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Educational Inquiry and Curriculum Studies, and English
College of Education
Writing pedagogy; literacy education; interdisciplinary curriculum; and classroom assessment.
Courses Taught 
SCED 303E: Methods of Teaching English in the Secondary School
SCED 301: Methods of Teaching on the Secondary Level
SCED 401E/L New Directions in Teaching English
SCED 407A/B: Teaching Multicultural Adolescent Literature in Middle and Secondary Schools
ELED 311: School Curriculum
ELED 430: Trends and Issues
ENGL 390: Young Adult Novel
Research Interests 
Interdisciplinary curriculum planning; student and teacher identity in relation to schooling; literacy within and across disciplines.

Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Research
University of Wisconsin - Madison

M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies
National-Louis University

B.A. in English
Indiana University - Bloomington

Selected Publications 

Smith, K. (2012). Title II SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development) Grant for Professional Development in a High-Need School. Received funding via the National Writing Project.

Smith, K., and McKnight, K. (2009). Remembering to laugh and explore: Improvisational activities for literacy teaching in urban classrooms. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 10(12). Retrieved April 27, 2010 from

Smith, K. (2008). Becoming an "honors student": The interplay of literacies and identities in a high-track class.  Journal of Curriculum Studies, 40 (4), 481-507.

Additional Information 

NEIU Travel Grant Award Winner

Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel: Award of Merit” (as a member of the Freshman Studies Team)

American Federation of Teachers Robert G. Porter Scholar

Pi Lambda Theta Graduate Student Scholar


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