Amy T. Belcastro
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: EP 136
BA in History, 1988, University of California, Santa Cruz; Mult. Subjects and Social Science Teaching Credential, 1989, C.S.U. Sacramento; MA, Behavioral Science 1996, C.S.U. Sacramento; She is currently completing her PhD at UC Davis in Educational Policy and School Organzation.
Professor Belcastro has been a member of the educational system for over 20 years. Her background includes working as a member of the research and development team for the California Department of Education; teaching in an alternative secondary setting, middle school PDS and an elementary school; teaching at the post-secondary education in California and Oregon. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations, presenting nationally on educational reform. Currently, she is coordinating the Two-Year MAT Program, as well as teaching in both the MAT and Med program. Her professional interests are research on educational reform that include: policy, teacher training, instructional effectiveness, and authentic assessments; First generation college students and retention; Non-traditional students and adult learning theory; Social-emotional learning theory and intelligence; and issue of social justice and democratic schools.