David researches and teaches in literacy and children’s literature in education, particularly reading and writing connections. Born in Montreal, Quebec and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, David was a classroom teacher for eleven years in schools with highly diverse populations. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in 2008. Before coming to Lewis & Clark David was an integral faculty member of the Graduate School of Education at Willamette University for two years where he began research on digital literacy. David is also a children’s author and currently is the northwest team leader for the International Reading Association’s Children’s Choice Awards.
Teaching is a reciprocal process. There is a constant sense of support among learners on a continuum of learning. I like to use a lot of activity-based discussion (readers’ theater for example) as we gain so much from thinking out loud and putting into immediate practice the theories we have read.
Areas of Expertise
Literacy, Elementary Education, Children’s Literature, Reading and Writing, Connections, the Arts in Education, New Literacies
David is currently working on an investigation of digital literacy and the achievement gap in reading. The focus of the study is to observe out of school literacy practices and the use of digital literacy tools. David is also exploring theory and practice in mentorship of reading and writing connections between writers and readers of texts.
- Ward, D. (in press). Unlikely Heroes and the Lure of Fantasy: An author’s perspective. The Dragon Lode (International Reading Association).
- Ward, D. (December, 2009). Infusions of Power: Writing, reading, and children’s voices. Oregon English Journal.
- Ward, D. (2008). Sojourners of the StoryWorld: Research on Readers and Writers.Canadian Children. 33 (1) 17-22.
- Ward, D. (2006). “Indefinable Stirrings and Longings”: Research on student letters to authors. English Journal. 95 (3) 49-55.
- Ward, D. (2006).Writing Back: Authors affirming the next generation of young writers. Teacher-Librarian. 33 (1) 39-41. (Reprinted from Alberta Voices, pp., 2005, 4, (1), and School Libraries in Canada, pp 25, 1).
Ph.D. 2008, M.Ed. 2000, B.Ed. 1992 University of British Columbia, B.Ed. 1990 Trinity Western University
From the Newsroom
David Ward, assistant professor of education, has written three new articles connected to his studies on children’s interactions with reading and writing formats, traditional and virtual.
Professor David Ward and David Pryor Ed.D. ‘12 explore the evolving research on e-readers in schoolsA professor and alum explore the evolving research on e-readers in schools.
David Ward not only teaches children’s literature—he writes it. Now one of his books has been honored in Canada, Ward’s home country.
New math standards for K-2 students are rolling out in schools across the nation. In a new article, professors Griffin and Ward explain why they’re important and how teachers can build on them.