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Catherine M. Brighton

Professor
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
Ruffner Hall 102H
405 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2001
M.Ed., University of Virginia, 1992
B.A., The Catholic University of America, 1990
Biography

Catherine Brighton is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, a Principal Investigator on a Spencer Foundation-sponsored research project focused on kindergarten teachers’ use of literacy data to inform instruction and serves as the co-director of the University of Virginia Institutes on Academic Diversity. She is the past-president of the Virginia Association for the Gifted (VAG), and is the former treasurer for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Special Interest Group on Research in Giftedness and Talent.

As associate dean for academic programs and student services, Brighton will oversee the academic programs for Curry the School, the Office of Admissions and Student Services, counsel enrolled and prospective students, as well as serves as an advisor to the dean. 

She earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology - Gifted Education at the University of Virginia in 2001. Prior, she was a curriculum coordinator/assistant principal, teacher of the gifted, and classroom teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, (Charlotte, NC). She was recognized by the National Association for Gifted Children in 2005 as the Early Leader for the Association. This award is given annually to an individual who has exhibited the highest and most consistent degree of leadership in the field of gifted education since receiving the doctorate.

EDIS 5993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Independent Study
EDIS 6800: Creativity and Problem Solving
Credits: 3
Explores theories of creativity through study of creative people, the creative process, creative products, and creative "press" or those environmental conditions that support and facilitate creative production. Focuses on assessment of creativity, research related to creativity and its applications to education, environments conducive to the development of creativity, and heuristics designed to encourage creativity.
EDIS 7220: Intro to the Gifted
Credits: 3
Overview of the field of gifted education including conceptions of giftedness, identification tools and processes, characteristics of gifted learners, programming options, curriculum and instruction, and evaluation for gifted learners- including historically under-represented students. Students will gain a foundation in the field of gifted education and appropriate educational responses to gifted learners to be built upon in subsequent courses.
EDIS 7250: Models and Strategies for Teaching the Gifted
Credits: 3
Students gain an understanding of models for delivering instruction and adapting teaching strategies for appropriately educating gifted students. Participants learn strategies that nurture the affective, creative, and cognitive needs of gifted learners; including those who are culturally and linguistically diverse, economically disadvantaged, highly gifted, or have special needs or disabilities (twice-exceptional learners).
EDIS 7280: Creativity and Problem Solving
Credits: 3
Explores theories of creativity through study of creative people, the creative process, creative products, and creative "press" or those environmental conditions that support and facilitate creative production. Focuses on assessment of creativity, research related to creativity and its applications to education, environments conducive to the development of creativity, and heuristics designed to encourage creativity.
EDIS 7810: Assessment of Curriculum: K-12
Credits: 3
Studies the implications for curriculum and data collection techniques of K-12 schools. Specific attention is given to objectives, sequence, standards, and developments in each subject area.
EDIS 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Course permits students to work, under close faculty guidance, on an individual research project. Research done in this course may not be considered a part of thesis or dissertation work. Enrollment in this course should be limited to two three-credit registrations (six credits) at the doctorate level. Exceptions to this regulation should have the approval of the advisory committee and the dean of the School of Education.
EDIS 8970: Field Study
Credits: 3–6
In this student-driven, field-based course, students perform work at a school, district, or other educational setting to investigate and address a specific question, challenge, need, or interest of the partner organization. Students make informed analyses of the educational issues and present findings.
EDIS 8982: Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction
Credits: 1–12
Practicum: Curriculum & Instruction
EDIS 9740: Internship in College Teaching or Supervision
Credits: 1–6
Opportunities for experienced doctoral students to teach courses or partial courses at the University, or to supervise student teachers under the guidance of a faculty member.
EDIS 9991: Ed.D. Research
Credits: 1–12
Ed.D. Research conducted under the guidance of dissertation/capstone committee. 12 hours required for graduation. Permission of Instructor required.
EDIS 9993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–6
Under close guidance of a faculty member, students work on an area of particular interest that cannot be met by a regularly scheduled course. A plan of study should be signed by the faculty sponsor and filed in the student's permanent file in the Office of Student Affairs. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDIS 9995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–6
Permits students to work jointly with faculty or other students in cooperatively designing and executing research projects. The nature and scope of such projects are advanced beyond the master's level, and a plan of research should be signed and filed in the student's permanent file. Prerequisite: Advisor permission.
EDIS 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisites: Advisor Permission Required
EDIS 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.