Heather Woodley

Clinical Assistant Professor of TESOL, Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Education

Heather Woodley

Phone: 212-998-5460

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi:

Dr. Heather Homonoff Woodley is an educator, researcher, and activist. Her work focuses on meeting the academic, linguistic and social-emotional needs of emergent bilinguals, particularly Muslim immigrant youth who speak less common languages. Heather's research takes a pedagogical approach to arts-based research, using visual and performing arts to spark and build on youth voices in classroom spaces. She has published work exploring multilingual classroom practices and arts as social justice education, and received a 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Association of Bilingual Education. Heather was a Fulbright Scholar in Morocco, and earned her PhD in Urban Education at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She was recently a Research Assistant with the City University of New York – New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals providing teacher support, classroom resources, and leadership training for public schools. Prior to this, she taught middle and high school TESOL and ELA in the Bronx and Washington, DC, and was a teacher-educator at City College, CUNY and with the NYC and DC Teaching Fellows. Heather is a regional delegate with NYSABE (NY State Association for Bilingual Education), serves on the national planning committee for Free Minds, Free People, a conference for transformative education with the Education for Liberation Network, works with the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute, teaching Raqs Sharqi (Middle Eastern dance) with young women, and is an active member of the PTA in Mount Vernon public schools.

See Heather's website, F.R.E.E. (Families for Radical Education and Empowerment) for more