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Lisa Siciliano

Graduate Student

Learning Sciences Research Institute


Building & Room:

1570 SSB


1240 W. Harrison St.


Research and Teaching Interests

I am particularly interested in how theatre can be used within the general education classroom to support content learning as well as encourage socio-emotional learning and teaching. I also have a strong interest in training pre-service teachers and developing professional development
opportunities for teaching artists. I have a passion for teaching students in urban communities, and I possess experience with and a love for teaching gifted students. l am passionate about anything having to do with literacy, and I am enjoying delving into student literacies inside and outside of school contexts including museums! Finally, I am a strong supporter of arts education - not just theatre education - for all students.


Theatre Studies, Drama Education, Embodiment

Year Entered Program



Susan Goldman and Josh Radinsky


Cleveland, OH

Professional Goals

In the future, I want to make sure I have a foot in the world of research and another one in the world of practice. I look forward to writing books one day!

Hobbies & Interests

I love murder mysteries - I’ll read them, watch them, host them, play them as board games, etc. I enjoy dancing specifically ballet and hip hop. I also love being active and enjoy yoga and weight lifting, as well.

Why Learning Sciences?

I’m fascinated by how people learn, and when I was a classroom teacher, I felt as though I had way more questions that I wanted to explore than I had answers. The interdisciplinary nature of Learning Sciences is also key for me. I LOVE learning anything, so why not study how it actually happens and how to improve it for others?

Why LSRI at UIC?

The teachers here are leaders in their fields and are absolutely brilliant. The are also very caring and work hard to help us succeed. I chose LSRI at UIC because it’s located within a huge urban city and shares my values of service and community.

Service to Community

LSSA treasurer (2018-2019)


2013 - MSED, Northwestern University, Elementary Education
2011 - Certificate, Northwestern University, Museum Studies
2005 - BA, Yale University, Theatre Studies

Licensures and Certifications

I am a licensed K through 9 teacher in Illinois.

Professional Memberships


Research Currently in Progress

I am working with Professor Goldman on the McDonnell teachers as learners project (JSMF)/Teachers orchestrating disciplinary discourse project ( TOD^2).