Johanna Tigert

Johanna Tigert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Curriculum & Instruction

Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Education
(978) 934-4616
Coburn Hall, 2nd floor


Educational equity for multilingual students across content areas; Teacher education; Multilingualism and multiliteracies; Heritage language education

Research Interests

Critical and humanizing pedagogies; Content areas beyond the core; Remote instruction; Museum education; Multilingual literacies


  • Ph.D.: Language, Literacy, and Social Inquiry, (2017), University of Maryland - College Park, Maryland
    Supporting Area: Applied Linguistics
    Dissertation/Thesis Title:Building Block of the World, Building Block of your Identity: Multilingual Literacy Socialization of Heritage Language Learners
  • 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:Творчество Анастасий Вербицкой и анализ характеров главных героин в её рассказе «Мотыльки»


A native of Finland, Johanna Tigert, Ph.D. has called the United States home since 2001.

Selected Publications

Humanizing pedagogy and core practices
Content areas beyond the core
Remote instruction
Museum education
  • Tigert, J. M., Fotouhi, G., & Kirschbaum, S. (2021). An investigation of museum educators’ questioning during field trips. Learning, Culture and Social Interaction, 31(Part A).
  • Tigert, J. M., Kirschbaum, S. (2019). How museum teachers scaffold emergent bilingual learners’ meaning-making during field trips. Journal of Museum Education, 44(4), 439-447.
Multilingual literacies
  • Colombo, M., Tigert, J. M., & Leider, C. M. (2020). Creating a space for writers' voices: Translingual writing in middle and high school English classes. The Leaflet, 117(1), 20-29.
  • Tigert, J. M., Groff, J., Martin-Beltrán, M., Peercy, M.M., Silverman, R. (2019). Exploring the pedagogical potential of translanguaging in peer reading interactions. In J. MacSwan & C. Faltis (Eds.), Codeswitching in the classroom: Critical perspectives on teaching, learning, policy, and ideology (pp. 65-87). Routledge.
  • Martin-Beltrán, M., Tigert, J. M., Peercy, M. M., & Silverman, R. D. (2017). Using digital texts vs. paper texts to read together: Insights into engagement and mediation of literacy practices among linguistically diverse students. International Journal of Educational Research 82, 135-146.
Heritage language learning
  • Tigert, J. M. (2018). Vanilla sauce and songs: literacies in a heritage language school. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 33(1), 100-113.
  • Tigert, J. M. (2017). Ulkosuomalaisten lasten luku- ja kirjoitustaitojen kehittyminen suomen kielellä [The development of Finnish reading and writing skills in expatriate Finnish children]. Kieli, koulutus ja yhteiskunta.

Selected Presentations

Humanizing pedagogy and core practices
  • Humanizing core practices for managing learning in multilingual classrooms. TESOL International Convention, 2022.
  • “But what does it look like?”: Supporting teachers’ humanizing practice. TESOL International Convention, 2022.
  • Humanizing classroom management as a core practice for teachers of emergent bilingual learners. AERA Annual Meeting, 2020.
Critical pedagogies
  • "English as a little life vest": Examining world language teacher education using S-STEP and LangCrit. AAAL Conference, 2022.
  • A dialogue between critical friends: Developing teacher educator expertise for supporting teacher candidates' anti-racist pedagogy. AAAL Conference, 2022.
  • The need to “C” language-based content instruction through a critical lens. Literacy Research Association’s Annual Conference, 2021.
Museum education
  • Professional development for educators in informal learning spaces. National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, 2020.
  • How museum teachers facilitate emergent bilingual learners’ meaning-making during field trips. AERA Annual Meeting, 2019.
  • Best practices in culturally and linguistically inclusive museum education. National Art Education Association Convention, 2019.
Multilingual literacies
  • Just "hoping for the best": Asian students’ experiences in the writing center. National Association for Bilingual Education Conference, 2020.
  • The Seal of Biliteracy in your classroom: Using bilingual texts. Massachusetts Reading Association’s 50th Anniversary Conference, 2019.
Heritage language learning
  • Heritage language and culture through grocery shopping: A project for community language schools. National Heritage Language Resource Center Virtual Summit on Project-Based Learning, 2020.
  • Dialects in heritage language education: Continued tensions. ACTFL Annual Conference, 2019.