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Jenelle Williams

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Jenelle Williams is a seasoned literacy consultant in the Leadership and Continuous Improvement unit at Oakland Schools, a Michigan-based intermediate school district. Prior to her current role, which she began in 2017, Jenelle accrued 18 years of experience in public schools across elementary, middle, and high school levels. Her diverse experience includes serving as a classroom teacher, IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator, teacher leader, and educational technology coach. As an IB Educator and Examiner since 2013, she plays a vital role in leading professional development workshops and marking e-assessments for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Jenelle's impressive educational background includes an Education Specialist in Leadership degree and a master's degree in Reading and Language Arts, both earned at Oakland University. Passionate about supporting educators at various levels, she focuses on secondary literacy and is particularly enthusiastic about her responsibility as Co-Chair of the statewide Disciplinary Literacy Task Force to advance Michigan's work in disciplinary literacy.


  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • Reading/Writing Workshop in ELA
  • Literacy Leadership Teams
  • Coaching for Disciplinary Literacy



Disciplinary Literacy: Deeper Learning in All Content Areas: The paradigm is shifting, thankfully, so that now ELA teachers are not the only ones responsible for teaching kids to read, write, and utilize other forms of literacy. It’s not that science, math, or social studies teachers are expected to “become teachers of reading.” Instead, a disciplinary literacy approach shows teachers how to infuse content-specific literacy as a tool to increase learning. That means kids are taught to read documents as historians, write lab notes as scientists, and communicate about problems as mathematicians. As for ELA teachers, they can support literacy learning within the disciplines, but they are free to concentrate on their own content. This workshop honors the expertise of all teachers while helping them integrate literacy as an inherent part of everyday lessons.