George Lucas Educational Foundation

Justine Bruyère

Lecturer at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Justine Bruyère has worked as an educator, researcher, and mentor for the last 15 years. As an elementary school teacher, Justine focused on engagement strategies and bringing the arts into the classroom, specifically involving lower school classrooms. In 2017, Justine completed her PhD in curriculum, teaching, and learning at the University of Toronto, OISE. Currently, Justine teaches courses in the Reading Education and Elementary Education programs at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University.

Areas of specialization include literacy (reading and writing development), education through the arts, second language learning, ELL, early literacy learning, curriculum and instruction, and action research.

Current research: Using the four dimensions of critical literacy (Lewison, Leland, & Harste, 2008) as a springboard, Justine’s current research focuses on how critical discourse might influence authoring ideas and voice at the second-grade level. More specifically, she is using drama in education teaching philosophies to bring stories to life, to engage students in critical conversations, and to foster author fluency.

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  • Student Voice

    Student Voice and Choice in the Early Elementary Grades

    A look at how a second-grade teacher gave her students some control over the classroom jobs list to bolster their sense of autonomy.
  • Literacy

    Critical Literacy in Early Elementary Grades

    Using a form of literary criticism in tandem with drama activities helps young students think deeply about how stories are constructed.
  • Literacy

    Building a Better Word Wall

    Transferring ownership of the class word wall to the students can increase their engagement and learning.