Carolyn L. Berenato is an assistant professor of Special Education at Saint Joseph’s University. Her research focuses on K-12 curriculum and educational environments with a concentration on special education teaching in the areas of art, literacy and mathematics education, pre service teachers and administration development, and instructional leadership. She teaches undergraduate and masters courses on Literacy, Mathematics, Inclusive Classrooms, Special Education Practices for School Leaders, and Special Education Law and Policy.
Prior to her arriving at Saint Joseph’s in January 2009, Dr. Berenato was an affiliate professor of educational leadership at Cabrini College, where she taught courses on administration and faculty development in elementary and secondary education settings. From 2000-2009, she also served as a literacy coach, assistant principal and principal with the Upper Darby School District. Dr. Berenato received her B.A. in art history from Rosemont College, her M.S. in elementary education, reading specialist and special education from Saint Joseph’s University, 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 in to a book in 2010, John Dewey’s Educational Philosophy and the Barnes Foundation. Her other work has appeared in the Journal of Education and Learning, and the Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly.