Jan LaBonty

Mailing Address:

  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I)
  • 32 Campus Drive
  • Missoula, MT 59812


• PhD, Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
• MEd, Elementary Education, K-12 Literacy Endorsement, Northern Montana College, Havre, Montana
• BA, Elementary Education,The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

Areas of Specialization

Elementary Reading
Language Arts

Public School Teaching Experience

• Highland Park Elementary School; Havre Montana; Grades 2 and 3; four years
• Ely Elementary School; Ely, Nevada; Grade 3; two years
• Swan Lake Elementary School; Swan Lake, Montana; Grades 1-3; one year

Current Projects

Grant Activity

Project LETTERS (Literacy Education and Teacher Training for Excellent Reservation Schools), $3m TQE Grant, US Department of Education, 2007-2010: Co-PI, 2010-2012: PI


Scholarly Publications: An Evocative Sampling

Golbeck, A., LaBonty, J., Pascha, A., Harris, M., Ryan, K., & Molgaard, C.  (2010). Promoting Health literacy through GED testing.  Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, 4(1), 13-23.
Danielson, K., & LaBonty, J.  (2009).  Reading and responding to children’s books about bullying.  Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, 49(1), 31-38.
LaBonty, J., & Reynolds, J.  (2009).  Tips for parents, caregivers, and educators.  Newark, NJ:  IRA www.reading.org
LaBonty, J.  (2008). Loss of innocence:  Holocaust literature for young readers.  In Paths to teaching the Holocaust.  Rotterdam, Netherlands:  Sense Publications.  (pp. 31-50).
LaBonty, J.,  Williams, S.  (2008).  Partnering peanuts and word processors for research writing in the middle grades. Middle School Journal, 39(4), 20-29.
LaBonty, J., & Borth, L.  (2006).  El elefante y la homiga:  Writing poetry in foreign language classes.  The Northeast Conference on Teaching Foreign                    Language Review, 58, 25-36.
LaBonty, J. (Fall 2006).  Children’s Book Recommendations. www.greatschools.net Your First Grade Reader.
LaBonty, J., & Danielson, K.  (2004). Writing poems to gain deeper meaning in Science.  The Middle School Journal, 36(5), 30-36.
LaBonty, J.  (2000). Children’s reactions to illustrations in two Chinese folktales.  Journal of Reading Education, 24, 16-21.
LaBonty, J.  (1998). Ghosts of the past: Character journals from the Titanic.  Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy,41(7), 565-566.
LaBonty, J.  (1998). I ruined my daughter’s life.  The Reading Teacher, 51(4), 345.
LaBonty, J.  (1995). A demand for excellence in books for children.  Journal of American Indian Education, 34, 1-9.

Recent Scholarly Presentations

“The Community is our classroom:  Service learning in college classes,” Tenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, June 2012,                Montreal, Quebec.
“Not just dead guys:  Teaching biography and autobiography to children,” International Reading Association, May 2012, Chicago, IL.
“Children’s Literature and War,” International Reading Association, May 2011, Orlando, FL.
“Children’s literature and character education,” International Reading Association, May, 2010, Chicago, IL.
“Professional Grammar,”  Project LETTERS, April, 2010, The University of Montana.
“Supporting literacy through service learning projects,”  International Reading Association, May, 2009, Minneapolis, MN.
“Using book clubs to focus on Holocaust literature,”  American Association of College Teacher Educators, February, 2008, New Orleans, LA.
“Language acquisition,”  Montana Association for the Education of Young Children, April, 2007, Missoula, MT.
“Motivating reluctant readers with non-fiction,”  International Reading Association, May, 2007, Toronto, ON.
“Writing poetry with non-fiction Children’s Choice books,”  International Reading Association, May, 2006, Chicago, IL.
“Using literature to diffuse bullying and aggression,”  International Reading Association, May, 2006, Chicago, IL.
“Evaluating multicultural Children’s Literature,”  Indian Education for All Montanans Institute, Missoula, MT, June 2005, June 2006