Jennifer Knight, Ph.D.

Jennifer Knight
Literacy Consultant, Iowa Reading Research Center

Jennifer Knight earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education with a specialization in Literacy and Language Development from Michigan State University. She spent the first 15 years of her career as a family teacher at a residential school and an early elementary classroom teacher and mentor. Most recently, Dr. Knight was an assistant professor at Utah State University teaching elementary methods courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has written multiple peer-reviewed articles, focusing on early literacy development. Dr. Knight has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences, as well as professional development workshops for educators related to literacy research. Her research interests include early literacy development (specifically reading comprehension, vocabulary, and background knowledge), instruction, teacher education, teacher professional development, and issues of equity in literacy education.

Recent Blog Posts

Parent-Child Conversation: More Than Just Idle Chatter

When parents engage in meaningful oral conversations with children in the home, it can have a positive impact on their vocabulary skills and overall reading ability. Our tips can help foster more of these conversations.
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A Chore No More: Make Summer Reading Enjoyable With Family-Oriented Approaches

Make summer reading fun and fulfilling for the children in your family and help them maintain their reading skills with these seasonal approaches to reading. 
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Goal Setting and Progress Monitoring to Address a Literacy Issue: The PROPeL Initiative

Address a literacy challenge by setting a SMART goal, establishing benchmarks in the journey toward that goal, tracking the entire process using progress monitoring, and modifying instruction when progress monitoring suggests you should.