Paradoxes & Praxis: The 21st Century Imperative for Educational Foundations

Jennifer Jennings Davis

Jennifer Jennings Davis is the Director of Western Arkansas Education Renewal Zone through the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts Education and a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration. Currently, Davis is a Ph.D. Candidate for Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas.

Jennings Davis is working on integrating art with reading and math through her Renewal Zone project. As the director of the project, she works closely with elementary, middle, and high schools as well as university faculty members to develop a format to implement the arts into core subjects. In addition, she has created the “Adopt-A-Classroom” program where a university faculty member works with an area teacher to develop positive relationships and quality course content. Jennings Davis’ work focuses on “building relationships” (Bernet, para. 7, 2014). Jennings Davis’ research focuses on media, core content, and factors that influence teacher job satisfaction. She usually works with other scholars during research to better the education field for students and teachers, both in and out of her community.

Endacott, J. L., Collet, V., Goering, C. Z., Turner, R., Denny, G. S., Wright, G., & Jennings-Davis, J. (2016). On the frontline of CCSS implementation: A national study of factors influencing teachers’ perceptions of teaching conditions and job satisfaction. Cogent Education, 3(1), 1162997.

Goering, C. Z., Witte, S., Jennings Davis, J., Ward, P., Flammang, B., & Gerhardson, A. (2015). The “Hollywoodization” of Education Reform in Won't Back Down. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 12(3), 205-222.

Matlock, K. L., Goering, C. Z., Endacott, J., Collet, V. S., Denny, G. S., Jennings-Davis, J., & Wright, G. P. (2016). Teachers’ views of the Common Core State Standards and its implementation. Educational Review, 68(3), 291-305.


Bernet, B. (2014, May 18). Professor integrates art with reading and math. Washington Times. reading-and-math/