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Dr. Benita Bruster

RESEARCH AGENDA  
My research interests include reflective practice and the effects on improving instructional decisions. The study, use, and application of critical thinking on teacher effectiveness are also areas of focus and research. Family literacy and community connections are additional integral topics of interest and study in my continued professional development and self-improvement.

PROFESSIONAL WRITINGS AND RESEARCH

Published Articles

Bruster, B., & Peterson, B. (2012). Using critical incidents in teaching to promote reflective practice. Reflective Practice. International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives Journal. Nov. 1-13. DOI:10.1080/14623943.2012.732945

Harris, A., Bruster, B., Peterson, B., and Shutt, T. (2010). Examining and facilitating reflection to improve professional practice. MA: Roman and Littlefield, Inc.

Bruster, B. & Luck, D. (2009). Partnering with parents. Tennessee Reading Teacher Journal, 37 (1), 41-44.

Bruster, B. (2009). Breaking down barriers to student success in content area text. National Social Science Association Journal, 31(2) 26-30.

Bruster, B. (2008). Service learning: Family literacy projects involving pre-service teachers. Tennessee Reading Teacher Journal, 36(1), 2-6.

Bruster, B. (2006). Reading and Language Arts White Paper: Research and Theoretical Support for Literacy Products. Compass Learning, Austin, Texas.

Bruster, B. (1994). Reading Recovery Site Report Year 3: A Study of Reading Recovery students across North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, Denton.

Bruster, B. (1993). Reading Recovery Site Report Year 2: A Study of Reading Recovery students and students involved in small group instruction, Texas Woman’s University, Denton.

Bruster, B. (1992). Reading Recovery Site Report Year 1: A comparative study of students in the Reading Recovery Program and a control first grade group. Texas Woman’s University, Denton TX.

Bruster, B. (1991). Scaffolded Instruction: The Effective Use of Teacher Student Dialogue, Texas Woman’s University, Denton TX. 

Presentations

Stewart, T., Bruster, B., & Peterson, B. (2014, April). The reflective reformer: How the teacher performance assessment fosters educational leadership. Center for Scholastic Inquiry International Research Conference, San Fransisco, CA.

Bruster, B. (2013, October). Language Arts: Engagement and Delivery of Common Core Standards, Content, and Skills Through Problem-based Learning in Science. Paper presented at the annual meeting, Southeast Regional Association of Teacher Educators, Sarasota, FL.

Barrett, B., Buttery, T.J., & Bruster, B. (2013, October). Common core standards and social studies. Southeast Regional Association of Teacher Educators, Sarasota, FL.

McMahan, R. & Bruster, B. (2013). Merging literacy into scienc instruction through problem-based learning STEM activities. NSTA Regional Conference, Charlotte, NC.

Bruster, B. & Peterson, B, Stewart, T. (2013, April). Game Change: Reflections on the use of Portfolios vs. Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) in a Redesigned Teacher Education Program. Conference presentation (Accepted).  American Educational Research Association: San Francisco, CA.

Barrett, B., Bruster, B., & Buttery, T. J.  (2013, March). The internet: Using primary source documents and writing activities to teach the Holocaust. Presented at the National Social Science and Technology Association, National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Bruster, B. (2013, March).  Using Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA) in Teacher Education. Conference presentation for National Technology and Social Science National Conference: Las Vegas, NV.

Bruster, B. & Bruster, B. (2012, October).Promoting Active Student Engagement: Using Reading Comprehension Strategies with History Texts. Conference Presentation for National Technology and Social Science National Conference: Albuquerque NM.

Peterson, B. & Bruster, B. (2012, April). Using Teacher Performance Assessment  (TPA) data to construct insight from student teachers’ perspectives. Conference presentation for National Technology and Social Science Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Bruster, B., & Peterson, B. (2011, February). Using reflective practice to improve instructional practice.  Conference presentation at the Association of Teacher Educators, Orlando, FL.

Deitrich, M., & Bruster, B. (2011, February). Reading comprehension strategies. Presentation International Reading Association Conference, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Peterson, B., & Bruster, B. (2010, April). Phases of reflective practice: Using blogs and journaling to improve instructional effectiveness. Conference presentation. American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

Bruster, B. (2010, April). Using problem-based learning in on-line course development. Conference Presentation. National Technology and Social Science Association, Professional Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV. 

Bruster, B. (2010 March). Developing Problem-Based Learning in On-Line Courses, National Technology and Social Science Association, Professional Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

November, 2009, Global Perspectives and Literacy, 56th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, Louisville, KY.

Bruster, B., Deitrich, M., & Barrett, B. (2009, October). Vocabulary, using language and
literature in school, at home, and in the community. Presentation at the Tennessee Association for the Education for Young Children conference, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

October, 2009, Milestones, Portfolios, Artifacts, and Rationales: Capturing Student Knowledge Through Reflective Writing, Cheatham County Staff Development, Ashland City, TN.

Bruster, B., & Shutt, T. (2009, July, 14-16). Rigorous and relevant on-line curriculum supporting a just and peaceful society. Presented at the North American Chapter of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

April, 2009, Using Critical Questions and Prompts while Blogging to Improve Reflective Practice, National Social Science Association, Professional Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

February, 2009, “Vocabulario: Usando Lenguaje y Literatura en el Colegio, la Casa, y la Comunidad,” International Reading Association Conference, Guatemala.

November, 2008, Using Assessment Data to Diagnostically Close the Literacy Achievement Gap, 55th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, Myrtle Beach, SC.

August, 2008, “Using visual metaphors: Exploring insightful reflections in teacher education”
National Social Science Association, Professional Development Conference, Alaska.

April, 2008 “Enhancing Mentorship with Podcasting” National Social Science Association, Professional Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV

April, 2008 “Blogging: A New Tool for Reflective Practice” National Social Science Association, Professional Development Conference, Las Vegas, NV

August, 2007 “Breaking Down Barriers to Student Success in Content Area Texts: Interests, Motivation, and Comprehension", National Social Science Association, Professional Development Conference, Mexico

March, 2007 “Vocabulary: More than a Definition", Tennessee Reading Association Conference, Cool Springs, TN

July, 2006 “Reading in the Content Area” and “Using Assessment to Inform Instruction”, University of North Carolina: New Teacher Academy

March, 2005 “Historical Impact of Louise Rosenblatt: The Transactional Theory of Reading”, International Reading Association Conference San Antonio, Texas

April, 2005 “Redirecting Children’s Behavior”, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2001-2005 Tribes Training: “Building a Learning Community”, Broward County Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Tracy, California

2001-2005 “Curriculum Mapping for Classroom Teachers in Grades K-5: Using State Standards, Assessments, and Curriculum to Improve Teaching and Learning”. Broward County Schools, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Tracy Unified School District, Tracy, California" Teacher Mentoring Program”, Florida, California, and Texas

Editing

The Tennessee Reading Journal. A publication of the Tennessee Reading Association.  Editor – Benita Bruster

 National Social Science and Technology Association, Newsletter Editor – Benita Bruster

Academic Service

2010-Present-National Social Science Association Journal Reviewer

2009-Present Editor of the Tennessee Reading Teacher Journal

2009-Present Treasurer of Tennessee Association of Teacher Educators (TATE)

2009-Present President of Mid-Cumberland Reading Council (MCRC)

2008-Present-International Reading Association Conference Program Reviewer

2008-Present Block I Coordinator for Field Experience Placement

2008-Present Redesigning Reading Instruction University Committee

2008-Present School of Education Program Review Team (K-6, 4-8, and Reading)

2008-Present NCATE Committee Member for Standard One

2008-Present Faculty Senate Committee and Academic Red Committee

2008-Present Rubric/Lesson Plan Rubric Committee Chair

2008-Present School of Education Search Committee for Reading and Special Education Faculty

2008-Present Milestone Review Committee

2007-Present Graduate Committee, Chair, School of Education, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

2007-Present Faculty Senate, Member University Committee, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

2007-Present Assessment Retention Committee, Chair, School of Education, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

2007-2009 Social Committee, Chair, School of Education, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN

1994-2006 Leadership Chair and Member for School Improvement Committee
Chair of Five-Star Schools Committee

2002-2004 Coordinator for Community Partners with Public Schools

Grants and Awards

McMahan R. Gold, M. & Bruster, B. (2012).  Access and Diversity Grant: Collaborative Diversity Research Consortium. Tennessee Board of Regents, Access and Diversity Initiative Grants.

Bruster, B. ($45,776). Technology Grant (TAF). Funded by the Technology Access Fee Austin Peay State University.

Peterson, B. & Bruster, B. ($5,000). Summer Research Fellow Award Program (SRFP). Funded by Austin Peay State Univeristy.

Bruster, B. ($3,500). Instructional Materials Grant. Funded by the Office of Academic Affairs Austin Peay State University. 

May, 2008 Student Retention and Incentive Grant for the School of Education $7,000

April, 2008 Professor of the Semester Award, Presented by the Student Tennessee Education Association

2005-2006 Summer Tiered Approach to Reading (STAR) for Florida Atlantic University to service struggling readers in 4th and 5th graders. Total funding of project $45,000

2004-2005 Summer Tiered Approach to Reading (STAR) for Florida Atlantic University to service struggling readers in 4th and 5th graders. Total funding of project $55,000

2000-2001 Service Learning Projects Grant funded for the utilization of service learning projects that coordinated the community and schools. Teachers were trained to develop curriculum that outlined state standards and connected service-learning projects. Total funding of project $2,000

Title I Grant approved annually for funding of reading and literacy programs for grades K-8. Total funding annually approximately $400,000

Eisenhower Math and Science Grant funded annually for the staff development of teachers in the areas of math and science. Total funded annually approximately $80,000

Head Start Grant annually funded for the initiation, development, and implementation of Head Start Center in two elementary schools. Total funding approximately $500,000.

Conferences

Bruster, B., & Davis, L. (2010, October). Writing with reluctant college students. Conference roundtable session. 57th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, Nashville, TN.