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.