Jill M. Pentimonti is a principal researcher with expertise in language and literacy instruction, early childhood development, intervention research, and quantitative methods. Dr. Pentimonti serves as principal investigator on a measurement grant from Institutes for Education Sciences, "The Development and Validation of the Systematic Assessment of Book Reading." Dr. Pentimonti also serves as the knowledge utilization service area lead for the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI). Her work on NCSI includes professional development activities, trainings and development of resources to support state and local education agencies in selecting and using evidence-based practices.
In addition, Dr. Pentimonti serves as the coordinator for knowledge development for the National Center on Intensive Intervention. In this role, she manages and oversees activities related to developing and synthesizing knowledge on intensive interventions. Finally, she is project lead for the Delaware Early Literacy Initiative, which provides support to districts in Delaware in implementation of evidence-based language and literacy practices through professional development and coaching.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Pentimonti was a research scientist at The Ohio State University (OSU). At OSU she worked as co-investigator on a large scale randomized control trial examining the impacts associated with implementing an early literacy program in early childhood special education classrooms. She also served as co-investigator on a longitudinal study of 1,200 children focused on reading comprehension development. Additionally, Dr. Pentimonti has taught university coursework at OSU for both pre- and in-service teachers in graduate education programs.
Prior to her experience at AIR and at OSU, Dr. Pentimonti worked as a Kindergarten teacher in the Chicago Public School system and a pre-Kindergarten teacher in Washington D.C. at an early childhood center for hearing impaired children.