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Mary Howard’s Books


Each book is solidly packed with engaging literacy strategies backed by current research. A wide variety of strategies allow teachers to pick and choose those most appropriate for each classroom setting, with step-by-step descriptions of each strategy as well as numerous graphic organizers. Permission is given to duplicate student organizers for classroom use with the purchase of a book.


Scroll down for a list of Mary’s books.

Moving Forward with RTI: Reading & Writing Activities for Every Instructional Setting & Tier (Heinemann, 2010)

Now Available!

Good to Great Teaching (Heinemann, 2012)

from Heinemann Publishing

In this valuable resource for teachers, Mary Howard shares a step-by-step process for focusing on the literacy work that matters in any effective literacy design—including schools implementing the Common Core State Standards and an RTI model—to identify good work, to celebrate great work, and to accommodate high quality literacy practices.

Throughout Good to Great Teaching, Mary describes spotlight teachers who will guide you through a process of evaluating, adjusting, and elevating your teaching. Personal reflection tools are included to help you alleviate anything that deters your efforts to accomplish what you already do well and move your teaching to even higher levels. Mary will take you into real classrooms where practical ideas rooted in best practice offer a clear understanding of what great work can feel like, look like, and sound like.

As you work through this reflective process on your own or with colleagues, you will:

  • build a common understanding of the quality of great work
  • generate vision statements and overarching goals to guide your literacy design
  • identify how to sustain great work to keep the momentum going.

No matter where you are in your teaching career, the real key to great work is what you bring to the table. Let Mary lead you as you move from good to great teaching so you can focus on the literacy work that really matters.

“We often talk about the importance of, and benefits of focused intentional teaching. Mary Howard is not only the champion of such instruction, but she coaches the rest of us, breaking it down so we can all do great work that truly matters.”

—Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (the Sisters), authors of The Daily Five

Moving Forward with RTI: Reading & Writing Activities for Every Instructional Setting & Tier (Heinemann, 2010)

Moving Forward with RTI: Reading & Writing Activities for Every Instructional Setting & Tier (Heinemann, 2010)

Available for purchase from Heinemann Publishing

In her first book, RTI from All Sides, Mary Howard alerted teachers to the merits and potential missteps of Response to Intervention. In this follow-up guide, Mary provides teachers with the flexible literacy activities they need to move ahead with RTI and implement effective differentiated instruction in a variety of settings—including whole-group, guided practice, small-group, partner work, and independent learning. Through these instructional and reinforcement activities teachers gain the freedom to work with small groups of students and the confidence that all their students are on-task with meaningful, high-level work.

“We can’t warehouse students with decontextualized worksheets that promote passive learning and waste valuable time,” Mary explains. “I developed response forms as a vehicle for thinking using teacher modeling, partner work, and collaboration that revolves around rich dialogue. These concrete tools are deeply rooted in research-based reading, writing, and discussion practices that serve as a springboard for learning.” Each form and assessment sheet is carefully designed to cultivate daily rituals that introduce and support new learning while creating opportunities to promote student independence, encourage personal accountability, build long-term word knowledge, and make reading more purposeful and thoughtful. While ideal for tier 1 classroom instruction, these forms can be easily adjusted for tiers 2 and 3 when more intensity and teacher support is needed.

Building on her long-held belief that the key to RTI success is knowledgeable and empowered teachers, Mary Howard’s Moving Forward with RTI is designed to help you manage your class using a variety of interactive teaching and learning tools within and beyond the literacy block.

“If you’re a teacher trying to incorporate RTI into your day-to-day classroom practices, but you don’t quite know how to manage it, then this book will be a cherished, well-guarded resource you’ll want to chain to your desk.”

—Sharon Taberski

RTI from All Sides: What Every Teacher Needs to Know by Dr. Mary Howard

RTI from All Sides: What Every Teacher Needs to Know (Heinemann, 2009)

Available for purchase from Heinemann Publishing

Response to Intervention (RTI) is here, but what do teachers need to know about it? As Mary Howard investigated that question, she was surprised: the more she knew about it, the more this “teacher’s teacher” was excited by it. That’s because RTI promises to use the great teaching you know to catch readers before they falter. With RTI from All Sides, she shows how to make RTI live up to its promise.

In RTI from All Sides, Howard points the way toward thoughtful and effective RTI—and away from potentially dangerous, rigid implementations. She offers suggestions for instructional design, collaboration, and troubleshooting—even for avoiding mediocre RTI products. Most important, she demonstrates how to apply the principles you trust to RTI:

  • teaching reading and writing in authentic ways to help students choose just-right books that set them up to read in and out of school
  • using simple, ongoing assessments to know when to intensify instruction inside and outside the regular classroom
  • differentiating reading instruction to maintain the flow between whole-class, small-group, and one-on-one instruction while meeting specific students’ needs
  • designing interventions to amplify instruction instead of sidelining students to skill-and-drill that takes them further from engaged, proficient reading
  • coordinating efforts within and between instructional supports to emphasize acceleration through the targeted instruction students need to succeed.

In addition, Howard includes helpful questions that lead book study groups to a better understanding of RTI, its structure, its implementation, and its daily application.

RTI has the potential to return instructional decision-making to teachers and to galvanize schools to design effective practices for helping all readers achieve—especially those who struggle. Read RTI from All Sides and get the information you need to create a safety net that can save struggling readers before the learning gap widens forever.

“This book is desperately needed in districts and state departments everywhere. It is loaded with interventions that are right for kids and right for the educators who serve them. It profiles RTI as a framework for increasing intentional instruction…keeping the emphasis on knowledgeable educators rather than “programs.” If this book could become a prerequisite to implementation, I fully believe that the goals of RTI may well be realized.”

—Linda Hoyt, Author of Revisit, Reflect, Retell, Updated Edition