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Janette Klingner, Ph.D.

School of Education
University of Colorado at Boulder

Janette Klingner is a professor of education specializing in bilingual multicultural special education at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Department of Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity. She was a bilingual special education teacher for ten years, in California and Florida, before earning a Ph.D. in reading and learning disabilities from the University of Miami. To date she has authored or co-authored 100 articles, books, and book chapters. Her book with Beth Harry, Why are so many minority students in special education? Understanding race and disability in schools, is a Teachers College Press best seller.


Currently, she is a co-Principal Investigator (PI) on two research projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) and the Literacy Learning Cohort Project. In addition, she is a co-PI for an Equity Assistance Center (Region VIII). Recently she was a co-PI for the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt), a Technical Assistance Center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to address the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education.


Over the years, she has been a co-author and co-Principal Investigator on federally funded grants totaling more than 27 million dollars. Research interests include reading comprehension strategy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students, Response to Intervention for English language learners, the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education, and professional development that enhances teacher quality.


She is a member of several professional organizations in special education, bilingual education/TESOL, multicultural education, and literacy. She is a past Co-Editor of the Review of Educational Research, an Associate Editor for the Journal of Learning Disabilities, and on the editorial boards of nine other journals. In 2004 she won the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award for outstanding research.