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Vicki A. Jacobs

Adjunct Lecturer on Education

Vicki A. Jacobs

Degree:  Ed.D., Harvard University, (1986)
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Vicki A. Jacobs has served as faculty director of the Teacher Education, Field Experience, and Specialized Studies Programs at HGSE. Her work examines the intersections of inquiry-based teaching and learning, cognition, and literacy through the lens of K-12 practitioners (e.g., content teachers, curriculum developers, reading specialists, and administrators). At HGSE, she has taught courses focused on secondary literacy, teaching and learning, curriculum development, and the teaching of English. She also has taught English and composition at the high school and undergraduate levels. She is a former associate of the Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking, past-president of the Massachusetts Association of Teacher Educators and of the Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educators, and past vice-president elect of the Massachusetts Reading Association. She is currently the senior series consultant for Vocabulary Workshop (William H. Sadlier, Inc., 2012) and Vocabulary Workshop Achieve (William H. Sadlier, Inc., 2018) and a member of several educational and editorial boards. 

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Jacobs, V.A. & Ippolito, J. The secondary classroom: Improving comprehension of informational text.  In S.R. Parris & K. Headley (Eds.).  Comprehension instruction: Research-based best practices (3rd Edition).  New York, NY: Guilford Press, 278-290.,(2015)

Research in writing: The rightful place of writing-to-learn in content teaching.  In J. Ippolito, J. F. Lawrence, & C. Zaller (Eds.) Getting to the core of adolescent literacy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 181-195,(2013)

Senior Series Consultant.  Vocabulary Workshop (Levels D (9) – H (12+) (Student and Teacher’s Editions).  New York, NY: William H. Sadlier, Inc.,(2012)

The landscape of adolescent literacy.  In S.R. Parris, D. Fisher, & K. Headley.  Adolescent literacy, field tested: Effective solutions for every classroom.  Newark, DE: International Reading Association, 5-20. (Also excerpted in The Exchange, 21(2) [April, 2009], 2-5.),(2009)

Adolescent literacy: Putting the crisis in context. Harvard Education Review 78(1), 7-39. (Also excerpted in Curriculum Leadership 7[5] [May 22, 2009].),(2008)

Are you tough enough to teach? Assembly, 65(4), 22-23.,(2007)

Chall, J. & Jacobs, V.A. The classic study on poor children’s fourth-grade slump.  American Educator, 27(1), 14-15; 44,(2003)

National Research Council.  Attracting PhDs to K-12 education: A demonstration program for science, mathematics, and technology.  Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. (Committee member).,(2002)

Reading, writing, and understanding.  Educational Leadership, 60(3), (November), 58-61. (Also in R.D. Robinson [Ed.].  [2005]. Readings in reading instruction: Its history, theory, and development. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc., 170-175.),(2002)

An introduction to academic programs. In J.O. Milner, R. Edelfelt, & P.T. Wilbur (Eds.). Developing teachers: Fifth year programs for outstanding students. New York, NY: University Press of America.,(2001)

Using reading to learn: The matter of understanding. Perspectives: The International Dyslexia Association, 26(4), 38-40.,(2000)

What secondary teachers can do to teach reading: A three-step strategy for helping students delve deeper into texts.  Harvard Education Letter (July/August), 4-5.  (Also in Media Spectrum, 26[3], [Fall], 18-19.)  (Also in J. Sapp [Ed.].  [1999]. Teaching reading through balanced literacy. Bloomington, IN: Phi Delta Kappan International.),(1999)

The use of connectives in low-income children's writing: Linking reading, writing, and language skill development.  In L.R. Putnam (Ed.). Readings on language and literacy: A tribute to Jeanne Chall (pp. 100-130).  Brookline Books: Cambridge, MA.,(1997)

Seven recommendations for remediating writing difficulties.  In L.R. Putnam (Ed.), How to be a better reading teacher: Strategies for assessment and intervention (pp. 299-306).  Columbus, OH: Merrill/ Macmillan.,(1996)

Chall, J. & Jacobs, V.A. The reading, writing, and language connection.  In J. Shimron (Ed.) Literacy and education: Essays in memory of Dina Feitelson (pp. 33-48).  Creskill, NJ: Hampton Press.,(1996)

Student teaching in English/internship in English student teaching.  Encyclopedia of English studies and language arts.  Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English (Scholastic Corporation).,(1994)

Jacobs, V.A. & Merseth, K.K. Case study approaches.  Encyclopedia of English studies and language arts.  Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English/Scholastic.,(1994)

The principals' center writing group: A working model for professional development.  Wisdom and Practice, (Summer), Cambridge, MA: Harvard Principals' Center.,(1993)

Chall, J., Jacobs, V.A., & Baldwin, L.  The reading crisis: Why poor children fall behind. Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press.,(1990)

Promising practices: Using writing as a means for personal and professional development.  In S. Levine (Ed.), Promoting adult growth in schools (pp. 225-228). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.,(1989)

Thinking about reading and writing: A gift of ash.  Teachers and Writers, 19(4), 9-11.,(1988)

Levine, S. & Jacobs, V.A.  Writing as a tool for staff development.  The Journal of Staff Development, 7(1), 44-51.,(1986)

Chall, J. & Jacobs, V.A.  Writing and reading in the elementary grades: Developmental trends among low-SES children. Language Arts, 60(5), (May), 617-626.  (Also in J. Jensen [Ed.]. [1984]. Composing and comprehending [pp. 93-104.  Urbana, IL:  ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills and the National Conference in Research in English.),(1983)

New England Association of Teachers of English.  The development and use of curriculum guides in New England: A survey by the NEATE. The Leaflet, 18(2).  (Co-author.),(1982)

Jacobs, V.A. & Wade, S.  Teaching reading in the content-areas.  Momentum, (12)4 (December), 8-10.  (1982 EdPress Award),(1981)


Member, Public Schools Curriculum Consortium (Orange County, FL),(2001-2002)

Member, Committee on Attracting Science and Mathematics Ph.D.s to K-12 Education (National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council),(2000-2002)

Scholar, National Faculty,(1994-2000)

Associate Faculty Member, Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking

Member, Deans Group, Boston Higher Education Partnership; Chair, Literacy Task Force

Member, Human Resources Advisory Committee, Boston Public Schools

Member, Massachusetts Reading First/State Reading Leadership Team

Member, WriteBoston Advisory Group, Harvard Children's Initiative

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