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Southern Oregon University

Associate Professor of Education

belcastro

Phone: 541-552-8245
Office: EP 136
E-Mail: belcasta@sou.edu

Education:

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; PhD at UC Davis in Educational Policy and School Organization, 2009.

Amy has been a member of the educational system for over 25 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; and teaching at the post-secondary education in California and Oregon. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations, presenting nationally and internationally on higher education and teacher education reform. Currently, she is coordinating the MAT Program and teaching curriculum, instruction and assessment classes in the under-graduate and graduate programs. Her professional interests areas of research include: Higher education policy and curriculum; Higher education retention: Non-traditional and first-generation students and adult learning theory; K-12 curriculum and assessment policy and instructional effectiveness; Social-emotional learning theory and intelligence; and issues of social justice and democratic schools.