“Continued learning is essential if teachers are to accomplish their goals.”
—Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, Guided Reading, 1996
Each year, teachers and educators flock to the International Literacy Association (ILA) annual conference in an effort to continue their professional growth. This year, although ILA has a new name, the ultimate goal of the conference remains the same: “high-quality professional learning that's personally fulfilling for every educator and literacy leader.”
Visit Heinemann Booth #1633 to connect with the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team
We are looking forward to connecting with you, the educators in the field. It is the passion we hear in your stories and the energy you have for the craft of teaching that reinforces the value of the work we do here at Heinemann. Come say hello, tell us your story, or grab a cup of coffee from our on-site barista. We will be giving away limited edition Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ bags while supplies last. Only 250 will be given out on Saturday and Sunday so get to the Heinemann Booth #1633 early.*
Attend Their ILA Sessions
Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Decades of Guided Reading: The Romance and the Reality K-6
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
America’s Center, Room 130
In this session, Fountas and Pinnell will discuss the romance in guided reading. They will address the many important worldwide shifts in small-group instruction over the past two decades, including the selection of books to match readers to their instructional level, the development of school bookrooms, and the focus on small-group instruction. They will argue for continued refinement of teacher understandings to include going beyond the superficial parts of the lesson to the expert decision-making needed within the lesson to make guided reading powerful for diverse learners. A focus on the role of assessment and the role of facilitative talk that supports the reader's development of strategic actions will be included.
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Sunday, July 19th, 2015
From Urgency to Agency: Empower Struggling Readers by Implementing a High-Impact
Leveled Literacy Intervention in Middle/High School
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
America’s Center, Room 145
After years of failure, the roadblocks facing those at risk in grades 5–12 are undeniable, and the challenges facing teachers are very real. Participants will learn how to effectively and efficiently engage struggling adolescent readers with relevant, robust nonfiction and fiction texts, while implementing a high-impact instructional framework for small-group intervention in the middle/high school. Prevent the grave consequences of failure with the bold teaching moves needed to promote deep thinking, efficient word analysis, and fluent reading that will extend students’ reading power in all disciplines. View videos of the essential elements of instruction and management needed to propel students to a literate life. One session attendee will win a Leveled Literacy Intervention System, a prize package totaling up to $4,500. Must be present to win.
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Listen in on Twitter to an Invitation-Only event
Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Building Community Around Essential Literacy Experiences:
Talk, Text, Teaching – Together Toward a Literate Life
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Twitter: @FountasPinnell #FPLiteracy
Follow along on Twitter as Irene and Gay meet with a small group of educators during the ILA conference. Listen in as they discuss building a community of learners that empowers every teacher, every student, every day with high-impact teaching, high-quality texts, and highly engaging talk.
We look forward to connecting with you at ILA 2015 to honor the teaching craft and literacy learning that unite us in a common purpose – a literate life for all.
See you in St. Louis,
Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team