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Fostering Independence and the Progression Of Literacy Development

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As authors Lindsey Moses and Meridith Ogden point out in their book What are the Rest of my Kids Doing?” Fostering Independence in the K—2 Reading Workshop, there are a variety of ways to discuss the stages of literacy development. Fountas and Pinnell (2011) developed a continuum of literacy learning with corresponding leveled text. Others use Lexile levels, Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) levels, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) scores, grade-level expectations, or various norm-referenced assessments. Although Moses and Ogden assess reading performance of young learners using these tools, they note that a more general understanding of literacy progression helps to inform decisions made about developmentally appropriate practice. The National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and International Reading Association (IRA) identify phases in a continuum of early reading and writing (1998).

Moses and Ogden note that, IRA and NAEYC recommend effective reading instruction for kindergarten and primary grades that includes but is not limited to the following:

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Multi-Day Summer Institutes Developed by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

Heinemann Institutes are a powerful way to extend your professional learning and deepen your understanding of leading Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ resources. Over the span of two or more days, our institutes, developed by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, will provide you with an interactive and comprehensive study of Leveled Literacy Intervention and our new Fountas and Pinnell Classroom™ systems. When each day’s sessions are over, you can enjoy a night on the town in some of the best places to visit in the country, with colleagues who have joined you and new friends you’ve made during the day.

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The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition Twitter Chat

ContinChat-1080x1080Irene Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell hosted their monthly Twitter chat on Thursday, March 31st at 8pm eastern. They focused the conversation on The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition due out fall 2016. Below is a transcript of the chat with details about the new expanded edition.  

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Fountas and Pinnell Text Levels: Tool or Trouble Chat Recap


On Thursday night (10/29/15), Heinemann authors Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell hosted their monthly Twitter chat on the topic of: The F&P Text Level Gradient™ – Tool or Trouble?

Below is a highlight of some of the topics discussed throughout the evening. The topic was so popular that they plan to focus on this topic again in the next chat. If you have a question you’d like the authors to address tweet them using their handle @FountasPinnell, using the hashtag #FPLiteracy, or you can email them at FountasandPinnell@heinemann.com.


Fountas & Pinnell Literacy at ILA 2015


“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,

Stephanie Tucker
Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team