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Jhanae Wingfield, Ed.D. is the Director of Field Experiences and Instructor of Professional Practice in the Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University- Newark. Jhanae is a scholar, practitioner, and agent of change who has paid particular attention to early literacy practices of teachers in urban school settings. Dr. Wingfield began her career in education as a teacher, then an Educational Consultant with Teaching Matters before joining Rutgers University- Newark. She has had experience in public, private, and charter schools throughout the tri-state area. Her research interests include teacher preparation, early literacy, and urban schooling. Dr. Wingfield’s commitment to ensure that students in urban communities receive access to quality education and rich literature experiences extends to her role as a community leader. She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey, Orange Public Library and has developed and instructed summer programs for youth in urban communities. Dr. Wingfield holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in Reading/ Reading Specialist from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Dr. Wingfield also holds a Doctorate of Education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.