Lottie Baker

Lottie Baker
Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Lottie Baker leads the English and foreign language teacher education programs in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and teaches courses in language education. She holds National Board Certification and has over 10 years’ experience teaching English in a variety of contexts, from young learners in public school to adults in university and professional settings.

Baker has designed, led, and evaluated professional development for teachers in the U.S. and abroad.

Her research interests include the schooling trajectories and experiences of former and long-term English learners, integrating international perspectives in teacher education, and English education policy and teacher professional development in Southeast Asia.

Ed.D., The George Washington University
M.A.T., The University of Virginia
B.A., The University of Virginia


Baker, L. (2015). How Many Words is a Picture Worth? Integrating Visual Literacy into Language Learning with Photographs. English Teaching Forum, 53(4), 2-13.

Baker, L. (2014). What it Takes: The Importance of Social Support for Academically Successful Middle School English learners. Youth & Society. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0044118X14553581

DiCerbo, P., Anstrom, K., Baker, L., & Rivera, C. (2014). A review of the literature on teaching Academic English to English language learners. Review of Research in Education, 84(2), 1–37.

Liu, L., Baker, L., & Milman, N. (2014). Technological Innovation in 21st Century Multicultural Teacher Preparation. Journal for Multicultural Education, 8(1), 54-67.

Baker, L. (2013). “Going for the Gold”: Successful Former English Language Learners’ Experiences and Understandings of Schooling. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

In the News

Faculty, students and alumni represented GSEHD at the 2017 Teaching Day at GW. Dr. Tiffany Sikorski, along with GW undergraduate students Acacia Ackles and Alaina Pak, presented How to Improve In-Class Activities with Undergraduate Learning Assistants. Jennifer Donaghue, Director of the International Services Office and GSEHD doctoral student (higher education administration), and GSEHD alumna Dr. Megan Siczek (Ed.D., education policy) and Director of the GW English for Academic Purposes program, discussed Engaging International Students in the Classroom. Director of the GW Post-baccalaureate Pre-medicine Program and GSEHD alumna Dr. Lisa Schwartz (Ed.D., higher education administration) participated in the poster session with Lights, Camera, Action - Developing Pre-Health Professional Student Career Development through Film. GSEHD alumna Dr. Maranda Ward (Ed.D., curriculum and pedagogy), GSEHD student Nicole Fraise (curriculm and pedagogy), and Dr. Brian Casemore shared their poster Centering the Margins: Inclusivity as a Recursive Act. Dr. Lottie Baker, along with GW Spanish Instructor Dolores Perillan, presented the poster Spanish in Action: Transforming Student Language Learning Through Community Engagement.

Dr. Lottie Baker presented a webinar entitled Connecting Reading & Writing in Grammar Teaching: A Functional Approach for American English Webinar Series, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She was also featured in a Facebook Live Chat Interview on the American English for Educators site.

Dr. Lottie Baker was an invited presenter for the annual Seminar for Academic Faculty in Languages, held at the University of Quintana Roo, Cozumel, Mexico in July. She led a short course entitled "Fostering Learner Autonomy in the English Language Classroom."

Dr. Lottie Baker wrote a commentary piece for the TESOL International Association's Bi-Weekly English Language Bulletin titled In response to 'When L1 interferes with English learning.'

TELL (Teaching English Language Learners) Director Dr. Patricia DiCerbo, along with senior research associate Tracy Tressler, led a one-day meeting titled Celebrating Lessons & Successes of the TELL Certificate in Richmond, Virginia. The meeting brought together GSEHD faculty and staff, teachers and administrators from rural Virginia school divisions, and state department leadership. Dr. Lottie Baker conducted a Q&A session at the meeting with (former) TELL instructors Dr. Keira Ballantyne, Dr. Janet Schiavone, and Abbe Spokane.