Emily Rainey is a postdoctoral research fellow and co-director of Clinical Rounds at the School of Education. She studies disciplinary literacy practices, disciplinary literacy teaching, and literacy teacher education. Two big questions guiding her work are 1) What does it mean to teach secondary students to read and learn within and across the many discourse communities of their lives, including the academic disciplines? and 2) How do we best prepare the next generation of middle and high school classroom teachers to support adolescents' sophisticated literacy learning?
To date, much of Emily's work has focused on the school domain of secondary English language arts (ELA). She has frequently taught ELA-specific literacy methods courses at the University of Michigan, she has designed and facilitated professional development for in-service secondary ELA teachers, and she has studied the disciplinary literacy practices and instructional approaches of literary scholars and high school ELA teachers.
Emily holds doctoral and master's degrees in Literacy, Language, and Culture from the University of Michigan. Emily began her career in education as a middle school ELA teacher in the Arkansas Delta.