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Michael Kieffer

Associate Professor of Literacy Education (On Leave 2019-2020)

Teaching and Learning

Michael J. Kieffer studies the language and literacy development of students from linguistically diverse backgrounds. A former middle school teacher, he aims to conduct research that can inform instruction and policy to improve the reading outcomes of students in urban schools, especially adolescent English language learners. His research has included longitudinal studies of the reading and language development of English language learners, experimental evaluations of academic vocabulary instruction, and secondary analyses of large longitudinal datasets. He collaborates widely with colleagues in other disciplines, including developmental psychology, applied statistics, special education, and educational policy. He is currently most fascinated by the roles of attention-regulation skills in reading comprehension, metalinguistic skills involved in vocabulary learning, English language learners' long-term developmental trajectories, and improving classrooms to support skills at the intersection of social and academic development. (Click on CV link above for publications and other information.)

Dr. Kieffer's profile on Research Gate with selected full-text publications

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Literacy Education

Build on your experience as a teacher to become a literacy specialist and integrate the teaching of reading and writing into your curriculum or research.

English Education

Foster classroom environments where literacy flourishes, reading comes alive, and students develop personally and socially significant ideas.