Associate Professor of Education and Chair Elementary and Special Education Department
Office: 43 Hawes Street 111A
B.S., Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Venezuela)
Ed.M. and Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Eleonora Villegas-Reimers joined the faculty of Wheelock College in 1988, and is currently the Chair of the Department of Special and Elementary Education. Prior to this position, she served as the Dean of the School of Education and Child Life from 2006 to 2009 and as Acting Dean of the Child and Family Studies Division from 2004 until 2006, after having served as the Coordinator for the Child Development and Early Childhood Program, and the Child Development Studies Program since 1998. Her prior work includes experience as a high-school teacher, an assistant principal, and as acting director of the Office of International Education and as an international student advisor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Villegas-Reimers received the Wheelock College Cynthia Longfellow Teaching Recognition Award in 1990 and the Edward H. Ladd Award for Academic Excellence and Service in 2006.
Since joining Wheelock College, Dr. Villegas-Reimers has also served as consultant to a number of international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Board on International Comparative Studies of the National Research Council, and the Academy for Educational Development on matters related to education, teacher preparation and development, education for democracy, values education, and multiculturalism.
She is a member of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (DEEC) Board (appointed by Governor Patrick in 2010), and in that role served in the Inter-departmental Education Committee in Massachusetts, and the DEEC Advisory Board. She has also been a consultant to WGBH, a public television station in Boston on matters related to developing professional development materials for early childhood educators interested in teaching STEM and early literacy. She has been a member of the Advisory Board to Families First, a Council Member of the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) serving on the Professional Preparation and Recognition Committee. Dr Villegas-Reimers is also a member of the Directory of the Chilean Educational Foundation "Crecer con Todos."
Her research and publications reflect her interests in improving teacher professional development, particularly in developing countries, and in values education, particularly democratic values and skills. Her publications include the book Teacher Professional Development: An International Review of the Literature (published by UNESCO), and the monograph Educating for Democratic Citizenship in Latin American High Schools: A cross-national study of high school civic education curriculum. She also published the articles "Education for Democracy: Preparing the next generation of democratic citizens," and "Teacher Training to Teacher Professional Development in an International Perspective" in the Encyclopedia of Education (Second Edition). Her most recent publications are the following:
- (2016) Letter 5: Teachers and Teacher Education in Singapore in Reimers, F. & O'Donnell, E.B. (Eds.), Reflections from a Massachusetts delegation of educators visit to Singapore in October 2015. Cambridge, MA:
- (under review) with F. Reimers. What should teachers know and be able to do? The omission and promise of comparing teacher professional standards in global policy dialogue about education in the 21st century.
- (2015) with F. Reimers. Getting to the core and evolving the education reform movement to a system of continuous improvement. New England Journal of Public Policy, 26 (1), Special Issue on Education, 1-14.
- (2011) with F. Reimers. Evaluación del Proyecto para desarrollar un sistema regional de evaluación y desarrollo de competencias ciudadanas [Evaluation of the Project to develop a regional system of evaluation and development of citizenship competencies. Bogota, Colombia: SREDECC.
- (2009) with 14 other educators members of the English Language Learners sub-committee of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Committee on the Proficiency Gap. Halting the Race to the Bottom: Urgent Interventions for the Improvement of the Education of English Language Learners in Massachusetts and Selected Districts.
- (2008) Editor of Central and South America Volume of the Greenwood Encyclopedia of Children's Issues Worldwide (a 7-volume encyclopedia).