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Mary McMackin

Professor Emerita

Mary McMackim

Mary C. McMackin is a Lesley professor emerita, having taught for many years in the Language and Literacy Division of the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University. Mary has co-authored eight books for K-8 teachers and has published several articles. She is on the board of the Massachusetts Reading Association and Phi Delta Kappa (PDK-Harvard University Chapter). Mary has spoken at conferences across the United States and works regularly with elementary and middle school teachers. She is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educator's (MACURE) Celebrate Literacy Award, which recognizes organizations, institutions, or individuals who have contributed to the field of literacy.


BS, Boston State College
M.Ed., Boston State College
EdD, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Selected Publications

  • McMackin, M.C., Rauchwerk, S., Cambone, J., Curtis, M.E., Andrusik, K., & Brown, D. N. (2013). Preparing urban teachers: Working outside the university box. Kappan, 94(7), p. 24.
  • Bogard, J.M. & McMackin, M.C. (2012). Combining traditional and New Literacies in a 21st-Century writer's workshop. The Reading Teacher, 65(5), 313-323.
  • McMackin, M.C. & Witherell, N.L. (2011). Making the Most of New, Notable Children's Literature: Graphic Organizers and Differentiated Instruction for Reading and Writing (1-3). Presentation at the International Reading Association Convention, Orlando, FL.
  • Allan, K. K., McMackin, M. C., Dawes, E. T., & Spadorcia, S. A. (April, 2009). Learning to write with purpose: Effective instruction in grades 4-8. New York: Guilford.
  • Witherell, N., L. & McMackin, M. C. (April, 2009). Teaching reading: Differentiated instruction with leveled graphic organizers (Grades 1-3). New York: Scholastic.
  • Witherell, N. L., & McMackin, M. C. (April, 2009). Teaching vocabulary: Differentiated instruction with leveled graphic organizers (Grades 1-3). New York: Scholastic.
  • McMackin, M. C., & Witherell, N. L. (2005). Different routes to the same destination: Drawing conclusions with tiered graphic organizers. The Reading Teacher, 59(3).