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Stephanie M. Branson
Literacy Studies & Elementary Education
University of South Florida
branson@mail.usf.edu
3037 Heron Place
Clearwater, FL 33762
(727) 244-6975
Education
Expected Spring 2018
2016
PhD in Curriculum & Instruction
Dual Specialization: Literacy Studies & Elementary Education
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Committee: Jenifer Schneider, Jennifer Jacobs, Danielle Dennis,
Jolyn Blank, & Julie Coiro
Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy
University of Rhode Island
Advisors: Julie Coiro & Renee Hobbs
2007
EdS in Media & Instructional Technology
University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA
Project: Diffusion of interactive whiteboards in the elementary
setting
2003
MA in Elementary Education
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
1997
BS in Education
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
Research Interests
My research interests focus on exploring the literacy practices of primary students and teachers, as
well as, innovative teacher development practices across the lifespan. I have a specific interest and
specialization in technology integration and digital literacies and how teachers and students enact
digital literacies in the primary classroom. My current research includes:
Exploring and understanding the digital literacy practices of primary teachers and students
Examining innovative professional development contexts to support teacher development
in digital literacies
Examining alternative clinical experiences and innovative teacher education practices as a
way to develop literacy educators
Research Experience
2016- Present
Summer Institute in Digital Literacy
Researcher in Residence: Sara Kajder & Stephanie Branson
Lead Investigators: Julie Coiro & Renee Hobbs
University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
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2015- Present
Developing an understanding of literacy through a
study abroad field experience
Lead Investigator: Danielle Dennis
Research Team: Stephanie Branson, Sherridon Sweeney,
Brian Flores, Allison Papke
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
2014- 2016
Multi-touch tables in the VPK classroom
Research Team: Jennifer Ward, Stephanie Branson, Megan
Cross, Ilene Berson
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Scholarly Work
Peer- Reviewed Chapters
Dennis, D. V., Branson, S., Flores, B., & Papke, A. (2016). The Cambridge Schools Experience:
Developing literacy educators within an international School-University Partnership. In H. An
(Ed.) Efficacy and Implementation of Study Abroad Programs for P-12 Teachers. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Peer-Reviewed Publications
Damjanovic, V., Quinn, S., Branson, S., Caldas, E., & Ledford, E. (2017). The use of pedagogical
documentation techniques to create focal points in a school-university partnership in early childhood
education: Technologies that create a ‘third space’. School University Partnerships
Ward, J., Branson, S., Cross, M., & Berson, I. (2016). Exploring developmental appropriateness of multi-
touch tables in PreKindergarten: A video analysis. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 48(3),
227-238.
Branson, S. (Winter, 2014). Another way to get “turned on” to books: E-readers in the elementary
classroom. Journal of Reading Education, 39(2), 31-32.
Web Based Publications
Branson, S. (2017, April 28). Visual literacies through Instagram in the primary classroom [ILA blog post].
Retrieved from https://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-daily/2017/04/28/visualliteracies-
through-instagram-in-the-primary-classroom
Peer-Reviewed Publications Under Review
Decat, E., Blank, J., Damjanovic, V., Branson, S., & Berson, I. (Under Review). Using technology to foster
storytelling in the preschool classroom. Journal of Inquiry and Action.
Manuscripts in Preparation
Branson, S., & Papke, A., Sweeney, S., Dennis, D., & Flores, B. (in progress). Images of literacy: Capturing
and developing literacy practices in a study abroad field experience. [Literacy Research & Instruction]
Dennis, D., Sweeney, S., Flores, B., Papke, A., & Branson, S. (in progress). Pre-service teachers
perceptions of literacy in a study abroad field experience.
Dennis, D., Sweeney, S., & Branson, S. (in progress). Developing global school-university partnerships.
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Presentations
National
Branson, S. (2017, July). Flipping over reflections: Using video apps to reflect and respond to literature. Presentation at
the 2017 annual meeting International Literacy Association (ILA), Orlando, Florida.
Schneider, J., Osvath, C., Frier, A., & Branson, S. (2017, February). The escape room: Using capers, quandaries,
and theoretical constructs to explore children’s and YA literature. Presentation at the 2017 annual meeting of
the Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE), Athens, Georgia.
Branson, S., Papke, A., Dennis, D., & Flores, B. (2016, December). Exploring pre-service teachers’
understanding of literacy through digital images. Paper accepted at the 2016 annual meeting of the
Literacy Research Association (LRA), Nashville, TN.
Dennis, D., Branson, S., Flores, B., Papke, A., & Sweeney, S. (2016, December). Developing pre-service
teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge in literacy through content coaching in a study abroad
context. Paper accepted at the 2016 annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association (LRA),
Nashville, TN.
Branson, S., Papke, A., & Vlk, A. (2016, March). Integrating digital literacies into a 3
rd
grade classroom.
Paper presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Information Technology and Teacher
Education (SITE), Savannah, GA.
Branson, S., & Papke, A. (2016, March). Using Instagram to explore literacy practices in a study abroad
field experience. Paper presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Information
Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), Savannah, GA.
Papke, A., Branson, S., & Vlk, A. (2016, March). ActivEngagement: Promethean technology and student
engagement. Paper presented at the 2016 Professional Development Schools National Conference
(NAPDS) Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Branson, S., Burns, R. W., & Papke, A. (2016, February). Accountability through blogging: Developing a
professional identity in a clinically-rich context. Paper presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the
Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Chicago, IL.
Branson, S., Ward, J., Cross, M., & Berson, I. (2015, June). Exploring developmental appropriateness of
multi-touch tables in PreK. Paper presented at the 2015 International Society for Technology in
Education (ISTE) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
Branson, S., Arndt, K., Casciola, V., & Williams, K. (2015, March). Promoting an understanding of equity
in alternative clinical contexts. Paper presented at the 2015 Professional Development Schools
National Conference (NAPDS) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
Arndt, K., Casciola, V., Branson, S., Hall, J., Albiter, C., Smith, L., Redman, M., Spaulding, L., Banga, K.,
& Simpson, K. (2015, March). Educational equity: The cornerstone of a strong PDS. Paper presented
at the 2015 Professional Development Schools National Conference (NAPDS) Annual Meeting,
Atlanta, GA.
Gonzalez, M., Branson, S., Arndt, K., & Casciola, V. (2015, March). Cultivating an inquiry stance with an
equity lens: Embedding teacher inquiry across a school-university partnership. Paper presented at the
2015 Professional Development Schools National Conference (NAPDS) Annual Meeting, Atlanta,
GA.
Burns, R. W., Branson, S., & Baker, W. (2015, February) representing the elementary faculty of D. Yendol-
Hoppey, J. Jacobs, D. Dennis, R.W. Burns, J. Davis, S. van Ingen, K. Tricarico and doctoral students
of the elementary education program. The University of South Florida Elementary Education Program as an
invited presentation for Learning from Award Winning Teacher Education Programs Session of the
Professional Development School Special Interest Group Paper presented at the annual meeting of
the Association of Teacher Educators in Phoenix, AZ.
Branson, S. (2015, February). Sing About Me: A Story of Hope in Urban Schools. Paper presented at the annual
meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Phoenix, AZ.
Powell, R. & Branson, S. (2013, February). Developing 21
st
century teacher candidates. Paper presented at the
annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Atlanta, GA.
Regional and State
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Branson, S., Ward, J., Cross, M. & Berson, I.R. (2015, February). Awkward Intervals: The Challenge of Aligning
Beliefs and Practices in Developmentally Appropriate Uses of Technology. Paper presented at the 2015 Eastern
Educational Research Association (EERA) Annual Meeting, Sarasota, FL.
Branson, S. (2013, September). The untapped potential of interactive whiteboards in the PK-3 classroom. Paper
presented at the Florida Association for the Education of Young Children (FLAEYC), Orlando, FL.
Branson, S. (2009). Still animation in the elementary classroom, Georgia Educational Technology
Conference (GaETC), Atlanta, GA.
Stewart, K. & Branson, S. (2008). Using ACID music studio to transform writing, Concurrent Session,
Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC), Atlanta, GA.
Branson, S. (2007). Integrating technology in the elementary classroom, Concurrent Session, Georgia
Educational Technology Conference (GaETC), Atlanta, GA.
Grants & Awards
USF Graduate Travel Grant Recipient (2015, 2016)
$500 to present scholarly work at conferences
DKG Lucile Cornetet Grant Recipient (2009)
$1000 to attend technology education conference
Best Buy TE@CH Grant Recipient (2008)
Digital narratives and still animation in the classroom
$2500 to integrate technology into curriculum
PTA Grant Recipient (2007)
Digital photography in the classroom
$250 for classroom technology project
HP Technology Grant Recipient and lead manager (2006)
Integrating technology in a 1
st
grade classroom to support research and inquiry
$40,000 grade level technology project
Professional Experience
2013- Present
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Graduate Assistant & Instructor
Instructor of record for elementary methods, early
childhood, and literacy courses responsible for planning,
grading and course facilitation
Collaborates with other course instructors and lead faculty to
create or modify course syllabi and design meaningful
experiences connected to theory and practice
Integrates technologies and embeds digital literacies
throughout coursework
Supports colleagues and faculty in the use and understanding
of digital literacies.
Field supervisor for undergraduate pre-service teachers
within school-university partnership schools
Collaborates with and supports mentor teachers in school-
university partnership schools
Supports and guides pre-service teachers through
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practitioner inquiry as they examine their own teaching
practices during field experiences
2016-2017
2016
University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI
Summer Institute in Digital Literacies
Researcher in residence
Session facilitator and team leader responsible for supporting
participants throughout the weeklong institute.
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
iTeach- Florida Center for Instructional Technology
Online facilitator and instructor of record for in-service
teacher professional development courses focused on
technology integration and digital literacies
Responsible for grading, video feedback, and engaging
professionals from across Florida in professional online
discourse
2015-2016
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Promethean- Florida Center for Instructional Technology
Responsible for supporting Promethean technology at the
USF Preschool for Creative Learning and with in-service
teachers working in the Urban Teacher Residency
Partnership Program schools
2011- 2013
Anderson Elementary, Tampa, FL
Gifted Teacher (Grades 1-5)
Responsible for the development and implementation of
gifted curriculum, maintaining records for identified
students, communicating gifted program to parents and
teachers, and differentiating instruction to stimulate and
enrich learning based on student strengths and needs
2011
USF St. Petersburg, St. Pete, FL
Graduate Admission Counselor & Recruiter
Responsible for information sessions and group tours on
campus, providing prospective students with information
about campus, application, and admission procedures,
establishing contacts in the community, collaborating with
professors, staff, and admin in recruiting efforts, collecting and
disaggregating data for recruiting events
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2007-2010
2005-2007
Spalding Drive Charter Elementary, Atlanta, GA
Support Specialist
Administration team member responsible for informal
classroom observations, assisting AP with school wide testing
program, supporting technology integration in the classroom,
and monitoring technology initiatives
Student Support Team (SST), 504, and RtI coordinator
responsible for teacher training and support in SST and 504
implementation, monitoring RtI data collection, initiating and
maintaining contact with parents, organizing and facilitating
meetings, maintaining accurate records, collaborating with
team members, and organizing and facilitating intervention
programs for at-risk students in grades K-5
Spalding Drive Charter Elementary, Atlanta, GA
Elementary Teacher
Responsible for the development and implementation of
curriculum, collecting and analyzing data to achieve desired
student learning outcomes, and differentiating instruction to
meet the needs of a diverse range of learners
Designed and facilitated various technology lessons including
clay animation, basic web page design, video production, and
multimedia projects with 3-5
th
grade
2003-2005
Campbell Elementary School, Fairburn, GA
First Grade Teacher
Responsible for the development and implementation of
curriculum and differentiating instruction to meet the diverse
needs of students in an urban setting
University Experience, Literacy & Methods Coursework
2014-2017
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Face-to-face Courses:
EEC 4706: Language and Emerging Literacy (2017)
LAE 4424: Teaching Children’s Literature (2015, 2016)
RED 4312: Emergent Literacy Strategies and Assessment (2016)
EDE 4802: The Teacher as Researcher (2017)
EDE 4301: Instructional Planning for Diverse Learners (2014- 2016)
EDE 4504: Creating & Differentiating the Learning Environment (2014, 2016)
Online Courses:
LAE 4424: Teaching Children’s Literature (2017)
LAE 4414: Literature in Childhood Ed- Non-Education Majors (2015, 2017)
EDE 4943: Alternative Field Experience (2014, 2016)
Responsibilities:
Instructor of record for methods and literacy courses in the
elementary cohort program (face-to-face, blended, & online)
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Responsible for supporting and developing an understanding of
developmentally appropriate and inclusive practices in a diverse
classroom
Assisted pre-service teachers with applying theory from
coursework to their clinical experiences
Fostered and modeled inclusive practices and discussed issues of
equity through intentional community building activities and
facilitated dialogue
Integrated a range of multicultural and diverse children’s
literature throughout coursework that challenged stereotypes and
promoted equity, empathy, and compassion
Collaborated with field supervisors, colleagues, and students to
develop meaningful and connected course activities
Integrated digital literacies throughout coursework (video
reflections, multimedia products, collaborative online work
spaces, live response tools, digital narratives)
Integrated arts-based and multimodal responses into coursework
Field Supervision
2013- 2016
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Courses:
EEC 4943: Early Childhood Internship Level III (2017)
EDE 4940: Elementary Final Internship Level IV (2014-2016)
EDE 4944: Elementary Internship Level III (2014-2016)
EDE 4942: Elementary Internship Level II (2013-2015)
Field Supervisor:
Responsible for leading seminars, coaching, evaluating,
collaborating with mentor teachers across multiple
partnership field sites, collaborating with administration, and
developing mentor teachers
Promoted and maintained a clinically-rich context through
intentional inquiry practices, collaborative partnerships, and
course connections
Supported interns in recognizing and understanding bias in
the classroom and enacting culturally responsive pedagogical
practices
Facilitated seminars focused on professional development,
purposeful goal setting, technology integration, and data
collection and analysis within an inquiry framework
Supported interns with the practitioner inquiry process,
composing a research paper, and submitting work to a
professional conference
On-line Professional Development Facilitator, In-service Education Professionals
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2016- Present
Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT)
Courses:
ICTI 140: Search Skills and Strategies for Research and Learning
ICTI 170: Creating Interactive Digital Narratives
ICTI 180: Accessibility in the Digital Classroom
ICTI 240: Blend and Flip: Creating a Student-Focused Classroom
Responsibilities:
Online course facilitator and instructor of record for four-
week, in-service teacher professional development
Courses focus on developing digital literacies dispositions
and competencies across a range of educational spaces, using
a variety of tools and practices
Responsible for maintaining a visual online presence and
connecting professionals across the state through virtual
discussions and online activities
Service to Profession
Co-Editor
From PD to Practice, SIDL Practitioner Blog (2017)
Associate Editor
School-University Partnerships Journal (2013- present)
Journal Reviewer
Literacy Research and Instruction (2017- present)
Journal of Literacy Practice and Research (2016- present)
Florida Association of Teacher Educators Journal (2014- present)
Conference Proposal
Reviewer
American Educational Research Association (2016)
Division K- Teaching and Teacher Education
SIG- Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and
Learning
Literacy Research Association (2015, 2016, 2017)
Area 1: Pre-service teacher education in literacy
Area 2: In-service teacher education/professional
development in literacy
Area 3: Literacy instruction and literacy learning
Area 10: Literacy technology and media
National Association for Professional Development Schools (2015)
International Society for Technology in Education (2013)
Conference Volunteer
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (March, 2016)
Session Chair
Literacy Research Association (2014, 2016)
Textbook References
Multiple Pathways to Literacy, 9
th
Edition (2017)
Service to University & College
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Recruitment
College of Education, MA in Literacy Studies, (2017)
Social Media Lead
USF Practitioner Research Conference, (2016)
Session Chair
USF Practitioner Research Conference, (2015, 2016)
Study Abroad Facilitator
Co-facilitator for the Cambridge Study Experience (CSE) seminars, (2015-
present)
Candidate Tours
Assisted with prospective faculty candidate tours, (2015, 2016)
Course & Syllabi
Creation
Participated in graduate level course creation for EDE 6346: Teaching and
Learning with Technology in the Elementary Classroom (2015)
Participated in course creation for EDE 4943: Alternative Field Experience-
Community-based (2014)
Invited Speaker
MAT Instructional Planning Course, Digital reading responses in the elementary
classroom, (May, 2016)
PCL Professional Development Days, Digital storytelling in the early childhood
setting, (May, 2016)
USF Elementary Education Professional development Conference,
Technology integration in the clinical experience (Fall 2014)
CSE Study Abroad Seminar, Interactive whiteboards in the classroom (2013)
Service to Community
School-based
Educational Media Materials Review Committee, Anderson
Elementary, Tampa, FL (2013-present)
Technology Support Liaison, USF Preschool for Creative Learning
(Summer 2016- present)
Professional Memberships
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Literacy Research Association (LRA)
International Literacy Association (ILA)
TILE-SIG
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE)
Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)
National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS)
Professional Development
National
Invited Participant, URI Winter Symposium on Digital Literacy in
Higher Education, University of Rhode Island, (Winter 2017)
Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, University of Rhode Island, (2015)
Cognitive Coaching Institute, Atlanta, GA, (2010)
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Critical Friends Coaches Training, Atlanta, GA, (2008)
University
Study Abroad (2016, 2017)
USF Elementary Education Professional Development Conference,
(2013, 2014, 2015)
Literacy Department Doctoral Student Development (2015-2016)
Title IX Training (2015)
Book Study: Finding Freedom in the Classroom, USF, (2015)
Book Study: The Art of Case Study, USF, (2015)
Teaching Certifications
Florida
Elementary K-6
Gifted Endorsement
Georgia
Early Childhood Education P-5
Middle Grades Language Arts 4-8
Middle Grades Math 4-8
Middle Grades Science 4-8
Middle Grades Social Studies 4-8
Gifted Endorsement
Teacher Support Specialist