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Summer Book Club

“Teachers must have easy access to what they need, when they need it, because in the life of a reader the right book at the right time makes all the difference.”


Clare Landrigan is a staff developer who is still a teacher at heart. She began her career twenty-eight years ago teaching in an integrated first and second-grade classroom at the Eliot Pearson Children’s School in Medford, MA. She then spent four years as an educational consultant and adjunct lecturer for Tufts University in the Center for Applied Development. Her next professional home was Wayland, Massachusetts, as the co-director of curriculum for English Language Arts.


Clare is now a staff developer and spends her days partnering with school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy. She believes that effective professional development includes side by side teaching; analysis of student work; mutual trust; respect; and a good dose of laughter. In addition, she speaks to teachers across the country about the power of formative assessment, book access, and centering students in developing their literacy lives. She believes in purpose, agency, and inquiry in schools for literacy leaders, educators and students.


Clare is the co-author of, It's All About the Books published by Heinemann and Assessment in Perspective, published by Stenhouse.  She blogs about books and the art of teaching on her website


In 2018, Clare wanted to impact the lives of teachers and students directly so she donated all her author royalties to the Book Love Foundation to create grant opportunities for elementary teachers. She oversees the elementary grant process and mentors the elementary winners. In 2020, Clare joined the board of directors for the foundation and organizes the annual Summer Book Club. This role is perfect for her as it unites teachers talking about books with our major fundraiser for our classroom library grants. Book love supporting book access – what could be better than that!

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