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Beth Warren

Sylvia Earl Professor
Director, Earl Center for Learning & Innovation

Dr. Beth Warren is the Sylvia Earl Professor and director of the Earl Center for Learning & Innovation. She is also a professor in the department of Language &  Literacy Education. Dr. Warren’s research imagines possibilities for learning and teaching beyond the settled forms of schooling that have failed too many of our children and youth, especially those from historically marginalized communities. Her research builds from the heterogeneity of human cultural practices to design educational ecologies that cultivate justice, dignity, and mutual flourishing. Working in partnership with teachers, youth, scientists, and artists, Dr. Warren and her colleagues investigate questions at the intersection of culture, language, race, learning and teaching across STEM, humanities, and arts disciplines. They also explore designs for teacher learning that work at disrupting and transforming power in moment-to-moment classroom interaction in ways that sustain multiple values, purposes, and arcs of human learning.

Before coming to BU Wheelock, Dr. Warren was a senior scientist at BBN Laboratories and then co-founder and co-director of the Chèche Konnen Center (“search for knowledge” in Haitian Creole) at TERC. She collaboratively led numerous National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and US Department of Education-funded projects that pursued research and design work to reimagine disciplinary learning and teaching by attending closely to their cultural, historical, political, and ethical dimensions.

EdD, Human Development and Reading, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

EdM, Human Development and Reading, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education

BA, French Language and Literature, Wesleyan University

LS725 Discourse, Narrative & Literacy

LS750 Culture, Language & Cognition

LS801 & LS802 Design-Based Research as Educational Inquiry

ED120 & ED121 Introduction to the Professions: Educational Design for Transformative Social Futures



Warren, B., Vossoughi, S., Bang, M., Rosebery, A.S., and Taylor, E. (2020). Multiple ways of knowing: Re-imagining disciplinary learning. In N. Suad Nasir, C.D. Lee, R. Pea, and M. McKinney de Royston (Eds.), Handbook of the Cultural Foundations of Learning, pp. 277-293. New York: Routledge.

Nasir, N.S., Rosebery, A.S., Warren, B., and Lee, C.D. (2022). Learning as a cultural process. In K. Sawyer (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences, 3rd edition, pp. 581-601. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Bang, M., Brown, B., Calabrese Barton, A., Rosebery, A., and Warren, B. (2017).
Towards more equitable learning in science: Expanding relationships between students, teachers, and science practices. In C. Schwarz, C. Passmore, and B. Reiser (Eds.), Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices, pp. 33-58. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Rosebery, A.S., Warren, B., and Tucker-Raymond, E. (2016). Developing interpretive power in science teaching. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 53(10), 1571- 1600.

Bang, M., Warren, B., Rosebery, A.S., and Medin, D. (2012). De-settling expectations in science education. Human Development, 55(5), 243-358.

Warren, B. and Rosebery, A.S, (2011). Navigating interculturality: African American male students and the science classroom. Journal of African American Males in Education, 2(1), 98-115.