Dr. Judith Wagner

Director of the Broadoaks Children's School
Professor of Education & Child Development

Broadoaks, Carousel K
562.907.4200, ext.4973







Academic History

M.A., University of Toledo
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Academic Focus

  • K-12 Education
  • Children's ethnic identity
  • Effects of catastrophes on children
  • Early childhood

Dr. Judith Wagner is a popular lecturer in the United States and Europe. She specializes in improving education and family life through greater understanding of child development and she focuses on learning and social development in the early childhood and elementary school years. Wagner holds credentials in preschool, elementary and secondary education, and has taught at all levels, from preschool to university. Since 1984, she has directed the Broadoaks Children's School at Whittier College, one of the nation's oldest and most respected demonstration schools. Her current research projects focus on ethnic identity development and its relationships to the social experiences of majority and minority children. She also studies the effects of catastrophes such as 9-11 upon children who are not directly involved. Wagner is a contributing editor on two recent books on childhood and is often quoted in the popular media on a variety of topics relating to children and families. Wagner earned an M.A. in education from the University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in child development and teacher education from the University of Pittsburgh.

President of OMEP-USNC, United States National Committee of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education