Amy W. Grillo


Amy Grillo is an Associate Professor of the Practice in Education Studies at Wesleyan University’s Center for Pedagogical Innovation and has been teaching in Mount Holyoke’s M.A.T. program since 2013. Grillo holds a BA in education studies and studio art from Brown University, a Masters in counseling and consulting psychology and a Doctorate in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Grillo has taught students at every level, from pre-school through Doctoral, has been a Dean at Marlboro College and, for the past 20 years, has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education and psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School, Vermont College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Wesleyan University. She has also done educational research for Children’s Television Workshop and consulted with school districts on gender equity. She is currently engaged in qualitative research on self-directed learning as a factor in promoting equity and action research on prison-based education that puts students in charge of designing their own educational pathways. Grillo works with non-profit and activist groups aimed at elevating the teaching profession and preserving public education in the United States using film and digital media for grassroots networking, and is currently consulting on a multi-state legislative strategy to try to return governance of the teaching profession to teachers.


  • Educational Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Adolescent Development
  • Lab in Early Childhood Social and Personality Development
  • Women, Work & Family
  • Seminar in Self-Directed Learning
  • Writing About Teaching
  • Schools in Society
  • Practicum in Education Studies
  • The Lives of Teenagers
  • Education & Socialization

Selected Publications

Grillo - Angell, A. (2003). Teacher as Anthropologist. Education UpdateVol. VIII, No. 8, 16. New York, NY

Grillo, A. (2005). Elusive Discourse: Public Discussion about the Purpose of School.  Panel presentation: “Public Discourse and Education Policy: How we talk about schooling and why it matters”.  37th Annual Conference of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO). Northampton, MA

Grillo, A. (2006). The Problem of the Liberal Arts College. Presentation, John Dewey and the Adult Learner in the Twenty-first Century: 2nd Annual Colloquium, Vermont College/Union Institute & University Chapter, AAUP, Montpelier, VT

Grillo, A. (2009). Encouraging Reflective Practice through the Licensure Portfolio Process. Paper presentation at Continuity and Collaboration conference of the Vermont Council of Teacher Educators/Vermont Department of Education, Burlington, VT

Grillo, A. (2011). Citizen’s Academy Charter School -- Marten Frazier: The Gradual Release Method (film)., Marion, MA