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J.C. Wagner‑Romero

Assistant Professor
Educational Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Multiculturalism, Social Justice Education, Race and Ethnic Relations, Privilege and Intersectionality, Latinx & Undocumented Student Experiences, International and Global Education, Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Pedagogy

Brief biography

Dr. Jancarlos (J.C.) Wagner-Romero (he/him/él), a native of New Orleans, serves as assistant professor of global and multicultural education in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UWL). He is a former community college leader, elementary and middle school leader, instructional coach, and teacher. 

Dr. Wagner-Romero teaches courses focused on exploring and cultivating multicultural and global perspectives in education. Rooted in critical pedagogy, his research examines the lived experiences of Latinx, undocumented, and limited English proficient (LEP) students and families. As an activist-scholar, Professor Wagner-Romero engages in participatory action research (PAR) intended to enact systemic change in education that drives forth equity for marginalized communities.

Dr. Wagner-Romero serves as president of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). In November 2022, he was elected as the Region 4 Director of NAME, overseeing chapters in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Through this role, Dr. Wagner-Romero now serves on the NAME national Board of Directors. 

Current courses at UWL

EDS-206: Multicultural Education
EDS-309: Global Perspectives Across the Curriculum

Education

Doctor of Education – Heritage Leadership for Sustainability, Social Justice, and Participatory Culture in Education (University of Missouri - St. Louis)

Master of Education – Curriculum and Instruction (Northeastern University)

Bachelor of Arts – Sociology (Northwestern State University)

Associate of General Studies – English Literature (Delgado Community College)

Career

Teaching history

EDS-206: Multicultural Education (UWL)
EDS-309: Global Perspectives Across the Curriculum (UWL)
EDLA-2000: Education in a Diverse Society (Tulane University)
EDLA-2890: Service Learning (Tulane University)
EDUC-510: Educational Philosophies (BSM - M.Ed. Program)
EDUC-520: Curriculum & Instruction Planning & Development (BSM - M.Ed. Program)
EDUC-570: Classroom Dynamics and Behavior Management (BSM - M.Ed. Program)

Professional history

Assistant Professor of Global and Multicultural Education (2022-present), University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Lecturer in Education (2021-2022), Tulane University

Former elementary school teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, executive director of leadership development, chief academic officer, and elected school board member (New Orleans and Thailand)

Research and publishing

Selected Publications

Wagner-Romero, J. Unbalanced Impact: The Resilience of Youth of Color Amid a Global Pandemic. Wise Publications (expected 2022).

Wagner-Romero, J. "English Learner Resilience: Navigating the Standardized Testing Opportunity Gap Amid COVID-19." Unbalanced Impact: The Resilience of Youth of Color Amid a Global Pandemic. Wise Publications (expected 2022). 

Wagner-Romero, J. "Toward sustainable culturally responsive pedagogies." Culturally Responsive Pedagogies for English Language Learners, edited by Ashraf Esmail. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2022.

Wagner-Romero, J. "Foreword." English Language Learners: A Social Change Perspective, edited by Ashraf Esmail, Abdul Pite, Alice Duhon-Ross, Judith Blakely, and H. Prentice Batiste. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2022. 

Selected Conference Presentations 

Wagner-Romero, J. (2022). Do You Hear Me? Lifting the Voices of Undocumented Youth Through the Implementation of a Youth Participatory Empowerment Model. Louisiana Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Wagner-Romero, J. (2022). English Learners Zoom through School: Finding Voice and Resilience Amid a Global Pandemic. National Association for Multicultural Education Conference, Virtual due to COVID-19.

Wagner-Romero, J. (2021). Power in Young Voices: The Impact of Immigrant Youth Voice in School and Community Engagement Using a YPEM. Mid-South Sociological Association Conference, Charlotte, NC.  

Bledsoe-Gardner, A., Cooper, C., Hunt, A., Nowakowski, A., Pardee, J., & Wagner-Romero, J. (2021). Trauma Informed Practices: Unpacking Interlocking Systems of Power and Inequality in Education Spaces. Mid-South Sociological Association Conference, Charlotte, NC.  

Esmail, A. & Romero, J. (2021) Racial and Ethnic (In)Equities: The Haves and Have-nots in Public Education. Center for Racial Justice at Dillard University. New Orleans, LA.

Wagner-Romero, J. (2021). But We’re Preparing Them Aren’t We? Coming Up Short: The National Teacher Shortage and Teacher Preparation Programs. Southern Association of College Admissions Counselors Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Wagner-Romero, J. (2020). Voice, Empowerment, and Social Awareness: Using a Youth Participatory  Empowerment Model (YPEM) as a Catalyst for Peace Education for Undocumented, Latinx  Youth. National Association for Peace Education Conference, Baton Rouge, LA. 

Wagner-Romero, J. (2019). Jovenes Hoy en Día: Increasing Immigrant Youth Participation and Voice in  School and Community Using a Youth Participatory Empowerment Model (YPEM). National  Association for Multicultural Education Conference, Tucson, AZ.

Blacksheep, C., Canaday, M., Clemens, L., Gillis, M., Hurd, A., Rowland, A., & Wagner-Romero, J. (2018) Youth 3E: Could energized, engaged, and empowered youth heal societal rifts? National Association of Interpretation Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Romero, J. (2018). Learning in the 21st Century: What research says. Moderator of M.Ed. Educational Symposium at Bangkok School of Management, Bangkok, Thailand.

Romero, J. (2017 & 2018).  Culturally competent professional learning communities. Presenter for  Bangladesh Ministry of Education, Bangkok, Thailand.

Romero, J. (2017). Learning as a way of leading: Building socially just educational communities. Presenter and Session Facilitator at the University of Missouri Wintersession, St. Louis, MO.

Kudos

elected

J.C. Wagner-Romero, Educational Studies, was elected Region 4 director for the National Association for Multicultural Education. This includes supporting initiatives in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin until 2024.

Submitted on: Dec. 7, 2022

 

elected

J.C. Wagner-Romero, Educational Studies, elected Founding President of Wisconsin Chapter of National Association for Multicultural Education.

Submitted on: Oct. 5, 2022

 

Memberships & affiliations

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