Marie Clay

A Lifelong Dedication to Literacy

From her revolutionary dissertation “Emergent Reading Behaviors” in 1966 to nationally and internationally acclaimed 2005 books, Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals, throughout her years as a cognitive psychologist, university professor, teacher, Marie M. Clay conducted research to better understand how children think and learn and how to effectively teach struggling students to read and write. Throughout her life, Marie read widely, listened carefully, and closely observed children and teachers at work. Because of her acquaintance with so many fields of study, she enabled us to enter the worlds of literacy, language, psychology, neuroscience, and education.

-Carol Lyons

These resources have been collected to share the life, history, work and influence of Marie Clay on early literacy education and Reading Recovery:

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Spring 2023