Teachers College, Columbia University MA, M.Ed., Ed.D
Smith College, A.B.
Areas of Expertise:
Children's Literature, Nonfiction, Literacy
Courses I Teach:
- Digging Down to the Roots : The Meaning of Gardens (first-year seminar)
Literature for Children and Adolescents,
Making Meaning: Content Area Literacy
Student Teaching Seminar
Nonfiction in the Elementary Classroom (Graduate)
Bang-Jensen, V. (2016). Welcome to the Word Garden: Composing a Curriculum that rocks. New England Reading Association Journal. Spring 2016. NERA.
Bang-Jensen, V. (2016). A play on words. Public Gardens. February 2016.
American Public Gardens Association.
Bang-Jensen, V. & Lubkowitz, M. (2014). Books in bloom: Discovering the plant biology in great children’s literature. National Gardening Association.
Bang-Jensen, V. (2014). Books in Bloom: Flowers as cultural, historical, and aesthetic themes in picture books. The Dragon Lode,32 (2). International Reading Association. 65-67.
Bang-Jensen, V. (2014). Leaving no stone unturned: An interview with nonfiction powerhouse
Tanya Lee Stone. Book Links. September 2014 issue.
Bang-Jensen, V. (2013). How to read a garden: Creating signage grows critical readers and
audience-savvy writers. New England Reading Association Journal. Fall 2013. NERA.
Bang-Jensen, V. (2012b). Give us a sign! Third graders interpret their school garden. Legacy (July/August 2012); National Association of Interpretation. 22-25.
Bang-Jensen, V. (2012a). Reading a garden. In “Strong Readers All,” Educational Leadership (June, 2012). http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/jun12/vol69/num09/Reading-a-Garden.aspx
Bang-Jensen, V. (2010). A Children’s Choice Program: Insights into Book Selection, Social
Relationships, and Reader Identity. Language Arts, 87 (3). 169-176. National Council of Teachers of
Recent Conference Presentations:
“Reading a Garden: Discovering Plant Biology in Great Children’s Literature,” National Children and Youth Garden Symposium, American Horticultural Society. Austin, TX. July 10, 2015. With Mark Lubkowitz.
“Books in Bloom: Integrating Children’s Literature and Plant Biology,” National Council of Teachers of English. Boston, MA. November 23, 2013. With Mark Lubkowitz.
“Interpretive Literary Gardens” National Children and Youth Garden Symposium—American Horticultural Society. Denver, CO. July 11, 2013. With Mark Lubkowitz.
“How to read a garden: A framework for school garden-literacy connections based on visual elements of non-fiction, interpretive signage, and gardens as text.” National Council of Teachers of English, Chicago, Illinois. November 17, 2011.
"Digging Into Books: Integrating and creating school science and literacy programs." National Science Teachers Association Conference, San Francisco, CA March 10, 2011. With Mark Lubkowitz. Student presenters: Courtney Smith,’12, and Sara Williams, ‘12
Recent Invited Presentations:
“Books in Bloom: Read your way to a summer garden.” In session: STEM Programming at your local library. May 20, 2014. Vermont Library Association Conference. Saint Michael’s College. With Mark Lubkowitz.
“Stories and Seeds: How great children’s literature invites scientific understanding.”Vermont State Department of Education Kindergarten Conference. Burlington, VT. March 28, 2014. With Mark Lubkowitz.
“Embracing Complexity: Merging biological and literary lenses for a richer picture.” Current Topics in Science Speaker Series. Johnson State College, Johnson, VT. December 11, 2013. With Mark Lubkowitz.
“Books in Bloom: Inviting children to develop biological and literary lenses to create rich understandings of their world.” Captain Planet Learning Gardens Conference, plenary speakers. Acworth, Georgia. October, 2013. With Mark Lubkowitz.
“Books and Gardens: Digging Deep.” Vermont State Department of Libraries Dorothy Canfield Fisher Conference, Stowe, VT. May 4, 2012. With Mark Lubkowitz.
“Books in Bloom: Connecting Literature and Botany.” Vermont State Department of Education Kindergarten Conference, Burlington, VT. March 30, 2012. With Mark Lubkowitz.