Dr. Jennifer I. Berne is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education at Northern Illinois University. She holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan, an MA in English Language and Literature from Northeastern University in Boston, and a PhD in Teacher Education from Michigan State University.
Her path to NIU included a nine-year stint as faculty and chair of English at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills, MI as well as faculty positions at several universities where she served in various administrative capacities including director of pre-service education and Department Chair.
Her research interests are the teaching of writing, comprehension strategy instruction, and teacher education. Her school-based work includes staff development for teachers, reading specialists, and principals on understanding and implementing contemporary models of reading and writing instruction.
Jennifer has written books focused upon college literacy, high school writing, middle grades and elementary reading. Dr. Berne has co-authored two recent books with Dr. Sophie Degener, Strategic Reading Instruction: Guiding Middle Grade Readers, Corwin Press (2012), and Responsive Guided Reading, Guilford Press (2010). Dr. Berne has also authored The Writing-centered Classroom: Writing Workshop in the High School, Guilford Press (2008) and Process of Discovery: A Writer’s Workshop (McGraw Hill College Division (1996).