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Carolyn Berenato, Ed. D.

Carolyn L. Berenato, Ed. D. is an assistant professor of Special Education at Saint Joseph's University.  Her research focuses on learning environments; K-12 curriculum and educational environments with a concentration on special education teaching in the areas of art, literacy and mathematics education, specific learning disabilities, dyslexia, pre-service teachers and administration development, and instructional leadership.  She teaches undergraduate and masters courses on Literacy, Mathematics, Inclusive Classrooms, Introduction to Special Education, Special Education Practices for School Leaders, and Special Education Law and Policy.

In 2015, she completed the Ingnation Leadership Program at Saint Joseph’s University. Prior to arriving at Saint Joseph's in January 2009, she also served as a literacy coach, assistant middle school principal and elementary school principal with the Upper Darby School District.  Dr. Berenato received her B.A. in art history from Rosemont College, her M.S. in education from Saint Joseph’s University with Pennsylvania certifications in elementary education K-6, reading specialist K-12, special education K-12, curriculum supervisor K-12, principal K-12, and letter of eligibility for superintendent and her Ed.D. in educational leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.

Her dissertation, A Historical Analysis of the Influence of John Dewey’s Educational Philosophy on the Barnes Foundation’s Art Educational Experience: 1922 to the Present, was completed in 2008. Her dissertation was published into a book in 2010, John Dewey’s Educational Philosophy and the Barnes Foundation.  Other works have appeared in the Journal of Education and Learning, Learning Disabilities:  A Multidisciplinary Journal and the Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly. She has been a member of the John Dewey Society since 2005 and serves as the Treasurer for the International Visual Literacy Society since 2013.

Published Works:

  • Berenato, C.  & Severino, L. (2017). Early literacy teacher preparation:  One universities’ perspective.  Learning Disabilities:  A Multidisciplinary Journal.
  • Cooperman, N. E. & Berenato, C. (2014).  Students’ perceptions of electronic feedback as an alternative to handwritten feedback:  One university’s inquiry. Journal of Education and Learning.
  • Terosky, A.L., Wang, A., Berenato, C. L. & Rodrigues, E. (2012).  Sitting in the director’s chair: One university’s response to media representations of education.  Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly.
  • Berenato, C. (2010). John Dewey’s educational philosophy and the Barnes Foundation:  Analysis of the influence of John Dewey’s philosophy on the Barnes Foundation’s art educational experience.  Saarbrücken, Germany:  Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co.

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