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Kenneth O. Kunz, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor


Department
Curriculum and Instruction
Office
McAllan Hall 229
Phone
732-263-5292
Email
kkunz@monmouth.edu
Office Hours
Office Hours for the 2020-2021 school year are virtual and available daily.
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Kenneth O. Kunz, Ed.D.

Dr. Kenneth Kunz is an Assistant Professor of Literacy and Language Arts in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at Monmouth University.

Dr. Kunz received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English from Kean University and holds a master’s degree in Reading Specialization and a doctorate in Teacher Leadership from Rutgers University . In 2007, Dr. Kunz received recognition as an outstanding teacher through the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Program. In 2014, Dr. Kunz received the Edward Fry Endowed Fellowship in Literacy at Rutgers University.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Literacy Association and Little Free Library. He also serves as President of the NJ Literacy Association. He has presented professional development centered on literacy instruction in classrooms across New Jersey and at both state and national conferences and is co-author of Breaking through the Language Arts Block: Organizing and Managing an Exemplary Literacy Day and Literacy Changemakers: Bringing the Joy of Reading and Writing Into Focus for Students and Teachers.

Dr. Kunz also actively contributes to initiatives around curriculum as evidenced by his creation of “Bienvenidos Book Club,” a K-3 literacy program for immigrant students and their families, and his work to develop NJ’s first LGBTQ+ inclusive set of curriculum resources for ELA. Dr. Kunz is certified through the NJ Department of Education as an Elementary Teacher (K-8), Reading Specialist, Teacher of English, Supervisor of Instruction, Principal, and Teacher of English as a Second Language. He is an experienced classroom teacher, reading coach/consultant, school administrator, and district administrator.

Education

Ed.D. Teacher Leadership, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Ed.M. Reading Specialization, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

B.A. Elementary Education and English, Kean University, Union, NJ

Research Interests

My current research involves initiatives aimed at improving K-12 delivery of ELA curriculum and instruction, fostering and cultivating inclusive literacy environments, equity and access through literacy, and comprehensive literacy in diverse formats and contexts.

Publications

Books

Kunz, K., Hall, M. & Lella, R. (2020) Literacy Changemakers: Bringing the Joy of Reading and Writing into Focus for Teachers and Students. New York: Guilford.

Morrow, L, Kunz, K. & Hall, M. (2018) Breaking Through the Language Arts Block: Organizing and Managing the Exemplary Literacy Day. New York: Guilford.

Scholarly Articles

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Dwyer, B., Kunz, K. & Simpson, A. “Right to Supportive Learning Environments and High-Quality Resources.” (2019). International Literacy Association Research Brief: 2-6.

Kunz, K. & Benavides, B. (2019) “Three Key Ingredients for Impactful Literacy Learning Across Content Areas: Intention, Joy, and an Eye for Social Justice and Equity.” The Missouri Reader (Summer 2019): 34-40.

Dougherty, S., Morrow, L., Kunz, K. & Hall, M. “Rutgers Reading Club: An After-School Program to Motivate and Enhance Literacy for Struggling Readers.” (2017). Michigan 
Reading Journal 49(3) 49-52.

Other Articles

Kunz, K. & Lapp, D. “Focus on Comprehension: Supporting Learners in Becoming More Fluent Comprehenders in a Virtual Classroom.” Literacy Today (September/October 2020): 12-14.

Kunz, K. & Lapp, D. “No Longer Distant: Distance Learning is Forever Emblazed as Our Teaching Reality.” Literacy Today (July/August 2020): 8-10.

Kunz, K. “A Tale of Two Cities: Mobilizing ILA’s Children’s Rights to Read.” Literacy Today (March/April 2020): 22-23.

Morrow, L., Kunz, K., & Hall, M. “The Rutgers Reading Club: Examining the Results of Our Successful After-School Intervention Program.” Literacy Today (May/June 2018): 14-15.

Morrow, L.M., Kunz, K., & Hall, M. (2018). Breaking through the language arts block: Organizing and managing an exemplary literacy day. New York, NY: Guilford.

Kunz, Kenneth (2015). Motivating reading and writing with well-known and new literacies. In Morrow, L.M. (8th ed.), Literacy development in the early years: Helping children read and write. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Kunz, Kenneth (2015). Two activities that can transform your vocabulary instruction. Retrieved from cli.org/2015/04/13/two-activities-that-can-transform-your-vocabulary-instruction/

Kunz, Kenneth (2015). Interactive techniques for guided reading instruction. Retrieved from cli.org/2015/03/24/interactive-techniques-for-guided-reading-instruction/

Kunz, Kenneth (2012). Motivating reading and writing with well-known and new literacies. In Morrow, L.M. (8th ed.), Literacy development in the early years: Helping children read and write. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Kunz, Kenneth (2011). Operant conditioning theory. In Morrow, L.M. & Tracey, D.H. (2nd ed.), Lenses on Reading: An Introduction to Theories and Models. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Published Curricular Resources & Programs

“Bienvenidos Book Club” Curriculum. (2020). Baltimore, MD: AKJ Education.

LGBTQ+ ELA Inclusive Lessons, Grades 6-12. New Jersey (2020): Make It Better 4 Youth and Garden State Equality.

 [Blog: “Shared Literacy Community Values: Step into ESL LitCamp”]. (2018). Scholastic.

Presentations/Invited Talks

2019 Institute Organizer and Presenter:
“Jump Into the Early Literacy Trenches: Focus on Your Students, Leave with a Plan!” International Literacy Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.

2019 Presentation:
“Literacy Changemakers: How to Bring the Joy of Reading and Writing Back into Focus for Students and Teachers.” International Literacy Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.

2019 Keynote Address:
“Breaking Through the Language Arts Block: Exemplary Literacy Instruction for All Learners.” State of Maryland Literacy Association Annual Conference. Hunt Valley, MD.

2019 Presentation:
“Breaking Literacy Barriers: Step Into Classrooms Where English Learners Thrive.” International Literacy Association Regional Intensive. Las Vegas, NV.

Professional Associations

NJ Literacy Association (President)

Little Free Library Organization (Board Member)

Learning Ally (Academic Advisory Board Member)

Literacy Research Association (Member)

MU International Literacy Association Chapter (Advisor) MU NJEA Preservice (Advisor)

Awards

2014 Edward Fry Fellowship in Literacy: Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

2013 Bloomfield College Award for Mentoring Excellence

2009 Nominated for NJ State Teacher of the Year: Governor’s Recognition Program

2007 Union County Teacher of the Year Recognition

Grant Funding/Academic Support

2020 Recipient: Urban Coast Institute (UCI) Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe-Faculty Enrichment Grant: “Nourishing Book Deserts: Providing Access to Authentic and Relevant Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Books for Coastal Communities.”

2019 Recipient: School of Education Transformative Learning Grant (TLG): “Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors: An Interdisciplinary Transformational of 3rd-5th Grade Classroom Libraries.”

Courses