Susannah Richards, PhD

Susannah Richards, PhD, is on the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University where she teaches courses in reading and language arts. She specializes in creating environments for highly able readers and writers. She has a strong background in content area literacy and differentiation strategies for integrating English Language Arts instruction to create high-level science and social studies curriculum. Her areas of expertise include literacy, literature and strategies to support the Schoolwide Enrichment Model-Reading, books for highly able students, and integrating technology to meet the needs of all students. She was on the 2013 John Newbery Award Committee, 2013 Geisel Award Committee, 2018 inaugural Excellence in Graphic Literature for Children Committee, and other state and national award committees. She regularly reviews and presents on books for youth at international, national, state, and local conferences including NAGC, ALA, ILA, NCTE, AASL, NCSS and NSTA.

After 11 years of teaching in public and private schools, she completed a PhD at the University of Connecticut where she studied and implemented curriculum differentiation strategies in reading language arts and the content areas. She has worked as curriculum consultant and professional development provider with large and small diverse urban, suburban and rural school districts in California, Oregon, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois, Florida, Rhode Island, and more. She writes a column for Teaching for High Potential for NAGC. Recently she has been working with educators in Florida to escalate their literacy instruction and increase students' literacy as readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SussingOutBooks.

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