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Jennifer Renn

Research Assistant Professor Literacy & LanguageCurriculum and Instruction

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Dr. Jennifer Renn is a Research Assistant Professor and the Managing Director of the Center for Literacy and Language Education and Research (CL2EAR) in the College of Education at Purdue University. Her research uses mixed methods approaches to investigate topics related to sociolinguistics, language assessment, educator training, instructional coaching, dual language bilingual education, and language variation and identity. She is co-Investigator of Parental Inclusion in Language and Research (Project PILAR), funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, which works with teachers and instructional coaches in school districts with dual language education programs. She is also a co-Investigator on the Science of Reading Implementation Grant funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Prior to joining Purdue, she was the Director of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington D.C., where she directed the English for Heritage Language Speakers Program and worked in K-12 English language assessment research. She was an Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral scholar in early child education at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) from 2010-2013. Dr. Renn has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in general linguistics, language instruction, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, assessment, and field methods at institutions including Georgetown University, George Washington University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Purdue University.

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