Department of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching Students Present Capstone Research

24 Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) graduate students presented their capstone projects in a roundtable format to faculty, fellow students, mentors, and local educators.

The MAT Capstone Project is an application of the theories introduced in courses over the summer, fall, and spring semesters. During their yearlong residency placement, Brown's MAT students complete a long-term inquiry project that explores their own beginning teaching practice. In carrying out this project, they investigate their teaching experience as a means of improving classroom practice and student learning.

Students select a standard and teaching practice that directly applies to their classroom and community context, investigate what others have learned about this teaching practice, create a unit of instruction, develop diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments, and reflect on student learning. 

"The presentations of these inquiry projects highlighted the tremendous work our MATs have done not only developing their practice but investigating the impact of their work on student learning," says Professor Diane Silva Pimentel, director of the program.

"This event provided a vibrant space for our pre-service and local in-service educators to engage in rich discussions about culturally responsive practice. I'm so proud of our graduates this year and know they will be dynamic contributors to their school communities and the field of education."

Below are the names of our MAT students and the titles of the presentations that they gave at the May 24 roundtable event. 

Andrea Aspajo Berdiales Same Event, Different Stories: Scaffolding the Analysis of Multiple Narratives in History
Marie-Anne Barrón Puertas Highlighting Student Voices: Promoting Strong Student-Centered Literary Discussions
Annemarie Bell Reading for Empathy
Callie Bouton Integrating Textual Evidence in Writing
Skye Brodsky The Overlap: Building Analysis Skills through Symbolism
Ronan Fitzgerald Talk To Me: Using Student Conferences to Increase Student Work Completion
Phuongthao Hoang Culturally Relevant Literacy & The Multimodal Argumentative Essay
Grace King “Now Write That Down!”: Deepening Student Self-Efficacy for Historical Reasoning
Noa LaMaskin Let’s Talk About It!: Increasing Student’s Mathematical Confidence through Structured Dialogues
Maya Lehrer Highlighting Student Voices: Promoting Strong Student-Centered Literary Discussions
Conor Madden Synthesis Writing: Promoting Critical Thinking and Rhetorical Awareness
Patrick Mignanelli Friendly Feedback: Using Peer Feedback To Improve Student Writing and Historical Analysis
Sara Montoya Centering Lived Experience - Intersectional Feminist Pedagogies in Ethnic Studies - Translating Theory to Practice
Opeyemi Olagunju “How Do You Know That?”: Supporting Students’ Reasoning Skills Through Questioning
Daysha Patalot Embedding Real-Life Math Applications to Increase Student Engagement and Performance
Daaé Ransom Mapping the Path to Exposition: Self-constructed Concept Maps Scaffold Expository Writing in Secondary MLL Biology
Thomas Reid Beyond Group Work: Cultivating Collaboration through Project-Based Learning
Brittany Ruiz "Let's Lock In": Improving Critical Engagement through Media Literacy
Ciara Sing Building Discussions: Cultivating Academic Dialogue Through Sequenced Instruction & Conversational Moves
Julissa Torres Empowering Writers: Creating Stories and Delivering Messages through Process Writing
Bridget Wall What's in the News?: Increasing Student Engagement and Historical Connections through Media Literacy
Dylan Welch Analyzing Metaphors in Poems
Annie Zavitz Reading Between the Lines: Using Graphic Organizers to Support Inference-Based Analysis
Megan Zhang Students as Participants in History: Using RAFT Writing to Catalyze Students' Historical Thinking