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

SMART goal

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.

Cat stretching

Sentence Expanding: Helping Students Build Stronger Sentences

Sentence expanding helps students write strong, clear, and detailed sentences. Teach students this writing technique through explicit instruction.

Young student writing

Developing Writers in the Classroom: Fluency With Writing Mechanics and an Engaged Community of Writers

Teachers can help students become better writers by teaching and encouraging practice of the mechanics of writing, as well as establishing an environment that motivates them to write.