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Danielle V. Dennis

Danielle V. Dennis

Danielle V. Dennis is a professor of literacy teacher education and director at the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island.

From 2014 to 2016, she was a member of the ILA Literacy Education Reform Task Force that developed the Frameworks for Literacy Education Reform white paper. Since 2015, she has served as an editorial board member for The Reading Teacher (RT). A regular presenter at ILA conferences, she has also written for RT and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Working with ILA affiliates, she has served as a board member of the Florida Literacy Association and is a regular presenter at the UK Literacy Association annual conference. Outside of ILA, she is chair of the Literacy Research Association's Policy and Legislative Committee.

As a literacy teacher educator, her focus on building strong school–university partnerships has created sites where teacher candidates and veteran teachers are afforded professional development to support knowledge of literacy teaching and learning. These partnerships, both nationally and in the UK, are designed to build teacher capacity in literacy by providing access to research and opportunities to practice with feedback through coaching. Much of her research studies teacher knowledge development through coaching and access to student data to make informed instructional decisions. She publishes and presents research with teachers/leaders at these sites and work closely with the partner schools.