Sandy Brownscombe

Sandy Brownscombe

Office Phone: (540) 432-4368

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Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 210

“My desire is to assist students become teachers who teach boldly in a changing world through an ethic of care and critical reflection (EMU Education conceptual framework). Starting in Exploring Teaching I begin to help students understand that the ethic of care is a personal action that is strengthened through critical reflection. I view technology within the P-12 setting as a means to enhance learning, to create equitable learning opportunities and to communicate with people outside of the classroom. In Computers in Education I provide my students with a functional knowledge of technology that enables them continue to learn and develop knowledge and skills throughout their professional lives.
As a physical educator I believe in movement education and Teaching Games for Understanding Approach (or Tactical Games). Both approaches have constructivist underpinnings and provide developmentally appropriate learning and assessment opportunities. At EMU tactical games are divided into the following categories: Net games, Territorial games, and Target and Fielding games. Each tactical games lesson includes a tactical problem to be solved, a small-sided game one, questions relevant to game one and the tactical problem, a practice task(s), small-sided game two and concluding questions. Students learn the concepts and the skills of the sports in an integrated fashion and a tactical games lesson meets the characteristics of a good game identified by Hastie (2010) in Student-designed games: Strategies for promoting creativity, cooperation, and skill development:

  • Contribute to skill development;
  • Be safe;
  • Include, not eliminate, students from participation (elimination makes almost no pedagogical sense when one considers that the most likely students to be eliminated are those who have the least skill and in fact need the most practice);
  • Have high participation rates; and
  • Be structured so that all children are successful and are being challenged. (p. 6)

If you need a reason for having sweet dreams, think of your best student. If you need a reason to get out of bed in the morning, think of your worst one Author Unknown"

Sandy Brownscombe earned her Ed.D. from Argosy University/Sarasota, where her dissertation work focused on how second and third-year teachers develop and demonstrate caring in their classrooms. She serves as Coordinator of Field Experiences for the education department. A member of the faculty since 1978, Sandy has taught in the Physical Education Department and in 1991 began teaching in the Education Department. She coached field hockey, women’s basketball, and men’s volleyball and is a member of the EMU Athletics Hall of Honor. Sandy serves as EMU’s representative on the Mid-Valley Clinical Faculty Consortium for Teacher Education Steering Committee. She will serve as a member of the Association of Teacher Educator Board of Directors until February 2016.

Education
  • Ed. D. in K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Argosy University/Sarasota, May 2004, Dissertation Title: Infusing An Ethic Of Care In A P-12 Learning Community: A Case Study Of Second And Third-Year Teachers
  • Master of Science in Physical Education, Washington State University, August 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Northern Colorado, June 1973, Nk-12 Endorsement in Health and Physical Education
Publications

Brownscombe, S. L., (1978). The ability to perceive varying line colors and widths on gymnasium floors. Athletic Purchasing and Facilities, 2(6), 48-49.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
  • Brownscombe, S, & Smeltzer Erb, C., Equitable Instruction: Classroom practices that support socially just learning, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, February 18, 2013. Blind reviewed
  • Developing and Modifying Student Teacher Assessments and Cooperating Teacher Training through a Cross University-School Partnership, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, February 17, 2013. Blind reviewed
  • Student Teaching Assessment: Guiding the Future of Education, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 14, 2012.
  • Enhancing Clinical Practice in a Time of Diminished Resources: The PreK-16 Connection, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 25, 2011.
  • Training Cooperating Teachers as Caring Mentors, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, February 14, 2011.
  • An effective college-school partnership: Why and how it works, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, February 20, 2010.
  • Built to Last: Sustaining an Effective Collaboration, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 16, 2010.
  • Commission on Educating the Whole Child- Educating the Whole Child through ACTION, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 15, 2010.
  • Middle School Students Who are They?, Mennonite Educators Conference, Pittsburg, PA, February 4-6, 2010.
  • Commission on Educating the Whole Child-Motor Skills Effect on Academic Learning, Association of Teacher Educators Summer Meeting, Reno, NV, August 3, 2009.
  • Making the Needs Real to Candidates, Deans Workshop at the 6th Annual Teachers of Promise, Harrisonburg, VA, March 21, 2009.
  • The Whole Child….Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported, and Challenged, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, February 16, 2009.
  • Training Cooperating Teachers: A Collaborative Effort in Educating the Whole Child, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, February 15, 2009.
  • Collaboration: The Path to Building and Sustaining External Partnerships, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 7, 2009.
  • Brownscombe, S, & Smeltzer Erb, C., Why Are We Unique?: Examining Program Components That Set Apart AILACTE Programs, Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, February 6, 2009.
  • Changing the Paradigm: Focusing on Concepts and Playing Games Everyday, Virginia Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance State Convention, Reston, VA, November 7, 2008.
  • A Simple Machines Unit: Using Physical Education to Reinforce Science SOL, Virginia Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance State Convention, Reston, VA, November 7, 2008.
  • Training of Cooperating Teachers To Enhance Student Teacher Involvement In Best Practices, Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, February 24, 2008.
  • Documentation of Student Learning: The Proof is in the Project, Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Conference, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA, February 7, 2008.
Church, Community and Professional Service
  • Member of the Association of Teacher Educators Board of Directors (2011-2013 and 2013-2016)
  • Member of the Association of Teacher Educators Board of Directors Executive Committee (2014-2015)
  • Chair of Association of Teacher Educators Ad Hoc Audit Committee (2014-2015)
  • Planning Committee Co-Chair for Association of Teacher Educators 2015 Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ, February 13-17, 2015
  • Co-Chair for the Association of Teacher Educators 2014 Summer Conference, Niagara Falls, NY, August 1-5, 2014
  • Chair Elect for the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (VAHPERD) College/University Section (2013-2014)
  • MidValley Clinical Faculty Refresher Workshop: Reality Check: CoTeaching and Collaboration with your Student Teacher, Bridgewater, VA, May 7, 2014
  • MidValley Clinical Faculty Training: Conducting post-observation conferences, Reflection And Evaluation–Impact On Student Learning, Problem-solving: Developing strategies to work with developing student teachers, Characteristics of Student Teachers and Adult Learners, and Content Knowledge, Bridgewater, VA, November and April 2008-2014
  • Member of the Association of Teacher Educators Technology and the Future of Teacher Education Standing Committee (2011-2014)
  • The MidValley Consortium for Teacher Education: Creating Teacher Leaders and Community in the Valley since 1988, JMU Kappa Delta Pi Inaugural Conference, Harrisonburg, VA, February 8, 2014
  • TaskStream Training for George Washington University Division of Clinical Experiences & Licensure, Washington, DC, August 22, 2013
  • Successes and challenges of flipping the classroom. TGIW Faculty Presentation, Harrisonburg, VA, January 9, 2013
  • Brownscombe, S, & Smeltzer Erb, C., Making Triangles Into Stars: Ensuring Equitable Instruction, Your Day At School, Rockingham County Public Schools, Harrisonburg, Virginia, November 6, 2012
  • MidValley Clinical Faculty Refresher Workshop: Student Learning & Assessment, North Fork Middle School, Mt. Jackson, VA, October 19, 2012 and John Wayland Elementary School, Bridgewater, VA, May 9, 2013
  • Program Committee Co-Chair for the Association of Teacher Educators 2012 Summer Conference, Boston, MA, August 3-7, 2012
  • MidValley Clinical Faculty Refresher Workshop: Giving Meaningful Feedback, John Wayland Elementary School, Bridgewater, VA, May 9, 2012
  • State Board of Examiners Member for NCATE visit, Blacksburg, VA, April 1-3, 2012
  • College for a Day Field Trip for Elkton Middle School 7th Graders at EMU, March 22, 2012
  • Program Committee Co-Chair for the Association of Teacher Educators 2011 Summer Conference, Philadelphia, PA, August 5-9, 2011.
  • College for a Day Field Trip for J. Frank Hillyard Middle School 7th Graders at EMU, June 3, 2011
  • Lead Author of the Revision of MidValley Consortium Health and Physical Education Student Teaching Reference Guide , A collaborative project of the STEP Project, Harrisonburg, VA, Fall, 2010
  • Co-Chair for the Association of Teacher Educators Commission on the Development of/and Preparation for Teaching the Whole Child, 2008-2011
  • Planning Committee for Association of Teacher Educators 2009 Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, February 14-18, 2009
  • Past-President 2009-2011, Virginia Association of Teacher Educators
  • President 2007-2009, Virginia Association of Teacher Educators
  • Reviewer for Kappa Delta Pi/Association of Teacher Educators (KDP/ATE) National Student Teacher/Intern of the Year Award, June 2009
  • Changing the Paradigm: Playing Games Everyday and Defining why we teach what we do?, Inservice for Harrisonburg City Public Schools Physical Education teachers, February 18, 2008
Honors, Awards and Grants
  • 2008 Shenandoah Valley Virginia Chapter Phi Delta Kappa Distinguished Service in Education Award
  • From student teacher to beginning teacher: Clinical faculty supports that help beginning teachers. A Virginia Department of Education Mentor Teacher/Clinical Faculty Grant with the Institutions of Higher Education of the MidValley Consortium for Teacher Education and Augusta County Schools. 2006-2007
  • Association of Teacher Educators Leadership Academy 2006 Cohort
  • Inductions into the Eastern Mennonite University Athletic Hall of Honor, Harrisonburg, VA, Individual Induction October 9, 2004. 1980 Field Hockey Team Induction October 13, 2012. EMU Hall of Honor
Professional Memberships

Association of Teacher Educators: Board of Directors 2011-2016
Virginia Association of Teacher Educators: Higher Education Delegate 2011-12; Past-President 2009-2011; President 2007-2009; President-Elect 2005-2007.
Phi Delta Kappa
Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa: Secretary 2005-2007
Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America)
National Association of Sport and Physical Education
Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance: Chair Elect for the College/University Section (2013-2014)
International Society for Technology in Education
Association for Middle Level Education

Professional Conferences Attended
  • ATE-VA/VACTE Spring Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, March 27-28, 2014.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, February 13-18, 2014.
  • Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, Virginia Beach, VA, November 8-9, 2013.
  • ATE-VA/VACTE Fall Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, October 3-4, 2013.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Summer Conference, Washington, DC August 2-6, 2013.
  • ATE-VA/VACTE Spring Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, April 4-5, 2013.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, February 14-19, 2013.
  • Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Little Rock, AR, October 25-27, 2012.
  • ATE-VA/VACTE Fall Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, October 4-5, 2012.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Summer Conference, Boston, MA, August 3-7, 2012.
  • ATE-VA/VACTE Spring Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, March 29-30, 2012.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, February 9-15, 2012.
  • Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, Reston, VA, November 11-12, 2011.
  • Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Savannah, GA, October 25-26, 2011.
  • VACTE/ATE-VA Fall Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, October 20-22, 2011.
  • Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation conference, Arlington, VA, September 8-10, 2011.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Summer Conference, Philadelphia, PA, August 5-9, 2011.
  • Virginia/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Joint Training Session, Richmond, VA, July 18, 2011.
  • ATE-VA/VACTE Spring Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, March 30-Apr 1, 2011.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, February 12-16, 2011.
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 24-26, 2011.
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, San Diego, CA, February 24, 2011.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, February 12-16, 2011.
  • ATE-VA/VACTE Spring Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, March 17-19, 2010.
  • Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, Virginia Beach, VA, November 12-13, 2010.
  • VACTE/ATE-VA Fall Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, October 20-22, 2010.
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Atlanta, GA, February 19-21, 2010.
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, Atlanta, GA, February 19, 2010.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, February 13-16, 2010.
  • Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention, Virginia Beach, VA, November 6-7, 2009.
  • National Physical Education Teacher Education Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC, October 7-10, 2009.
  • VACTE/ATE-VA Fall Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, October 1-3, 2009.
  • Shenandoah Valley Smart Users Conference, Cub Run Elementary School, Penn Laird, VA, August 10, 2009.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Summer Conference, Reno, NV, August 1-5, 2009.
  • ATE-VA/VACTE Spring Conference, Sweet Briar, VA, April 1-3, 2009.
  • Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, February 12-18, 2009.
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Chicago, IL, February 6-8, 2009.
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education, Chicago, IL, February 6, 2009.
EMU Service
  • Faculty Status Committee (2012-2015)
  • Instructional Technology and Distance Learning Committee (2012-2015)
  • Information Systems Planning Committee (2009-2014)
  • Committee on Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education Admissions Committee
  • Teacher Education Assessment Committee (2012-2014)
  • EMU Hall of Honor Executive Board: Vice-Chair (2008-2014)
  • Task Force on Classroom Technology and Distance Learning (2010-2012)
  • Interim Co-Chair of Undergraduate Teacher Education (January 1-May 31, 2011)
  • Search Committee for Spanish Faculty members (2011-2012)
  • NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative (2012-2013)
  • Search Committee: Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Volleyball & Baseball (2012)
  • Search Committee for Women’s Soccer Coach (Spring 2011)