Series: Interview - Annie Ward

Interview - Annie Ward

Assistant Superintendent Annie Ward and her colleagues in Mamaroneck, NY have significantly reduced the number of students reading below proficiency with a combination of teacher skills, principal action, and central office structural support. These are gains that have endured even through the pandemic. The key is finding books for each reader to enthrall, delight, and engage. 

Watch Jon Saphier's interview with Annie Ward as they explore the specific steps to take to provide students with access, choice and time in order to increase their reading volume and ultimately, their reading success.

In this series:

1. Full Interview: Annie Ward

This hour-long interview covers the steps to take to ensure that each and every student has the access, choice, and time needed to increase their reading volume and ultimately, their reading success.

2. Part 1 - Annie Ward: Access + Choice + Time = Volume

Annie Ward describes the equation of access, time and choice leading to increased reading volume - a key to success for striving readers.

3. Part 2 - Annie Ward: Change the Book, Change the Reader

Annie Ward discusses the importance of relationship building to making the right match between reader and book.

4. Part 3 - Annie Ward: Rewiring Misconceptions

Annie Ward takes on the notion that some literary structures are better than others.

5. Part 4 - Annie Ward: De Facto Book Droughts for Striving Readers

Annie explains that even when a classroom library appears to be well stocked, there may be a dearth of options for those well below grade level.

6. Part 5 - Annie Ward: Eliminating Summer Reading Loss

Annie Ward shares how Mamaroneck tackled the issue of summer reading loss by ensuring easy access to books.

7. Part 6 - Annie Ward: Engaging Our Middle and High School Readers

Starting with high-interest books middle and secondary readers can climb the reading ladder to success.

8. Part 7 - Annie Ward: Inducting Teachers and Curating Libraries

New teachers inherit carefully curated libraries through a deliberate classroom library succession plan.