NCATE - The Standard of Excellence in Teacher Preperation Special Education Teacher with students Mckee Hall at the University of Northern Colorado

Jennifer Urbach, Ph.D.

Jennifer UrbachAssociate Professor of Special Education

School of Special Education
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639

Office: (970)-351-2691


Research Interests and Specializations

Best Practices of Quality Special Education Teachers, Beginning Special Education Teachers Knowledge and Practices, Learning Strategies, Culturally Responsive Instruction, Scientifically-Based Reading Instruction


  • Ph.D. University of Colorado, 2006, Instruction and Curriculum in the Content Areas- Literacy
  • M.A. University of Indiana,1994, Special Education
  • B.A. Saint Mary’s College, 1991, Elementary Education

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Book Chapters

  • Urbach, J. & Klingner, J. K. (2012).  The storytelling playground: Expanding the definition of literacy through storytelling. In Dudley, C. & Michaels, S. (Eds.).  High-expectation curricula: Helping all students succeed with powerful learning. New York: Teachers College Press.


  • Brownell, M. T., Lauterbach, A. A.,  Dingle, M., Boardman, A., Urbach, J., Leko, M. & Park, Y. & Benedict, A. (In Press).  Individual and contextual factors influencing  special  education teacher learning in Literacy Learning Cohorts.  Learning Disability Quarterly.
  • Urbach, J. & Eckhoff, A. (2012). Release the dragon: The role of popular culture in children’s stories. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood.13 (1), 27-37.
  • Luckner, J. L.  & Urbach, J (2012).  Reading fluency and students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Synthesis of the research. Communication Disorders Quarterly 33(4),230-241.  doi: 10.1177/1525740111412582
  • Urbach, J. (2012). Beyond story grammar: Looking at stories through cultural lenses. Education and Urban Society. 44(4), 392-411. doi:10.1177/0013124510392567 
  • Klingner, J., Urbach, J. &  Golos, D., Brownell, M. & Menon, S. (2010). Teaching reading in the 21st century: A glimpse at how special education teachers promote reading. Learning Disabilities Quarterly, 33(2), 59-74.


  • Urbach, J., Boardman, A., Osipova, A. Dingle, M., Brownell, M., & Haager, D. (2013, May).  Substantive sustainability: Why some teachers make deep and lasting change in professional development.  American Education Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Urbach, J., Osipova, A., Dingle, M. & Boardman, A. (2012, April). Moving beyond professional development: The spread and sustainability of evidence based practices. Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.
  • Boardman, A., Urbach, J. & Prichard, B. (2011, February). Developing Reflection through Videos and Coaching Sessions. Pacific Coast Research Conference, Coronado, CA.
  • Urbach, J. & Eckhoff, A. (2010, May).  Release the Dragon: The Role of Popular Culture in Children’s Stories. American Education Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Brownell, M. Lauterbach, A. Dingle, M., Boardman, A., Leko, M. & Urbach, J. (2010, May). Individual and Contextual Factors Influencing Special Education Teacher  Learning in Literacy Learning Cohorts.  American Education Research Association, Denver, CO.


  • Learning Literacy Cohort Project.  Consultant (2009-2011), University of Colorado.