children's heritage language maintenance Paper presented at Reaching Global Confidence, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, San Antonio, Texas. November 2014
Using VoiceThread to enhance second and foreign language skills Paper presented at the Digital Literacies In and Beyond the L2 Classroom, Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy, Tucson, Arizona. October 2014
Puerto Rico the 51st state: The implications of statehood on culture and language Paper presented at Revisioning Education for All, Comparative and International Education Society, Toronto, Canada. March 2014
Pre-service teachers' beliefs of their ability to effectively educate ESOL students Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, Eastern Educational Research Association, Jacksonville, FL. February 2014
Publications
Chapters

Statti, A. & Torres, K. M. (2018). Second or foreign language learning with augmented reality. In G. Reyes & M. Hernández (Ed.) Augmented reality for enhanced learning environments (pp. 193-221). : .

Torres, K. M. & Statti, A. (2018). Enhanced learning and professional development outcomes through augmented reality. In G. Reyes & M. Hernández (Ed.) Augmented reality for enhanced learning environments (pp. 58-72). : .

Arrastia, M., Torres, K. M., & Tackett, S. (2017). Using reflection to increase self-regulation among pre-teachers. In Djoub, Z. (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Fostering Reflective Teaching Practice in Pre-Service Education: .

Torres, K. M., & Tackett, S. (2016). Preparing pre-service teachers to meet the unique academic needs of 21st century learners. In O. Dean & D. Polly (Ed.) Handbook of Research on Teacher Education for Ethical Professional Practice in the 21st Century: .

Journals

Torres, K. M., Arrastia-Chisholm, M., & Tackett, S. (2018). Perceptions of writing anxiety and self-efficacy among Spanish heritage language learners.. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, ,

Torres, K. M., & Arrastia, M. (2017). Second language acquisition developmental differences: Exploring migrant children’s language production in a daycare setting. Early Child Development and Care, , 1-15.

Torres, K. M., & Arrastia, M. (2017). Second language acquisition developmental differences: Exploring migrant children’s language production in a daycare setting. Early Child Development and Care, , 1-15.

Torres, K. M., Arrastia, M., & Tackett, S. (2017). University Spanish heritage language coursework: Meeting the needs of all heritage learners. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, , 1-18.

Torres, K. M. (2017). Puerto Rico, the 51st state: The implications of statehood on culture and language. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 42 (2), 165-180.

Torres, K. M. & Turner, J. E. (2016). Students’ foreign language anxiety and self-efficacy beliefs across different levels of university foreign language coursework. Journal of Spanish Language Teaching, 3 (1), 57-73.

Torres, K. M., & Tackett, S. (2016). Pre-service teachers' beliefs about teaching ESOL students in mainstream classrooms. International Online Journal of Education and Teaching, 3 (3), 186-200.

Torres, K. M. & Turner, J. E. (2015). Heritage language learners' perceptions of acquiring and maintaining the Spanish language. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 17 (1),

Galeano, R. A., & Torres, K. M. (2014). Teaching culture in U.S. foreign language classrooms: Meeting goals of intercultural competence. The Journal of Language Teaching and Learning, 2 , 1-14.

Tackett, S., & Torres, K. M. (2014). Constructing social constructivism in distance learning courses. International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, 1 (24),

Torres, K. M., & Turner, J. E. (2014). Exploring students' foreign language anxiety: Students' intercultural sensitivity and their perceptions of teachers' effectiveness. The Journal of Language Teaching and Learning, 26 (1),

Galeano, R. A., Mirici, I., & Torres, K. M. (2013). Galeano, R. A., Mirici, I., & Torres, K. M.. Novitas-ROYAL, 18 (1),

Magazines

Torres, K. M., & McGrath, B.. (Marc). UX is not extra. Chief Learning Officer.