Amanda Wager is an assistant professor of TESOL in the Graduate School of Education. She teaches in the Language and Literacy and Creative Arts in Learning divisions.
Professional Title: Assistant Professor; Diversity Council Chair
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: social justice through the arts; arts-based critical literacies; critical and feminist pedagogy; drama in education; English, bi- and multilingual language learning; using applied theater as a means of advocacy with marginalized youth.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Drama in Education; Critical Multimodal Literacies. Preparing teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children, with a focus on using arts educational practices in the classroom.
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Drama and Critical Literacy; Culturally Responsive Teaching; ESL Practicum and Seminar PK-6 and 5-12; Sheltered English Immersion PreK-6 and 5-12; Teaching of Writing K-12
Education: BFA, Emerson College; MAT, Dominican University; PhD, University of British Columbia
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Publications Wager, A. C. & Wessels, A. (2016). Drama with street youth: Visual methodology dialogues across distance. NJ Drama Australia, 40(1), 66-77. Schroeter, S. & Wager, A. C. (2016). Blurring boundaries: Using drama to examine 17th Century witch-hunts. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 60(4), 405-413.Wager, A. C. & Perry, M. (2015). Resisting the script: Assuming embodiment in literacy education. In G. Enriquez, E. Johnson, S. Kontovourki, & C. Mallozzi (Eds.), Literacies, learning and the body: Bringing research and theory into pedagogical practice. New York, NY: Routledge.Wager, A.C. (2015). Hidden pedagogies at play: Street youth resisting applied theatre. In A. Babayants & H. Fitzsimmons Frey (Eds.), Theatre and learning. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. Rogers, T., Schroeter, S., Wager, A.C., & Hauge, C. (2014). Public pedagogies of street-entrenched youth: New literacies, identity and social critique. In K. Sanford, T. Rogers, & M. Kendrick (Eds.), Everyday youth literacies: Critical perspectives for new times (pp. 47-61). New York, NY: Springer Publications. Perry, M., Wessels, A., & Wager, A.C. (2013). From playbuilding to devising in literacy education: Aesthetic and pedagogical approaches. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 56(8), 649-658.Wager, A.C. & Winters, K.L. (2013). Expanding educators’ awareness of youth homelessness through critical dramatic inquiry. Teaching and Learning, Special Issue #2: Equity, Engagement, Teaching and Learning, 7(3), 29-46. Mackenzie, D., Belliveau, G., Lea, G., Beck, J., & Wager, A. (2011). Research-based theatre script and artographic reflections: Naming the shadows: Theatre as research: Playscript/sketches of the rhizome. Canadian Journal of Practice-based Research in Theatre. 3(1), 1-40. Lea, G. W., Belliveau, G., Wager, A., & Beck, J. L. (2011). A loud silence: Working with research-based theatre and a/r/tography. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 12(16). Beck, J., Belliveau, G., Lea, G., & Wager, A. (2011). Delineating a spectrum of research-based theatre. Qualitative Inquiry. 17(8), 687-700. Wager, A. (2010). Book review: Kathleen Gallagher’s ‘The Theatre of Urban: Youth and Schooling in Dangerous Times’. Canadian Journal of Education. 33(1). Wager, A., Belliveau, G., Beck, J. & Lea, G. (2009). Exploring drama as an additional language through research-based theatre. Scenario: Journal for Drama and Theatre in Foreign and Second Language Education. (3)2, 50-64. Selected Conference PresentationsGoessling, K. & Wager, A. C. (May, 2017). Opening up Places of Possibilities through Arts-Based Methods with Urban Youth, for the Thirteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.Wager, A. C. (April, 2015). Drama on the streets: Literacy as advocacy work with street youth. American Educational Research Association. Chicago, USA. Wager, A. C. & Wessels, A. (April, 2014). Drama with street youth: Visual methodology dialogues across distance. American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, USA. Perry, M., Wessels, A., & Wager, A.C. (July, 2013). From playbuilding to devising in literacy education: Aesthetic and pedagogical approaches. Workshop Presentation. 8th World Congress of the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association. Paris, France. Wager, A. & Rogers, T. (April, 2012). Shifting identity positions: Arts-based educational practices with street youth. American Educational Research Association. University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Canada.Rogers, T., Schroeter, S., Wager, A., & Hauge, C. (April, 2011). Informal learning among street youth: Identities, alternative pedagogies, new literacies, and public life. American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Wager, A. (July, 2009). Dreaming and reflecting: Exploring the place, meaning and future of research-based theatre. Paper/performance presented within panel “Critical reflections, future directions: Examining an elementary class's journey with Shakespeare through research-based theatre” (Beck, J., Belliveau, G., Conrad, D., Lea, G., & Wager, A.) at International Drama Education Research Institute. Sydney, Australia.NationalWager, A. C. (April, 2017). Learning out of the Ordinary: Ethnotheatre as engaging pedagogy. The 38th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum. Penn Graduation School of Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.Wager, A. C. (February, 2017). Ethnotheatre as engaging pedagogy: Critical multimodal literacies with street youth. NYU Forum on Educational Theatre 2017. New York University Steinhardt, New York City, New York, USA. Wager, A. C., & Schroeter, S. (November, 2016). Unpacking ethical dilemmas through critical multimodal literacies: Process drama in a Grade 9 Social Studies Classroom. Literacy Research Association, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Wager, A. (October, 2016). Multimodal literacies in the bilingual early childhood classroom (Grades PreK-8). 27th Annual Literacy for All, Northeast PreK-8 Literacy Conference and Reading Recovery Institute. Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.Sajnani, N. & Wager, A. (August, 2016). The role of playback theater in conversations about race in higher education. American Alliance for Theatre & Education. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.Goessling, K. & Wager, A. (March, 2016). Pedagogical places of possibility: Exploring art and play with children. The Association for the Study of Play/International Play Association/USA Conference. Graduate School of Education Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.Wager, A. C. (December, 2015). Pedagogies at play: Critical multimodal literacies with street youth. Literacy Research Association, Carlsbad, California, USA. Wager, A. C. (August, 2015). Applied Drama as Engaging Pedagogy: Critical Multimodal Literacies with Street Youth. American Alliance for Theatre & Education. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.Wager, A. C. & Winters, K. L. (May, 2014). Critical dramatic inquiry: Expanding educators’ awareness of youth homelessness. Arts Researchers and Teachers Society, Congress 2014. Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Canada.Schroeter, S. & Wager, A. C. (May, 2014). Blurring boundaries: Using drama to examine 17th Century witch-hunts. Language & Literacy Researchers of Canada, Congress 2014. Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Canada.Wager, A. C. (May, 2014). Youth unconventional audiencing: Creating discomfort to provoke thought. In seminar: Researching Performance For/By/With Young People at Canadian Association of Theatre Research, Congress 2014. Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Canada. Rogers, T., Schroeter, S., Wager, A., & Hauge, C. (April, 2013). Identities, Alternative pedagogies, New Literacies, and Public life Among Street Youth. Language & Literacy Researchers of Canada, Congress 2013. University of Victoria, Canada. Wager, A. (June, 2012). Hidden pedagogies at play: Participatory performance ethnography with street youth. Public Ethnography Conference. Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada.Wager, A. (February, 2012). Learning out of the ordinary: Street youth using applied theatre for change. Festival of Original Theatre. University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Amanda's educational background and scholarship is informed by 15 years of experience as an educator in the United States, Peru, Canada, and the Netherlands. She taught children, youth and adults from diverse backgrounds in formal and informal learning spaces. As a recent awardee of Lesley’s Junior Faculty Fellowship, she is continuing research on the use of the arts as a tool for language learning in public schools within the Boston area. She has presented and published internationally on her research interests: feminist/critical/public pedagogy, applied theatre, youth studies, multicultural education, research-based theatre, and additional language learning. Amanda’s passion lies in building safe spaces in which individuals can creatively and critically co-construct email@example.com.
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