Professor/Associate Dean for Innovation and Technology, College of Education and Social Services

Associate Dean Penny Bishop is Professor of Middle Level Education at the University of Vermont where she teaches future middle grades educators and conducts research on schooling for young adolescents. As founding director of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education. Dr. Bishop has served as Principal Investigator on numerous grants, bringing over $13 million dollars to Vermont schools to improve the learning and lives of middle grades students. A former middle level English and Social Studies teacher, Penny has served as chair of the Association for Middle Level Education's Research Advisory Board and as chair of the American Educational Research Association's group on Middle Level Education Research. She is co-author of six books on effective middle grades practice. Penny previously served as policy advisor on fellowship to the New Zealand Ministry of Education, providing input and research on effective schooling policies for students in the middle years in that country.

Publications

Reyes, C., & Bishop, P. (2019). What visualizing strategic reading means for young adolescents. Journal of Visual Literacy, 38 (4).  10.1080/1051144X.2019.1611700.

Olofson, M., & Bishop, P. (2018). Crossing MGLS with the Middle Grades Research Agenda: A Guide for Researchers. Middle Grades Review 4(2), 1-24.

Olofson, M. Downes, J., Smith, C., LeGeros, L., & Bishop, P. (2018). An instrument to measure teacher practices to support personalized learning in the middle grades. Research in Middle Level Education Online, 41(7), 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/19404476.2018.1493858.

Bishop, P., Downes, J., Netcoh, S., DeMink-Carthew, J., Farber, K., LeGeros, L., & Stokes, T. (2018). Middle grades teachers’ dispositions in a personalized learning context. In P. B. Howell, S. A. Faulkner, J. P. Jones, & J. Carpenter (Eds.), Preparing middle level educators for 21st century schools: Enduring beliefs, changing times, evolving practices. A Volume in The handbook of research in middle level education. American Educational Research Association’s Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group, pp 229-254.

Farber, K., & Bishop, P. (2018). Service Learning in the Middle Grades: Learning by Doing and Caring. Research in Middle Level Education Online, 41(2), 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/ 19404476.2017.1415600.

Netcoh, S. & Bishop, P. (2017). Personalized learning in the middle grades. Middle Grades Research Journal 11(2), 33-48. (P)

Downes, J., Bishop, P, & Nagle, J. (2017). Tapping the experts in effective practices: Students as educators in middle grades professional development. Middle School Journal, 48(4), 27-35. 

Netcoh, S., Olofson, M., Downes J., & Bishop, P.  (2017). Professional learning with action research in innovative middle schools. Middle School Journal, 48(3), 25-33. 

DeMink-Carthew, J., & Bishop, P. (2017). Passion is not enough: Preparing middle level preservice teachers to be advocates for change. Middle School Journal, 48(2), 14-23. 

Bishop, P., Downes, J., & Nagle, J. (2017). How personal learning is working in Vermont. Educational Leadership, 74(6). Online only.

Becker, R., & Bishop, P. (2016). Think bigger about science: Using Twitter for learning in the middle grades. Middle School Journal, 47(3), 4-16. DOI: 10.1080/ 00940771.2016.1135097 

Downes, J., Bishop, P., Swallow, M., Olofson, M., & Hennessey, S. (2016). Collaborative Action Research for Middle Grades Improvement. Educational Action Research, 24(2), 194-215. DOI:10.1080/09650792.2015.1058169. 

Downes, J.M. & Bishop, P.A. (2015). The intersection between 1:1 laptop implementation and the characteristics of effective middle level schools. Research in Middle Level Education Online 38(7), 1-16. 

Gale, J., & Bishop, P. (2014). The work of effective middle grades principals: Responsiveness and relationship. Research in Middle Level Education Online, 37(9), 1-23.  

Downes, J., & Bishop, P. (2014). Building stronger teams through technology. AMLE Magazine, 1(5), 44-45. 

Bishop, P., & Downes, J. (2014). 21st century parent involvement. AMLE Magazine, 1(6), 42-44. 

Reyes, C., & Bishop, P. (2014). The hazards of engaging teacher identity in preservice teacher education. In P. Jenlink (Ed.). Teacher Identity and the Struggle for Recognition. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield. (I)

Bishop, P., & Downes, J. (2013). Authentic assessment with technology. AMLE Magazine, 1(1), 44-45. (I)

Nelson, E., & Bishop, P. (2013). Students as action research partners: A New Zealand example. Middle School Journal, 45(2), 19-26. (P)

Bishop, P., & Downes, J. (2013). Technology in the middle grades classroom. In P.G. Andrews (Ed.). Research to guide practice in middle grades education. 267-302. Westerville, OH: Association for Middle Level Education. (I)

Caskey, M., Andrews, G., Bishop, P., Capraro, R., Roe, M., & Weiss, C. (2010). Research and resources in support of ‘This We Believe.’ Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.

Nash, R.J. & Bishop, P.A. (2010). Teaching adolescents religious literacy in a post-9/11 world. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.  (Winner of 2010 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association).

Bishop, P., & Pflaum, S. (2005). Reaching and teaching middle school learners: Asking students to show us what works. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Bishop, P., & Allen-Malley, M. (2004). The power of two: Partner teams in action. Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.

Bergstrom, K., Bishop, P., & Carr, J. (Eds.). (2001). Living and learning in the middle grades: The dance continues. Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.

Books

Bishop, P.A., Downes, J.M., & Farber, K. (2019). Personalized learning in the middle grades. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Bishop, P., Falk-Ross, F., Andrews, G., Cronenberg, S., Moran, C., & Weiler, C. (2018). Digital technologies in the middle grades: A review of research. In S. B. Mertens & M. M. Caskey (Eds.), Literature reviews in support of the Middle Level Education Research Agenda. Volume XI in The handbook of research in middle level education. American Educational Research Association’s Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group.

Bishop, P., Downes, J., Netcoh, S., DeMink-Carthew, J., Farber, K., LeGeros, L., & Stokes, T. (2018). Middle grades teachers’ dispositions in a personalized learning context. In P. B. Howell, S. A. Faulkner, J. P. Jones, & J. Carpenter (Eds.), Preparing middle level educators for 21st century schools: Enduring beliefs, changing times, evolving practices. A Volume in The handbook of research in middle level education. American Educational Research Association’s Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group, pp 229-254.

Caskey, M., Andrews, G., Bishop, P., Capraro, R., Roe, M., & Weiss, C. (2010). Research and resources in support of ‘This We Believe.’ Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.

Nash, R.J. & Bishop, P.A. (2010). Teaching adolescents religious literacy in a post-9/11 world. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. (Winner of 2010 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association).

Bishop, P., & Pflaum, S. (2005). Reaching and teaching middle school learners: Asking students to show us what works. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Bishop, P., & Allen-Malley, M. (2004). The power of two: Partner teams in action. Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.

Bergstrom, K., Bishop, P., & Carr, J. (Eds.). (2001). Living and learning in the middle grades: The dance continues. Westerville, OH: National Middle School Association.

Awards and Recognition

The James P. Garvin Distinguished Service Award. New England League of Middle Schools, 2017

The John H. Lounsbury Award for Distinguished Achievement in Middle Level Education. Association for Middle Level Education, 2016

The Joseph Anthony Abruscato Award for Excellence in Scholarship. College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont, 2012

The Jackie Gribbons Leadership Award. Vermont Women in Higher Education, 2010

Critics’ Choice Book Award for Teaching adolescents religious literacy in a post-9/11 world. American Educational Studies Association, 2010

Sir Ian Axford Public Policy Fellowship. Fulbright New Zealand and New Zealand Ministry of Education, 2008

Distinguished Dissertation Award. National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1998

Associations and Affiliations

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), American Educational Research Association (AERA) SIG: Middle Level Education Research Division K: Teacher Education, Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), Vermont Association for Middle Level Education (VAMLE)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Middle Level Education; Early adolescence; Personalized learning

Education

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Vermont
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Vermont

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-1411
Office Location:

Waterman 410