Dr. Madge Becker’s Educational background includes an earned Ed D in Curriculum and Instruction, Northern Arizona University, Center for Excellence in Education. Dissertation: Reflective writing and drawing as assessment: A case study of an Elementary Navajo Science Classroom. Additionally, Dr. Becker earned a Master's degree in Special Education-Gifted, Northern Arizona University. She holds the following certificates in State of Colorado and Arizona: Professional Teaching Certification, Principal and Superintendent Certification, Supervisor & State Qualified Evaluator Certificate, Junior College Certification, and endorsements in: K-12 English Language Learners, K-12 Gifted, K-12 English, Adult Education and Community College Certification.
Prior to higher education, Dr. Becker spent over thirty years teaching in K-12 classrooms. Additionally, she spent ten years in educational administrative: including the Coordinator of MA ESOL program and oversight of Title III OELA grant, Interim Director, Center for Teacher Education, Interim Superintendent. Central Office experience: Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Alternative and Adult High Schools, Director of Career Ladder Program and Intermediate School Principal.
Dr. Becker’s recent presentations include: Using Creativity in the Classroom, Regional Educators Conference, Colorado Mesa University; Casting our Nets: Eliot Eisner: Arts Assessment, Faculty Colloquia, Colorado Mesa University; Diversity and the Navajo Experience, Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, Colorado Mesa University; Ogbu & the Immigration Crisis, Globalization Regional Conference, Colorado Mesa University; The Doll Curriculum, Colorado Four Corners Conference, Colorado Mesa University; The Politics of Standardized Assessments, Colorado Mesa University, Faculty Colloquia; Using Data to Improve Standardized Assessments, Holy Family School, Grand Junction CO; Western Education and the Native American Child, Faculty Colloquia, Colorado Mesa University; Verification of Student Achievement Plans, Colorado Mesa University- Colloquia for District 51Faculty and preservice teachers.
Dr. Becker’s most current research interests include: Ethnobiography/ Portraiture in research, Pre-service and in-service teacher perceptions of diversity learning. Dr. Becker has considerable experience mentoring doctoral and masters students. Her doctoral dissertation advisement includes: outside member of dissertations at University of Denver and University of Central Florida dissertation for two years. As a professor at Colorado Mesa University, Dr. Becker spent six years as the Coordinator of the graduate program and was responsible for the capstone oversight of one hundred and eight capstone completers. Most recently she has reviewed multiple dissertations for Jones International University.