Lori Norton-Meier, PhD, Director
Lori Norton-Meier is the director of the Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy. Norton-Meier earned a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in language, literacy, and culture from the University of Iowa as well as a master's degree in early childhood education. She earned her bachelor's degree in human development from Iowa State University. Her research examines the role of play and inquiry in teaching and learning, particularly related to language and literacy practices of teachers, children, youth and family members. She studies the role of play in understanding media literacy, how family inquiry fuels learning in and out of school settings, and argument-based inquiry in teaching and learning particularly related to science. She has multiple publications including 30 journal publications, 20 book chapters and five books, with two of these books focusing on the voices of teachers who describe their process of learning as teacher researchers in their own classrooms.
Theresa Johnson, Secretary III
Theresa Johnson joined the Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy in 2013. Her responsibilities include maintaining the daily operations of the office and keeping financial records of multiple accounts.