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Kay Brocato

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image007.jpg       I research-- through my teaching and service-- school reform resulting from exemplary teaching. I am particularly interested in how Studio Based Learning practices seem to have become common in exemplary learning environments. With Oktibbeha and Noxubee County School Districts and the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, I am currently involved in research to examine how the propose-critique-iterate process of Studio Based Learning might affect disengaged middle and high school learners.  To support my school reform inquiry, I enjoy traveling with my students to schools in the southeast documenting how schools reform themselves.  I have presented details of this line of inquiry annually at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) from 2002-2008. Most recently, my work is being published in a manuscript entitled Studio Based Learning: Proposing, Critiquing, Iterating Our Way to Person-Centeredness in Theory Into Practice.
         
My interest in exemplary teaching has led  me to study various pathways into the profession. As a service to  my department, college, and university, I began and serve as advisor for MSU's Master's of Arts- Secondary (MAT-S) program. The program now has over 50 candidates and 15 graduates. I am currently conducting a longitudinal study with the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) to evaluate teaching practices of alternate path teachers from the 3 alternate path programs offered in Mississippi. This research will include analysis of student achievement data as a measure of accomplished teaching which has been strongly called for from the current body of research in this field. My manuscript entitled, "Accomplished Teaching Takes Time: Alternate Routers Talk About Their First Year" was presented at AERA 2006 and my manuscript "Pathways to Highly Accomplished Teaching: A Case Study" is available through the National Center on Alternative Certification.
        
I regularly teach Planning for the Diversity of Learners, a course I wrote during my first year of my faculty appointment. I am most proud of my students’ design work in this class which is meted out in digital story-telling classroom management projects we have named “Positive Learning Places Plans”. These digital literacy projects have become MSU's first video podcast of student-produced footage.  

 

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