Loyola University Chicago

School of Education

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Heineke, Amy J.

Title/s:  Associate Professor;
Program Co-Chair of Curriculum

Specialty Area: Emergent bilingual learners, Bilingual education, Language policy, Immigrant & refugee students, Urban teacher education

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1060, WTC

Phone: 312.915.7027


CV Link: Heineke CV


Amy Heineke, Ph.D., is the Associate Professor of Bilingual & Bicultural Education in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on teacher education for culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, with strands focused on pre-service and in-service teachers’ preparation for emergent bilinguals and language policy work in practice to support students’ learning and language development. 


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Program Areas

  • Teaching, Learning, and Leading with Schools and Communities (B.S.Ed. & M.Ed.)
  • Bilingual/Bicultural Education (B.S.Ed.)
  • Language, Culture, and Curriculum (M.Ed.)
  • ESL Endorsement Program
  • Curriculum and Instruction

Research Interests

  • Teacher preparation for emergent bilinguals
  • Language policy in educational practice
  • Cultural and linguistically responsive practice

Courses Taught

  • CIEP 474: Assessment of Bilingual Students
  • CIEP 503: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children and Adolescents
  • CIEP 504: Applied Linguistics for Teachers
  • CIEP 506: English Language Learning Practicum
  • CIEP 522: Curriculum Policy


Selected Publications

  • Heineke, A., & McTighe, J. (2018). Using Understanding by Design in the culturally and linguistically diverse classroom. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
  • Heineke, A. J., & Ryan, A. M. (Eds.) (2018). Teaching, learning, and leading with schools and communities: Field-based teacher education. New York: Routledge.
  • Heineke, A. J., Papola-Ellis, A., Cohen, S., & Davin, K. (2018). Linguistically responsive professional development: An apprenticeship model. Improving Schools, 21, 32-47.
  • Heineke, A. J. (2018). The invisible revolving door: The issue of teacher attrition in English Language Development classrooms in Arizona. Language Policy, 17, 77-98.
  • Heineke, A. J., Davin, K. J., & Bedford, A. (2018). The Seal of Biliteracy: Considering equity and access for English learners. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 26 (99). Accessible online at: https://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/3825
  • Heineke, A. J., & Neugebauer, S. (2018). The complexity of language and learning: Deconstructing teachers’ conceptions of academic language. Issues in Teacher Education, 27(2), 1-17.
  • Heineke, A. J. (2016). Restrictive language policy in practice: English learners in Arizona. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Heineke, A. J., Ryan, A. M., & Tocci, T. (2015). Teaching, learning, and leading: Preparing teachers as educational policy actors. Journal of Teacher Education, 66, 382-394.
  • Heineke, A. J. (2015). Negotiating language policy and practice: Teachers of English learners in an Arizona study group. Educational Policy. Online First, DOI: 10.1177/ 0895904813518101.
  • Heineke, A. J. (2014). Dialoging about English learners: Preparing teachers through culturally relevant literature circles. Action in Teacher Education, 36 (2), 117-140.
  • Heineke, A. J., Coleman, E., Ferrell, E., & Kersemeier, C. (2012). Opening doors for bilingual students: Recommendations for building linguistically responsive schools. Improving Schools, 15, 130-147.