Room: 2233 Benjamin Building
Phone: (301) 405-0433
Jennifer Turner (Ph.D., Michigan State University)
Associate Professor; LLSI
Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
_______________________________________________Research Interests | Bio | Fellowships | Publications | Curriculum Vitae |
My research investigates culturally responsive approaches to elementary reading instruction; examines vision as a conceptual and practical tool for preparing reading teachers for diversity; and explores the use of multicultural and global literature in reading preparation coursework. In addition, I am initiating a research project to understand how African American students in grades 3-5 envision themselves as readers using drawings as a medium for expressing literate identities and cultural practices.
Dr. Jennifer Danridge Turner is Associate Professor in Reading
Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Literacy from
Michigan State University. Dr. Turner’s scholarship centers on a)
responsive and rigorous instruction for African American elementary
readers, b) preparing K-5 reading teachers for diversity and
globalizing reading teacher education, and c) college and career
literacies and readiness in K-5 schools. Her research projects have been
funded through numerous grants, including the Qualitative Research
Interest Group (QRIG) grant from the Consortium on Race, Gender, and
Ethnicity at the University of Maryland; Global Awareness in Teacher
Education (GATE) fellowship from the Longview Foundation/UMCP; the
Maryland Institute for Minority and Urban Education (MIMAUE) at the
University of Maryland; and the prestigious Elva Knight Research Grant
from the International Reading Association. Dr. Turner’s scholarship
appears in leading academic journals, including Action in Teacher
Education, The Reading Teacher, Reading Research and Instruction,
Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Literacy Teaching and
Learning. Her recent book, Change is Gonna Come: Transforming Literacy Education for African American Students (with
Patricia A. Edwards and Gwendolyn McMillon) won the 2011 Edward Fry
Book Award from the Literacy Research Association. Dr. Turner draws
upon her scholarly work in her classes, which earned her a coveted
Excellence in Teaching Award for Tenure-Track Faculty from the College
of Education at the University of Maryland. Dr. Turner’s new research
on college and career literacies for K-5 students, and their connection
to the Common Core’s English Language Arts Standards, will appear in
upcoming issues of Language Arts and in a 2014 summer volume of Theory into Practice, for which Dr. Turner served as a Co-Editor.
Dr. Turner is also very active in professional organizations, serving as a member on the Board of Directors for the Literacy Research Association, as a member of the Publications Committee for the International Reading Association, and as Co-Editor of the Literacy Leadership column for the Reading Teacher. Finally, Dr. Turner is an author on National Geographic’s REACH Program (a K-5 ESL program emphasizing Language, Literacy, and Content) and REACH FOR READING Program (a K-5 comprehensive reading program), published by National Geographic School Publishing and Cengage.
2008 * Global Awareness Teacher Education (GATE) Fellowship from the College of Education/Longview Foundation
Awarded by: University of Maryland College Park
2010 * College of Education Technology Fellow Awarded by: University of Maryland College Park Honors and Awards (selected)
2011 * Recipient, Edward Fry Book Award Awarded by: Literacy Research Association Awarded for book titled Change is Gonna Come: Transforming the Literacy Education of African American Students
2012 * College of Education Excellence in Teaching Award for Tenure-Track Faculty Awarded by: University of Maryland College Park
Recent Publications (selected, 2010-2012)
- Edwards, P.A., McMillon, G.T., & Turner, J.D. (2010). Change is Gonna Come: Transforming Literacy Education for African American Students. New York: Teachers College Press.
- Turner, J.D., Hoeltzel, C. & Li, J. (2010). Read to lead: Resources that help teachers enhance literacy leadership. Language Arts, 87 (6), 472-477.
- O'Gilvie, H.O., Turner, J.D., & Hughes, H.L. (2011). Teaching through language: Using multilingual tools to promote literacy achievement among African American elementary students. In P. Schmidt & A. Lazar (Eds.), Practicing What We Teach: How Culturally Responsive Literacy Classrooms Make a Difference (pp. 141-155). New York: Teachers College Press.
- Turner, J.D., Applegate, M.K., & Applegate, A. (2011). New teachers as literacy leaders. The Reading Teacher 64(7), 550-552.
- Turner, J.D. & Pope, K. (2012). On lanterns and footwalkers: Jonathan Kozol's vision of literacy for our times. In R. Ognibene (Ed.). A Persistent Reformer: Jonathan Kozol's Work to Promote Equality in America (pp. 98-116). Peter Lang.
- McIntyre, E. & Turner, J.D. (forthcoming, 2013). Culturally responsive literacy instruction. In B. Taylor and N. Duke (Eds.). Effective Literacy Instruction: A Handbook of Research and Practice. Guilford Press.