Prior to her current position at Temple, Dr. Kristina Najera served as an elementary school teacher and teacher leader for nine years in Maryland and Connecticut. Additionally, she worked as an educational consultant and elementary literacy coach for an educational publisher in California where she provided professional development training in reading instruction to in-service teachers. Most recently, she served as a research associate at RMC Research Corporation in Arlington, VA, as part of the National Reading First Technical Assistance Center (NRFTAC). Kristina has developed expertise in literacy, in-service teacher training and professional development, and pre-service teacher preparation. Her research interests include writing and technology, text discussion approaches, active engagement strategies, and effective instructional strategies. She has presented on topics related to scientifically-based reading instruction, effective instructional practices to enhance core instruction, sustaining evidence-based reading practices, and effective instructional leadership of evidence-based school-wide reading models. Additionally, she assisted in the development of nationally disseminated resources to support effective scientifically-based reading practices.

Research Interests

  • Instructional Practices
  • Literacy
  • School/Teacher Effectiveness

Courses Taught




EDUC 2087

School-Based Community Service


Selected Publications

  • Walpole, S., Najera,, K., & Najera, K. (2014). Improving the School Reading Program: A New Call for Collaboration. In B. Taylor & N. Duke (Eds.), Handbook of Effective Literacy Instruction Research-Based Practice K-8. New York: Guilford Publications.