Brenda Morton, EdD

Brenda MortonAssociate Professor of Education
Department of Graduate Teaching and Leading

Telephone: 503-554-2873 (Newberg)
Email: bmorton@georgefox.edu


Education

Doctor of Education, Educational Foundations and Leadership
George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon. Dissertation title: Foster youth and post-secondary education: A study of the barriers and supports that led to academic achievement

Master of Arts in Teaching
George Fox University
English/Language Arts and Social Studies Endorsement – Oregon teaching license

Administrative Licensure - Oregon
George Fox University

Bachelor of Science, Sociology
Portland State University

Professional Experience: Higher Education

Associate Professor: George Fox University, 2015–present
Director of Strategic Partnerships: George Fox University, 2015–present
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Clinical Practices: George Fox University, 2012-15
Assistant Professor: George Fox University, 2009–15.

Higher Education Teaching Experience

EDUG 501                  The Professional Educator

An introduction to the characteristics and role of the professional educator in today’s society.  An interrogation of prevailing Western strands of thought upon education, the role of the professional educator, and the changing terrain of education.

EDUG 502                  Structures for Teaching and Learning

This is a foundation course, building upon EDU 501 Professional Educator, EDU 530 Learning Theory, as well as EDU 510, Issues in Human Development.  The concepts, skills, and practices learned here are critical in forthcoming courses in curriculum and instruction and the design and implementation of the work sample and action research project.

EDUG 503                  Teaching Diverse and Special Populations

This course introduces you to a multiplicity of students and students’ needs.  It will provide you with a context for approaching such situations and specific skills for facilitating learning for all students.  The course is designed to move students towards Teacher Standards and Practices Commission OAR 584-017-0100 for initial teacher licensure as well as fulfilling specific authorization level requirements.

EDUG 510                  Issues in Human Development

The course is designed to examine the principles of human development, infancy through adolescence. Specifically, the course will explore the areas of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development with a focus on classroom application.

EDUG 521                  Action Research I

Action research is the process of inquiry leading to the improvement of our own personal teaching practice.  During this course, you will enter into this process of wanderings and wonderings in order to define your own emerging practice as a teacher. This course is designed to move you on your way towards empowerment as you become a teacher-researcher.

EDUG 522                  Action Research II

This course builds on Action Research I. Students will complete an action research project, and participate in the research symposium during this course.

EDUG 530                  Learning Theory

Theories of learning and associated teaching applications are explored with a focus will on views of knowledge, the learner, and the nature of learning and teaching. This is a foundational course, central to all other MAT courses in scope and sequence. It is designed to move students toward TSPC OAR 584-017-0100 for initial teacher licensure.

EDUG 556                  Pedagogy

This course builds on the EDU 502 Special Topics for Professional Educators course, which identified six structures for best practice classroom.  This course is designed to provide the student with opportunities to develop techniques and strategies that will increase the quality of their social studies and language arts instruction.

EDUG 575                  Practicum I

This course will connect directly to EDUG 503 Special Topics for Educators: Teaching Diverse and Special Populations, EDUG 520 Action Research for Teachers I, and EDUG 576 and 577, the Primary and Secondary Authorization Level Student Teaching Practicums. You will find a number of other indirect connections with courses you have both taken and will take during fall semester.

EDUG 590                  Professional Seminar

A seminar focusing on issues related to current6 trends and questions in education, classroom organization and management, and ethics/values in teaching.  Classroom observations in minority, cross-cultural, and alternative school settings.  Professional transition topics will include resume writing, job-search strategies and interviewing skills.

EDFL 501                   Curriculum Development

This course will focus on designing curriculum units and instructional plans for a standards-based curriculum while utilizing research-based best practices for teaching and learning.  There will be an emphasis on the development and implementation of an integrated interdisciplinary unit for your specific teaching assignment that utilizes concept-based curriculum strategies and instructional techniques to “teach beyond the facts for the thinking classroom”.

GEED 490                  Liberal Arts and Critical Thinking

A course designed to encourage students to integrate their specialized knowledge and general education with Christian faith, in the context of addressing a public issue of current significance. The course explores how various disciplinary approaches to discerning truth may contribute to collaborative social action. Students will participate in groups to research the chosen public issue and formulate an action proposal. Individual students will be asked to formulate their own statement of faith, learning, and professional integration.

MSBS 430                  Grant Proposal Writing

This course is an overview of the basic processes of program design, evaluation, and funding. Emphasis is placed on developing a grant proposal for nonprofit agencies. Students will connect with a non-profit, find a potential funding source, and complete a grant application.

LIBA 100                   Knowing and Being Known

This course is the beginning of your higher education journey of becoming liberated through the arts and sciences…otherwise known as the Liberal Arts. This journey is similar to the journey of Odysseus, whose epic story we will be reading and traveling together.  This course involves inducting you into deeper ways of knowing and being known.  It begins by following the advice of Socrates to ‘Know yourself!”  

EDFL 711-713            Action Research II

This course is designed to develop conceptual and technical skills needed for designing and implementing action research studies in classrooms, schools, and other educational settings. The focus is on the following: observing and recording behavior in school settings; problem definition and focus; sampling; data storage and retrieval systems; and trustworthiness of action research. Emphasis is placed on defining and investigating problems, which require the educator to investigate strategies for improving their practice and student learning.

Grants Awarded

Morton, B., Carr, K., Rhodes, B. (2015). Preparing the next generation of teachers. A proposal funded by the Chalkboard Project ($400,000.00) for 2015-2016.  Renewal grant.

Morton, B., & Heide, S. (2014). Quality Teaching and Learning Summer Institute: Pedagogical Practices and Educator Preparation Transformational Teams, U.S. Department of Education ($6,700.00). Fully funded.

Morton, B. & Headley, S. (2013).  Literacy within the Content Areas: Building the Capacity of Oregon Teachers in High Needs Schools to Increase Literacy Development in the Content Areas. 2013-14 Oregon University/School Partnership Grant, funded by Title II, Part A, Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund, U.S. Department of Education ($240,000.00). Fully funded.

Morton, B. (2013).   University Retention and Graduation for former foster youth: A study into the challenges and supports leading to a bachelor’s degree. A proposal funded by The Ruth Landes Memorial Fund ($13,000.00). Fully funded.

Morton, B., Carr, K., Rhodes, B., DeBoard, M., Ramirez, P., Pugsley, K.,  (2013). Preparing the next generation of teachers. A proposal funded by the Chalkboard Project ($690,000.00).  Fully funded.

Morton, B., Rhodes, B., Espinor, D., Headley, S., Pugsley, K., DeBoard, M. (2012). Preparing the next generation of teachers planning grant. A proposal funded by the Chalkboard Project ($35,000.00).  Fully funded.

Grant-Funded Research

2013–2016                University Retention and Graduation for former foster youth: A study into the challenges and supports leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Publications

Dee, A.L. & Morton, B. (in press, 2015).  Admissions metrics: A red herring in educator preparation? Issues in Teacher Education.

Morton, B. (2015).  Seeking safety, finding abuse: Stories from foster youth on maltreatment and it's impact on academic achievement. Child & Youth Services,36(3), 205-225.

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2015) Innovative school-university partnerships: Co-teaching in secondary settings. In press, to be published in Issues in Teacher Education. (24)2, 120-132.

Morton, B. (2016).  The power of community:  How foster parents, teachers, and community members support academic achievement for foster youth. In press, to be published in  Journal of Research in Childhood Education, (30)1.

Morton, B.M. (2015).  Barriers to academic achievement for foster youth:  The story behind the statistics. In press, to be published in Journal of Research in Childhood Education., (29)4, 476-491.

Morton, B. (2013). Barriers to post-secondary enrollment for former foster youth: How teachers can make a difference, Northwest Journal of Teacher Education, 11(2), 44-65.

Samek, L.L., Berardi, A.A., Dee, A.L., Espinor, D.S., Morton, B.M., Bearden, S.R., Song, S., White, W. (2013). “From Cosmetic to Metabolized Change: Promoting Paradigm Shifts in a Dominant Culture University”, The International Journal of Diversity in Education, 13(1), 1-14.

Morton, B., Samek, L., Berardi, A., Espinor, D., Song, S., White, W., Dee, A., Bearden, S. (2013).  A Treatise on Diversity in a Dominant Culture University, The International Journal of Diversity in Education, 12(3), 105-117.

Publications - Submitted, Awaiting Acceptance

Berardi, A., Morton, B., & Schubert, M. (2015). A rationale for a trauma-informed school approach to maximize academic success with students in foster care. Submitted to the Journal of At-Risk issues.

Morton, B. & Dee, A.L. (2015). Liberal arts mission and professional programs: A dichotomy unfounded. Revised, and resubmitted to AILACTE.

Research & Manuscripts - In Process

I just can’t ask for help: Understanding survivor self-reliance. To be submitted to Child & Youth Services.

Life in foster care:  What teachers need to know. To be submitted to Rethinking Schools.

Responding to trauma through a culture of care: Raising a new generation of teachers. Research and authorship with Dr. Anna Berardi.

Defending theory in educator preparation: Readiness for a multiplicity of learners. Co-authored with Dr. Amy Dee. To be submitted to the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Journal.

Do males get a fair shake?:  Confronting gender bias in teacher preparation. Research and authorship with Dr. Amy Dee.

Why is free public education so expensive? An exploration of social justice in elementary schools. Research and authorship with Dr. Amy Dee.

Teacher candidates and SB 290: Preparing for effectiveness. Research and authorship with Dr. Amy Dee.

Peer-Reviewed Professional/Scholarly Activities

2013 - The Teacher Work Sample

Co-wrote with a group of five, a new Teacher Work Sample Rubric for adoption by the state of Oregon and Teacher and Standards Practices Commission. Rubric was peer-reviewed by all Oregon Institutions of Colleges of Teacher Education Programs and piloted by two institutions.

2013 - Special Education Endorsement Program

Co-wrote with Amy Dee, a Special Education endorsement program, presented it to the School of Education leadership team, the School of Education, and Teacher Standards and Practices Commission for Approval. Approved by TSPC February 7, 2013.

2013 - Master of Arts in Teaching Program New Core Curriculum

Co-wrote with Amy Dee, a new core program, which was reviewed by the MAT department, School of Education Leadership Team, and the School of Education. Approved Spring, 2013.

Peer Reviewer

2014–Present            International Christian Community for Teacher Education
2014-Present             Social Work Journal
2013-Present             Child Welfare Journal
2013-Present             SAGE Publications
2013-Present             Journal of Childhood Research

Research

2015–Present            Bridging Senate Bill 290 and Teacher Preparation
2014–Present            Clinical Practice outcomes and identification of potential biases toward male candidates
2013–Present            University Retention and Graduation for former foster youth: A study into the challenges and supports leading to a
                                   bachelor’s degree.
2011–2014                Innovative partnerships in teacher preparation programs: Re-thinking the clinical practice model for school
                                   improvement
2011–2012                Foster Youth and Post-Secondary Education: A Study of the Internal and External Characteristics Leading to Academic
                                   Achievement.
2010–2011                Teacher Presence: Traits and Dispositions

Conference Presentations

Dee, A., & Morton, B. (2015). Why is free public education so expensive?: An exploration of social justice in elementary schools. Presented at the annual meeting of the Northwest Association of Teacher Educators.

Morton, B. & Birky, G. (2015). Hired! How Co-teaching Supported Disposition Development, University Mission, and Conceptual Framework. Presented at the annual meeting of AILACTE.

Morton, B. & Dee, A. (2015). Liberal Arts Mission and Professional Programs: A Dichotomy Unfounded. Presented at the annual meeting of AILACTE.

Dee, A., Morton, B. & Headley, S. (2015). Community Connections: Uniting to Recruit, Prepare and Support New Educators. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

Morton, B. & Dee, A. (2015). Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness: Addressing the Gender Gap. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators.

Morton, B. (2015). “I don’t know how to ask for help”: Stories from foster youth on their academic challenges.  Presented at the Association of Teacher Educators.

Carr, K. & Morton, B. (2015).  Recruiting and Inducting Minority Teacher Candidates: Challenges and Strategies.  Presented at the Association of Teacher Educators.

Morton, B., Headley, S., & Phillips Kalmbach, D. (2014).  Partnering to Transform and Diversity the Oregon Teaching Force. Presented at the Oregon College Access Network Conference.

Berardi, A., Morton, B. & Schubert, M. (2014). Identifying Best-Practice Strategies to Maximize Academic Success with Students in Foster Care. Presented at the National Dropout Prevention Network Conference.

Morton, B. (2014).  Advocating for at-risk youth: Naming and addressing barriers to academic achievement. Presented at the National Dropout Prevention Network Conference.

Birky, G., & Morton, B. (2014). Rethinking educational partnerships: How a university teacher education program and a school district leveraged resources to enhance academic opportunities for students. Presented at the annual meeting of the Northwest Association of Teacher Educators.

Dee, A., & Morton, B. (2014).  Defining Admission Metrics: Will Measures in CAEP Standard 3 Make a Difference in Candidate Quality? Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

Morton, B. (2014).  Redefining partnerships to support educators: How two community colleges, two universities, and four school districts created a blueprint to enhance the quality of educators in Oregon. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

Morton, B. & Espinor, D. (2013). University/School Partnerships: Working Together to  Support All Students. Presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon School Board Association.

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2013  Creating Mutually Beneficial University-School Partnerships for Teacher Education: A Unique Co-Teaching Model. Presented at the annual meeting of the Northwest Association of Teacher Educators.

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2013) Research findings from a co-teaching partnership between a high school and university teacher education program. Presented at the regional International Christian Colleges of Teacher Education conference.

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2013)  Co-teaching partnerships with professional development:  A unique model of clinical practice for teacher education. Presented at the annual meeting of The Oregon Association for Teacher Education. 

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2013) Re­envisioning clinical practice through partnerships: How co­teaching, co­researching, and co­educating can create a mutually beneficial partnership. Presented at the annual meeting of The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. 

Morton, B., & Dee, A. (2013) Evaluating Program Content:  How teacher education prepares classroom-ready candidates for a multiplicity of learners. Presented at the annual meeting of The Association of Teacher Educators.

Morton, B. (2013) Promoting justice for marginalized youth: Understanding the barriers to academic achievement for foster youth. Presented at the annual meeting of The Association of Teacher Educators. 

Dee, A., & Morton, B. (2013) Rethinking the Core Program: Preparing Classroom-Ready Educators for a Multiplicity of Learners. Presented at the annual meeting of The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. 

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2012). Innovative partnerships in teacher preparation programs: Re-thinking the clinical practice model for school improvement. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Network for School and Community Partnerships.

Morton, B. (2012). What Do We Really Know About Educating Foster Children? Presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Association of Teacher Educators.

Morton, B. (2012). What Do We Really Know About Educating Foster Children? Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators.

Brazo, C., Morton, B., & Dixon, K. (2012). You Feel Like Family! Exploring the joys and dysfunctions of the cohort model in preservice teacher education programs. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators.

Dee, A., & Morton, B. (2012). Teacher Characteristics: Dispositions for Success in Low SES Schools. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators.

Dee, A., & Morton, B. (2011). Teacher presence: Traits and dispositions leading to passion and professionalism. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators.

Dee, A., & Morton, B. (2011). Teacher presence: Traits and dispositions leading to passion and professionalism. Presented at the annual meeting of the Oregon Association of Teacher Educators.

Invited Presentations

Morton, B. & Birky, G. (2015). Co-teaching and Disposition Development.  For presentation at the TeachOregon Statewide Forum for Human Resource Directors.

Morton, B. (2015).  Set yourself up for success!: Supporting foster youth in their freshman year.  DREAM Conference, Western Oregon University.

Morton, B. (2014). What makes foster youth special? How trauma impacts instruction and academic achievement. Presented at Marylhurst University.

Morton, B. (2014).   What successful freshmen do! Life 101 seminar at West Linn High School.

Morton, B. (2014). University 101 for foster youth. DREAM Conference, Western Oregon University.

Morton, B. (2013, May)  How might teacher preparation institutions better engage partner district(s) and communities? Regional International Christian Colleges of Teacher Education conference.

Morton, B, Birky, G., Pugsley, K. (2013). Co-Teaching in University / School Partnerships. Presented at the convening of the Portland Metro Educational Partnership.

Morton, B. (2013) Co-Teaching in a University-School Partnership. For presentation at the Chalkboard TeachOregon state forum.

Keynote Address

Standing in the Gap:  Promoting justice for marginalized youth. Presented at George Fox University Professional Development day, March, 2012.

Professional Memberships

2015–present             American Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators TAG
                                   Diversifying the Teaching Force, Scholarship & Research Group
2012-present             American Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators
2012-present             American Education Research Association
2010-present             Association of Teacher Educators

Professional Committees

2015–present             Oregon Teacher Preparation edTPA Research team

2014–present             Department of Human Services Independent Living Program Policy Setting Workgroup – Education

2014–present             Chair, Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities, Deans and Directors

2014-2015                 Oregon Educator Workforce Data Team, an Oregon Department of Education/Oregon Education Investment Board state
                                   committee

2010–2014                 School of Education Diversity Committee, George Fox University

2012–present             TeachOregon, A Chalkboard Project

2012–present             Portland Metro Educational Partnership, Leadership & Steering Committee

2014                            Oregon Educator Preparation Summer Institute Committee, an Oregon Department of Education/Oregon Education Investment
                                   Board state committee

2013–2014                 Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities, Deans and Directors        

2013                            Teacher Standards and Practices Commission Licensure Redesign Committee

2012–2013                 Teacher Standards and Practices Commission / Oregon Association of Colleges of Teacher Preparation Teacher Work Sample
                                   Committee

2012–2013                 Hispanic Initiatives Committee, George Fox University

2010–2013                 Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel (AESRP), Oregon Department of Education                                            

2008–2013                 Alumni Board of Directors, George Fox University.


University Service

2015                            Grant writing workshops for George Fox faculty

2015–Present             Department of Professional Studies Strategic Planning Team

2014-2015                  General Education Committee                                      

2014                            Serve Day Team Leader

2014                            President’s Strategic Planning Committee

2013–Present             Faculty Senate, Graduate Representative

2013                            Chair, 3rd year faculty review committee

2013                            Search Committee: Special Education Director

2012–Present             College of Education Leadership Team

Professional Development

AACTE National Conference, 2013, 2014, 2015
AILACTE National Conference 2015
ATE National Conference, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
National Dropout Prevention Conference, 2014, 2015
NWATE Regional Conference, 2013, 2015
ORATE Regional Conference, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015