- Assistant Professor of Education, Bakersfield Regional Center
- Program Director - MAT Single Subject Program
- Email: JoshEmmett@pointloma.edu
- Phone: (661) 321-6631
- Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 2008.
- M.S. Ed. Northern Illinois University, Educational Administration, 1997.
- B.A. Wheaton College, History/Social Science, 1992.
I was fortunate to teach for 12 years at the high school level in two content areas--social studies and science. Adding to the diversity of experience, this service was done in two states--Illinois and Maine. During that time, I also coached high school football in both states, bringing much excitement to Friday nights during the fall.
After fully enjoying 12 years as a classroom teacher, I served for 3 years as a high school administrator in Illinois working with alternative education, small learning communities for freshmen, and curriculum development.
TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATIVE CREDENTIALS:
Illinois Type 09-Standard Secondary Teaching Certificate in social studies and physical sciences.
Illinois Type 75-General Administrative Certificate.
My research focuses upon high school improvement strategies, including the use of small learning communities to support student achievement. A component of this high school research incorporates the redesign of urban high schools. Additionally, I am engaged in a research project utilizing a large database from the NAEP High School Transcript Study. Of particular focus is the math achievement of students in high school in relation to their course-taking patterns.
A special area of research interest relates to math instruction at the middle grade level. Achieving successful student outcomes in high school can relate to the level of academic preparedness, especially in math.
My dissertation research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focused on high school redesign and school improvement to increase student achievement.
"Innovation, Leadership, and Resource Utilization Practices in Three High Schools with Significant Learning Gains: A Multi-Site Case Study", University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008.
PEER REVIEWED RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS:
"An Urban High School Response to Underprepared Freshman: A Case Study of a Freshman Academy." California Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA, November 2010.
“A New Teacher Empowerment Framework for High School Improvement: A Multi-Site Case Study.” California Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA, November 2009.
“Innovation and Leadership Practices in Three High Schools with Significant Learning Gains: A Multi-Site Case Study.” University of Redlands Summer Institute on Leadership for Educational Justice, Redlands, CA, July 2009.
Serve as a member of the Alternative Governance Board for Standard Middle School, Bakersfield, CA.
EDU 621: General Methods for Secondary Teachers
EDU 603: Classroom Assessment and Research Practice
GED 672: Philosophy of Education
GALLUP STRENGTHS QUEST:
Achiever, Individualization, Learner, Developer, Strategic