Faculty & Staff

Kristine Schutz

Assistant Professor

Dr. Kristine Schutz’s research focuses on improving literacy instruction in elementary classrooms, particularly for children who have typically not been well-served by U.S. schools. She is interested in the role of talk and strategy instruction to support children in learning to comprehend and compose complex texts. She also conducts research on teacher learning inside design settings that situate pre-service and practicing teachers’ learning inside of practice, the specialized content knowledge for literacy teaching, and the specification of core instructional practices for K-8 educators and teacher educators. Dr. Schutz spent three years as the lead literacy research and design specialist at TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan. In this role, she developed materials to support literacy teacher educators’ implementation of a practice-based curriculum for teacher education and designed performance assessments and assessments of content knowledge for teaching literacy. She continues to explore these topics in her own research and in collaboration with the Core Practice Consortium. Dr. Schutz is a former dual language teacher and brings experience working with young bilinguals to her research and work with teachers. 


2012 - PhD, University of Michigan, Educational Studies: Literacy, Language & Culture

2003 - MSEd, Northwestern University, Elementary Education

2000 - BA, University of Michigan, Spanish & Organizational Studies

Courses Taught

527 Reading Specialists as Literacy Leaders

  • CI 450
  • CI 503
  • CI 504

Theories and practices related to the role of the reading specialist, including management and evaluation of support systems, programs, personnel, and professional development in literacy.