Dr. Rogers received his bachelor's degree from Clark University in 1994, an Ed.M. from Northeastern University in 1998, and an Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2012. His dissertation is titled Slavery on Their Minds: Representing the Institution in Children's and Young Adult Literature.
Dr. Rogers has worked in and with schools throughout the past seventeen years. Starting with his work at the Dynamy Youth Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts, he has worked to help young people thrive academically and to improve their educational settings. He has taught in the Newton, Amherst, and Springfield, Massachusetts public schools, and has served as literacy coach, consultant, and a university supervisor of student teachers in a number of urban schools in western Massachusetts.
Throughout the past three years, Dr. Rogers has also been involved in a number of efforts that have focused on engaging young people in development of their urban communities and supporting youth leaders who are interested in being critical participants in urban and metropolitan change.
As a researcher, Dr. Rogers is exploring interventions and methods that enhance student engagement with school and learning. He also has research interests in critical literacies, critical multicultural analysis of children's and young adult literature, curriculum development, literacy education, and community/school/university collaboration.
Courses Currently Taught or Co-Taught
. Graphic Novels in the Classroom
. Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Practicum
. Teaching and Learning II & III
. Ways of Knowing: History and the Social Sciences (Secondary)
. Children's and Young Adult Literature
. Critical Reading and Writing
. Multicultural Literature