Jennifer is the Director of LitLife Connecticut. Alongside several LitLife colleagues, LitLife Connecticut is currently collaborating with a wide range of schools and teachers across the state. In addition, Jennifer consults in schools and specializes in partnering with teachers to create original curriculum, reflect upon and improve practice and to develop systems for analyzing student work to inform instruction.
Currently, Jennifer is researching how to better highlight both student agency and motivation in the reading conference. Previously, she was a lead author in the development of The Core Ready Series.
In 2014, Jennifer published Be Fabulous: The Reading Teacher’s Guide to Reclaiming Your Happiness in the Classroom. She also frequently contributes to both online and print publications through the International Literacy Association.
Jennifer holds a doctorate in education from the department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her doctoral research focused on the role of teachers’ professional identities in their daily practice and how these identities evolve over time and in response to political change.
Prior to joining the LitLife team in 2010, Jennifer spent nine years teaching both first and second grades in Harlem. In the fall of 2009, Jennifer’s satirical novel of her experiences was published. The book is an outgrowth of her teacher advocacy blog titled, It’s Not All Flowers and Sausages.