Brenda Morton

Brenda MortonAssociate Professor
Director of Strategic Partnerships & Clinical Practices, College of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching Dept.
Telephone: 503-554-2873 (Newberg)
E-mail: bmorton@georgefox.edu


EDUCATIONAL HISTORY
Doctorate in Educational Leadership
George Fox University

Administrative Licensure Program
George Fox University

Master of Arts in Teaching
George Fox University

Bachelor of Science in Sociology
Portland State University  

OREGON LICENSURES
Oregon Initial Administrator License, 2007-present
Oregon Initial Secondary Teaching Certification, 2003-present
Social Studies & English/Language Arts Endorsement, 2003-present

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE HIGHER EDUCATION
2012 – present          Director of Strategic Partnerships & Clinical Practices

2009 – present          Assistant Professor
                               George Fox University, Newberg, OR

2007 – 2009              English Teacher
                                Sherwood High School, Sherwood, OR

2006 – 2007              English and Social Studies Teacher
                                Horizon Christian High School, Tualatin, OR

2003 – 2006              Sixth grade humanities and math teacher
                                Horizon Christian Middle School, Tualatin, OR

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!”

GRANTS                                                                                                                     
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. A proposal submitted to 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).

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 submitted to The Ruth Landes Memorial Fund ($13,000.00).

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.

RESEARCH                                                                                                                             
2015 – Present          Bridging Senate Bill 290 and Teacher Preparation

2014 – Present          Clinical Practice outcomes and identification of potential biases toward male candidates, with Dr. Amy Dee

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

2011 – Present          Innovative partnerships in teacher preparation programs: Re-thinking the clinical practice model for school improvement, with Dr. Ginny Birky.

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 with Dr. Amy Lynn Dee

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION                                                                                 
Morton, B. (2012).  Foster youth and post-secondary education: A study of the barriers and supports that led to academic achievement. George Fox University, Newberg, OR.

GRANTS AWARDED                                                                                                 
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.

PUBLICATIONS                                                                                          
Morton, B. (in press, 2015) Seeking safety, finding abuse: Stories from foster you on maltreatment and it's impact on academic achievement. Child & Youth Services.

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (in press, 2014) Innovative school-university partnerships: Co-teaching in secondary settings. Issues in Teacher Education.

Morton, B. (in press, 2014) The power of community:  How foster parents, teachers, and community members support academic achievement for foster youth.  Journal of Research in Childhood Education.  

Morton, B. (in press, 2014). Barriers to Academic Achievement for Foster Youth:  The story behind the statistics. Journal of Research in Childhood Education.  

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. For presentation 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? For presentation 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. For presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Morton, B., & Birky, G. (2012, April). 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 (INET), Vancouver, B.C.

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

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

Brazo, C., Morton, B., & Dixon, K. (2012, February). 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, San Antonio, TX.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PEER REVIEWER                                                                                                               
2014 – Present          International Christian Community for Teacher Education – Peer reviewer at Editor Request

2014 - Present           Social Work Journal – Peer reviewer at Editor request.

2013 - Present           Child Welfare Journal - Peer reviewer at Editor request. 

2013 - Present           SAGE Publications – Peer reviewer at Editor request.

2013 - Present           Journal of Childhood Research – Peer reviewer at Editor request.

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 a new core program, which was reviewed by the MAT department, School of Education Leadership Team, and the School of Education. Approved Spring, 2013.

PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEES                                                                            
2014 – Present          Department of Human Services Independent Living Program Policy Setting Workgroup – Education

2014 – Present          Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities (OAICU), Chair

2014 - Present           Oregon Educator Workforce Data Team, an ODE/OEIB state committee

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

2013 – Present          Teacher Standards and Practices Commission Licensure Redesign Committee

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

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

2014                         Oregon Educator Preparation Summer Institute Committee, an ODE/OEIB state committee

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

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 – Present          Department of Professional Studies Strategic Planning Team

2014 -  Present          General Education Committee                                              

2014                         Serve Day Team Leader

2014                         President’s Strategic Planning Committee

2013 – Present           Graduate Faculty Senate Representative

2013                         Chair, 3rd year faculty review committee

2013                         Search Committee: Special Education Director

2012 – Present          College of Education Leadership Team

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