Brenda Morton

Brenda Morton, EdD

Associate Professor of Education

School of Education

503-554-2873

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

Certifications

Trauma Response Services Post-Doc Certification, Trauma Response Institute, (In process)
National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification, Clemson University, 2016

Professional Experience: Higher Education

Co-Founder & Instructor, Trauma-Informed School Programming, 2016 - Present
Director, Master of Arts in Teaching, Newberg program, 2016 - 2017
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

MATG 501           The Professional Educator
MATG 502           Structures for Teaching and Learning
MATG 503           Teaching Diverse and Special Populations
MATG 510           Issues in Human Development
MATG 521           Action Research I
MATG 522           Action Research II
MATG 530           Learning Theory
MATG 556           Social Studies Pedagogy
MATG 575           Practicum I
MATG 590           Professional Seminar
EDFL 501            Curriculum Development
EDFL 711-713     Action Research II
GEED 490           Liberal Arts and Critical Thinking
MSBS 430           Grant Proposal Writing
LIBA 100             Knowing and Being Known
TRMA 500           Introduction to Traumatology & Trauma-Informed Care
TRMA 501           Best Practices in Trauma-Informed Care

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 (Selected, 2015 – 2017)

Morton, B.M. & Berardi, A. (in press, 2017.  Trauma-informed school programming: Applications for Mental Health professionals and Educator partnerships. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Morton, B. (2017). The grip of trauma: How trauma disrupts the academic aspirations of foster youth. Child Abuse & Neglect.

Berardi, A. & Morton, B. (2017). A rationale for a trauma-informed school approach to maximize academic success with students in foster care. The Journal of At-Risk Issues, 20(1), 10-16.

Hockett, E. & Morton, B. (2017). When women faculty write: The power of community in scholarship. ICCTE, 12(1).

Dee, A.L., & Morton, B. (2017). Defending theory in educator preparation: Readiness for a multiplicity of learners. Northwest Journal of Teacher Education.

Morton, B. (2016). Engagement: Critical to academic success. National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Newsletter 26(2).

Dee, A.L. & Morton, B. (2016). Admissions metrics: A red herring in educator preparation? Issues in Teacher Education, (25)1, 73-89.

Morton, B. (2016). The power of community: How foster parents, teachers, and community members support academic achievement for foster youth. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, (30)1, 99-112.

Morton, B. (2015). Seeking safety, finding abuse: Stories from foster youth on maltreatment and its 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. Issues in Teacher Education. (24)2, 119-132.

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

Publications - Submitted, Awaiting Acceptance

Morton, B.M. & Berardi, A. (submitted – under review, 2016). Trauma-informed school programming: Applications for Mental Health professionals and Educator partnerships. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Morton, B. (submitted – under review, 2016). Education: The key to a bright future for foster youth. A chapter submitted to Academy Books.

Morton, B. (submitted - under review, 2016). Growing up fast: Implications for foster youth when self-reliance and adulthood collide. Submitted to Children & Youth Services Review.

Morton, B. & Dee, A.L. (submitted – under review, 2016). Liberal arts mission and professional programs: A dichotomy unfounded. Submitted to ICCTE.

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.

Conference Presentations (Selected, 2015 – 2017)

Morton, B. (2017). The role of mental health on the academic achievement of traumatized children and youth. Proposal accepted to American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children annual conference.

Morton, B. (2017). When self-reliance becomes a barrier: Why foster youth cannot ask for help. Proposal accepted to American Educational Research Association (AERA) for annual conference.

Morton, B. (2016). What happened to shop class? How career and technical education can reduce the dropout rate by engaging at-risk students. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Dropout Prevention Conference.

Morton, B. & Berardi, A. (2016). The missing element of best practice: Trauma-informed. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Dropout Prevention Conference.

Morton, B. & Berardi, A. (2016). Responding to trauma through a culture of care: Raising a new generation of teachers. Presented at the annual meeting of Oregon Association of Teacher Educators.

Dee, A.L. & Morton, B. (2016). Leading the profession: Preparing teacher candidates for professional evaluation defined by Senate Bill 290. Poster session with Master of Arts in Teaching Full-time format students. Presented at the annual meeting of Oregon Association of Teacher Educators.

Dee, A.L. & Morton, B. (2016). Teacher candidates, school districts, and Oregon Senate Bill 290: Partnering and preparing for effectiveness. Presented at the annual meeting of AILACTE.

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.

Invited Presentations (Selected, 2015 – 2017)

Morton, B. (2017). Academic challenges, supports, and graduation. A presentation to foster youth and Department of Human Services District 3 leadership.

Morton, B. & Berardi, A. (2017). Trauma-Informed Schools. A presentation to the Oregon ACE Collaborative.

Morton, B. (2017). Trauma and Academic Outcomes for Foster Youth. A presentation to foster parents, and the Department of Human Services on academic outcomes.

Morton, B. (2016). Barriers to academic achievement for foster youth: The story behind the statistics. Paper/Research presentation at the Association of Childhood Education International conference in Costa Rica, of manuscript published in their Journal of Research in Childhood Education and awarded Research Article of the Year.

Morton, B. (2016). Thriving in college: What successful students do. DREAM Conference, Western Oregon University.

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

Keynote Address

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

Awards

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Teaching & Research Award for 2017-2018 to Estonia. Project: The impact of poverty and trauma on academic achievement: Classroom practices that support vulnerable children. Teaching and research to take place at the University of Tartu, Tartu Estonia. 

Journal of Research in Childhood Education Distinguished Education Research Article Award for 2015. The article, “Barriers to Academic Achievement for Foster Youth: The Story Behind the Statistics,” was selected by the members of the JRCE Editorial Advisory Board as an illustration of superior research and excellent writing on a topic of high import for the field.