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Lisa Fiore

Professor, Education Department Chair

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Dr. Lisa Fiore brings her background in developmental and educational psychology to her early education undergraduate and graduate courses. A licensed Early Childhood teacher, she infuses documentation of children's and students' learning throughout her teaching and other research and writing pursuits.

As a parent and active board member of Families First Parenting Programs, in Cambridge, MA, Lisa strives to bridge home and family environments to make theory relevant for students. She enjoys writing and presenting at conferences, with a recent focus that draws inspiration from the practices of educators in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Violence Against Women Initiative
Violence against Women: Representations, Interpretations, Explorations/Education is a call for action to put a stop to violence against women.

She has a PhD from Boston College, M.A.T. from Tufts University, and BA from Brandeis University.


  • Fiore, L (2012). Assessment of young children: A collaborative approach. New York: Routledge.
  • LifeSmart (2010). New York: McGraw-Hill
  • Julia Child. (In press). In Runco, M.A., and Pritzker, S.B. (Eds.). The Encyclopedia of Creativity, 2/e. New York: Elsevier. The rights of children: Policies to best serve three-, four-, and five-year-olds in public schools. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Indiana University, Fort Wayne. Guest edited Special Issue of Theory into Practice, 49(1): Observation, Documentation, and Reflection to Create a Culture of Inquiry (Winter 2010)
  • Shifting the Culture of Higher Education: Influences on Students, Teachers, & Pedagogy. In Theory into Practice, Winter 2010.


  • Presentation at annual NAEYC conference in Anaheim, CA. Mining the mess: Recognizing the power of ordinary classroom moments.
  • Presentation at the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) Initiative, Dialogues for quality in education: Inspiring change through collaboration and community building, in Weston, MA. Documentation across contexts: A focus on relationships, reflection, and responsibility.
  • Presentation at the 32nd annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) conference, St. Pete Beach, FL. Teaching innovations in human development.
  • Presented at annual Wonderplay conference at the 92nd St Y in New York. Anxious Children: Strategies to Empower Children and Families.

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