Carla Piper, Ed.D.

Carla Piper, Ed.D.



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Carla Piper

Dr. Carla Piper is an associate professor in the School of Education. She earned her Ed.D. from the University of the Pacific in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Music Education and Educational Technology in 1999. She completed an MA in Early Music from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Nebraska. She taught for several years and then began composing and recording music for a number of publishers including Children’s Television Workshop and Sesame Street. After twenty years of free-lancing as a musician and producer in the SF Bay area, she returned to teaching music and Title I language arts.

Working with at-risk students stimulated her interest in the computer as a creative vehicle for helping students develop language arts and math skills. Dr. Piper started at Chapman as the Modesto multiple subject faculty in 1998, and then moved to the single subject program in 2000. She began developing online and blended classes in 2002 and was a founding member of the Brandman iDEAL engaged learning team. She has served as an instructional designer and LiveText assessment coordinator for the Brandman University School of Education.

Dr. Piper’s research interests are focused on integrating technology into teaching and learning, digital portfolio assessment, blended and online pedagogy, and promoting creativity through the arts in education. Dr. Piper has worked as a research evaluator and consultant on a federal technology innovation challenge grant, an early reading first grant, and several professional development grants in Northern California.

  • Multiple and Single Subject Credential Programs
  • Master of Arts in Education Program: MAE in Instructional Technology
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Program
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Arts & Sciences: Music and Visual Arts
Scholarly Activities
  • Instructional Design and LiveText Assessment
  • Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment Leadership Training
  • Co-Presenter for WSCUC ARC Conference (2013): Engaging Students with Assessment through Digital Portfolios and Leveraging Technology to Gather, Analyze, and Use Assessment Data for Program Improvement, and Designing an Assessment Infrastructure.
  • Author of Chapter: Making Connections with Music and Literacy. 7-8-9, Poetry, Song, and Rhyme: Listening, Language, and Learning published by California Reading Association.
Professional Experience
  • Dr. Piper has been teaching for 29 years: 15 years in the K-12 public schools and 14 years at Chapman/Brandman University.