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Johanna Tigert

Johanna Tigert
Johanna TigertAssistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

Research Interests

Effective literacy instruction for English language learnersHeritage language speakers and educationSociolinguistic contexts for second language acquisitionPre-service teacher education in TESOL


  • Ph D: Language, Literature, and Social Inquiry, (2017), University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
  • MA: Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages, (2004), University of Notre Dame of Maryland - Baltimore, Maryland
  • BA: Russian Language and Culture, (2001), University of Eastern Finalnd - Joensuu, Finland
    Supporting Area: minors in Education and Finnish Language & Literature
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Tvorchestvo Anastasii Verbichkoj i analiz kharakterov glavnyh geroin' v ee rasskaze "Motyl’ki"[The works of Anastasia Verbichkaya and a character analysis of the main heroins in her short story “Motylki”]


Languages - English German Estonian Finnish Russian Swedish


  • Tigert, J., Martin-Beltrán, M., Peercy, M.M., Silverman, R.D. (2017) "Using Digital Texts vs. Pierson, Paper Texts to Read Together: Insights into Engagement and Mediation of Literacy Practices among Linguistically Diverse Students," International Journal of Educational Research 82: pp. 135 - 146
  • Tigert, J. (2016) "Polyvocal Professional Learning through Self-study Research," TEIS News: The Newsletter of the Teacher Education Interest Section
  • Tigert, J., Peercy, M., Kidwell, T., Fredricks, D., Ramirez, R. (2016) ""It just won’t Stick”: Enacting Core Practices in ESOL Teacher Education," AERA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C
  • Tigert, J., Martin-Beltrán, M., Peercy, M., Silverman, R. (2016) "Exploring the Pedagogical Potential of Translanguaging among Bilingual Peers Reading Together," AERA Annual Meeting
  • Tigert, J., Martin-Beltrán, M. (2016) "How Linguistically Diverse Students use Digital and Traditional Texts Together to Mediate Literacy Development," AERA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Tigert, J., Peercy, M., Kidwell, T., DeStefano, M. (2016) "Novice Teacher Growth: The Potential of Core Practices," TESOL International Convention, Baltimore, MD
  • Tigert, J., Budde, C., DeStefano, M., Guzman, N., Kidwell, T., Peercy, M. (2016) "The edTPAand its implications for TESOL," TESOL International Convention, Baltimore, MD
  • Tigert, J., Groff, J., Martin-Beltrán, M., Peercy, M., Silverman, R. (2016) "Translanguaging: Students Crossing Linguistic Borders in Peer Learning," TESOL International Convention, Baltimore, MD
  • Tigert, J., Peercy, M., Fredericks, D., Budde, C., DeStefano, M., Kidwell, T., Ramirez, R. (2016) "Voices from the Field: Enacting Core Practices in TESOL.," TESOL International Convention, Baltimore, MD.
  • Tigert, J., Peercy, M., Guthrie, S., Martin-Beltrán, M., Silverman, R. (2016) "“There’s a lot of Power with Peer Interaction”: Teacher Learning in a Cross-age Reading Intervention," AERA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  • Tigert, J., Peercy, M. (2016) "Preparing to Teach Language and Content: Four Teacher Candidates’ Experiences," Paper presented at AERA Annual Meeting
  • Tigert, J. (2015) "Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice," Heritage Language Journal 12:1 pp. 103-109
  • Tigert, J., Peercy, M., Martin-Beltrán, M., Sil, R. (2015) "Opportunities and Challenges of Different Text formats in Cross-age Peer Tutoring," AAAL Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.
  • Tigert, J., Hwang, S., Peercy, M., Martin-Beltrán, M., Silverman, R. (2015) "Teacher Perceptions of the Opportunities and Challenges of Tablet Computers in a Cross-age Peer Tutoring Program," Maryland TESOL Graduate Student Conference, Baltimore, MD
  • Tigert, J. (2015) "Community Language School as a Site for Heritage Identity Construction," e TALGS Applied Linguistics & TESOL Graduate Student Conference, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Tigert, J., Martin-Beltrán, M., Peercy, M., Silverman, R. (2014) "Let's Check the Glossary: How English Learners Co-construct Vocabulary Knowledge in Peer-tutoring Reading Discussions," AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA