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Summer Clark

Associate Professor

Faculty member Summer Clark, headshot

Dr. Clark is passionate about re-envisioning the classroom as a community grounded in equity, caring, and wonder.

During her thirteen years of teaching prior to joining Lesley, her students awakened and inspired her in ways she would have never before imagined. Her K-12 students in Mississippi, Atlanta, Morocco, DC, and Baltimore, and her hundreds of college and graduate students in Maryland taught her the power and complexities in constructing classroom communities. Today Dr. Clark continues to illuminate what transformative literacy teaching might be through collaborative action-oriented research. She explores the possibilities for education as a process of awakening and social action.

Dr. Clark has a M.Ed. from University of Mississippi, Ed.S. from University of Georgia, and Ph.D. from University of Maryland, College Park. 


Clark, S. (2017, October 24). Parenting Inspiration from Kazu Kibuishi [Article published on official Horn Book Website]. Retrieved from The Horn Book Family Reading blog: http://www.hbook.com/2017/10/blogs/family-reading/parenting-inspiration-kazu-kibuishi-graphic-novelists-mice-expo/#_

Parenting inspiration from Kazu Kibuishi and other graphic ...


“What is the hardest character for you to draw?” my second-grade son, Miles, asked Kazu Kibuishi, author and illustrator of his favorite graphic novels series ...

Clark, S. (2017, June 28). Raising a Feminist. [Article Published on Official Horn Book Website]. Retrieved from The Horn Book Family Reading blog: http://www.hbook.com/2017/06/blogs/family-reading/raising-a-feminist/#_

Raising a feminist — The Horn Book


I had a feminist awakening in my early twenties, and since then I’ve become passionate about analyzing female characters in books and films with a critical eye.

Clark, S. (September 2017). What my first grader taught me about learning to read. The Horn Book Magazine. pp. 42-46. Also published online: http://www.hbook.com/2017/08/choosing-books/horn-book-magazine/books-in-the-home-what-my-first-grader-taught-me-about-reading/

Books in the Home: What My First Grader Taught Me About ...


What does it mean to learn to read? As a former first-grade teacher and a professor of literacy education, I have constructed plenty of answers over the years. But ...

Gine, R. & Clark, S. (2017). Promoting critical math literacy through the novel, An Abundance of Katherines. In Greathouse, P., Eisenbach. B. & Kaywell, J., Eds. Adolescent Literature as a Complement to the Content Areas. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield.

Enriquez, G., Clark, S., & Della Calce, J. (2017). Using children’s literature for dynamic learning frames and growth mindsets. The Reading Teacher, 70, 6, pp. 711-719

Eisenbach, B., Clark, S., & Gooden, A. (September, 2016). Cultivating connections with diverse families. Association for Middle Level Education Magazine. Westerville, OH: Association for Middle Level Education.

Afflerbach, P. & Clark, S. (2011). Diversity and English Language Arts assessment.

In Lapp, D. & Fisher, D. (Eds.), The Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts. NY: Routledge.

Brown, T., Clark S., & Bridges, T. (2011). Youth teaching teachers: Bridging racial and cultural divides between teachers and students. In Hughes, S. & Berry, T. (Eds.), The Evolving Significance of Race. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Afflerbach, P., Cho, B.-Y., Clark, S., & Kim, J.-Y. (2010). Classroom assessment of literacy. In D. Wyse, R. Andrews, & J. Hoffman (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of English, language and Literacy Teaching (pp. 401-412). London: Routledge.


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