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Our Leadership

Reading Success by 4th Grade has established the importance of this academic milestone and continues to make progress towards the ambitious goal of all children reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, and there is much more work to be done.

The Springfield City Library was identified as the new community-based home for the Reading Success by 4th Grade initiative in March 2019, after previously being managed by The Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation since the initiative's launch in 2009.

Chrissy Howard
Reading Success by 4th Grade Manager
(413) 263-6828 ext. 202
Chrissy Howard was named Manager of Reading Success by 4th Grade in 2019, and brings with her a deep understanding of the work of the initiative. Most recently at Springfield Public Schools, Howard served as an Instructional Leadership Specialist in Literacy. She has also previously worked as a teacher, instructional coach, literacy leader and principal in Springfield and Worcester.
Howard earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Wheelock College; her Master’s in Education from Harvard University; and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) from Simmons University, focused on urban elementary education. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at UMass Amherst in the Language, Literacy and Culture program.
Howard is active in the community as a member of the board of the YWCA of Western Massachusetts and the Harvard Club of Western Massachusetts. She was part of BusinessWest’s 40 Under 40 class of 2018, and is also a recipient of the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Howard resides in Springfield with her husband, Geoff, and their two young daughters.

Leadership Advisory Committee

The leadership and accountability for this work cannot sit solely at the Library. The community as a whole must embrace and own this goal and commit to holding all of us accountable for its success.

The Leadership Advisory Committee, which was created in 2014, engages a diverse group of leaders in the community who work to increase the number and strength of powerful voices for children in Springfield.