Ellie Friedland

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Ellie Friedland is Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education at Wheelock. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate Early Childhood Education courses, including Classroom Assessment of Young Children, practicum seminar, and supervision of student teachers. She has designed and taught Creating Welcoming Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families in Education and Human Services and Clowning for Social Change.  She also teaches Social Justice Through Theatre of the Oppressed in the BU School of Fine Arts.

Ellie serves on the Advisory Board of the Wheelock Family Theatre and works as a teaching artist for WFT.  Her research and practice focus on education for social justice, anti-bias teaching, and teaching and learning through the arts. She is a Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner, and integrates this work into her teaching, as well as her community activism. She frequently offers professional development for teachers in anti-bias education and cultural competence. She works with public school teachers in Guatemala, as well the educators and students of CEIPA, a not-for-profit organization in Quetzeltanango, Guatemala, that provides education and career preparation for child laborers. She serves on the board of the UPAVIM Community Development Foundation, and works with the teachers at UPAVIM, a women’s collective in Guatemala City that created and maintains their own school through their sales of hand-made crafts and a bakery.

Ellie has published a number of articles on this work, and her other publications focus on culturally competent teaching and learning, as well as on teaching for social justice through Theatre of the Oppressed. Her publications include co-editing , with Toby Emert, the book Come Closer: Critical Perspectives on Theatre of the Oppressed, and the chapter “Image Theatre as Reflective Practice” in Playing in a House of Mirrors: Applied Theatre as Reflective Practice, edited by Elinor Vettaino and Warren Linds.

Ellie is past president of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, a professional organization focused on the liberatory educational and theatre approaches of Paulo Friere and Augusto Boal. Before coming to BU Wheelock she taught at Wheelock College for twenty years, and before that at Endicott College, Cambridge College and Lesley University. She was a child and family psychotherapist for ten years, working in an outreach program that served families within which there was severe physical and sexual child abuse. She also studied and taught at the Actors Institute in Boston and New York, and before that she studied and performed clowning with the Cumeezi Bozo Ensemble in New York City; then founded and led the Clown Jewels Clown Troupe in Boston.

B.S. (Human Development and Family Studies), Cornell University
M.S. (Human Behavior and Development), Drexel University
Ph.D. (Education and the Arts) The Union Institute

Ellie's research and practice focus on education for social justice, anti-bias teaching, and teaching and learning through the arts.

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Ellie has published a number of articles on this work, and her other publications focus on culturally competent teaching and learning, as well as on teaching for social justice through drama. Her recent publications include co-editing , with Toby Emert, the book Come Closer: Critical Perspectives on Theatre of the Oppressed, and the chapter "Image Theatre as Reflective Practice" in Playing in a House of Mirrors: Applied Theatre as Reflective Practice, edited by Elinor Vettaino and Warren Linds.

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