Mary Ann teaches in the graduate literacy and specialist teacher of reading programs. She is passionate about providing children and young adults with authentic reading, writing, listening, and speaking opportunities in and outside of the classroom. She spent over a decade teaching language arts and the humanities in public schools in New York and New England. In her literacy courses at Lesley, Mary Ann transforms theory into practice, asking teachers to engage deeply with content, examine pedagogical choices, and consider a range of perspectives.
Her research interests include teaching with children’s literature, particularly nonfiction/informational text; the production of school knowledge; the history of children’s and young adult literature; the role of multimodal texts as scaffolds for comprehension; and critical literacy. In collaboration with Lesley colleague and coauthor Erika Thulin Dawes, Mary Ann has created instructional models for strategically organizing children’s and young adult literature of all genres, along with multimodal digital texts, at the center of inquiry-based curriculum in language arts and the content areas in Teaching with Text Sets (Shell, 2012).
She is also the coauthor of Teaching to Complexity: An Evaluation Framework for Literary and Content-Area Texts (Shell, 2013), blogs at “The Classroom Bookshelf,” a School Library Journal blog, and chairs the National Council of Teachers of English Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Committee through 2018.
Mary Ann presents regionally and nationally, partners with museums and libraries, has appeared on public radio and consults with public television. She also coordinates Lesley’s Collaborative Internship Program, a public and private residency-based partnership for preservice teachers now in its fifth decade.
BA, Haverford College
MA and Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University