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Irene Fountas

Irene C. Fountas is the Marie M. Clay Endowed Chair for Early Literacy and Reading Recovery at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative in the Graduate School of Education. She has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and consultant in school districts across the nation and abroad. She is the recipient of the International Literacy Association’s Diane Lapp & James Flood Professional Collaborator Award, and the Greater Boston Council and the International Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award. Currently, she works with administrators, coaches and teacher leaders in systemic school improvement.

Fountas and Pinnell's transformative, collective and comprehensive literacy work includes a cohesive classroom literacy system for grades PreK–6 (Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™), an intervention system for grades K–12 (Leveled Literacy Intervention), an assessment system (Benchmark Assessment System for grades K–8 and Sistema de evaluación de la lectura for grades K–3), an extensive professional book base, and professional learning opportunities. Fountas and Pinnell continue to influence and inspire educators nationwide and abroad with resources and books such as:

  • The Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Systems (2017, 2019, 2020)
  • The Reading Minilessons Books, Grades K–6 (2017, 2019, 2020)
  • Spanish Reader's Notebooks (2019)
  • Reader's Notebooks
  • Sing a Song of Poetry (2018, 2019)
  • The Literacy Quick Guide (2018)
  • Words That Sing: Poetry Charts, Grades PreK–2 (2018)
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum (2017)
  • Continuo de la lectoescritura, Grados PreK–8 (2020)
  • Continuo de la lectoescritura totalmente en español, Grados PreK–8 (2020)
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide (2017)
  • Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades, Second Edition (2017)
  • Fountas & Pinnell SELECT Collections
  • LLI Choice Libraries
  • Fountas & Pinnell Reading Record Apps
  • Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books (2012)
  • Genre Quick Guide, A Companion to Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books (2012)
  • Genre Prompting Guide for Fiction (2012)
  • Genre Prompting Guide for Nonfiction, Poetry, and Test Taking (2012)
  • Literacy Beginnings (2011)
  • Prompting Guide, Part 1 for Oral Reading and Early Writing (2008)
  • Prompting Guide, Part 2 for Comprehension: Thinking, Talking, Writing (2011)
  • When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works (2009)
  • Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing About Reading, K–8 (2006)
  • Leveled Books, K–8: Matching Texts to Readers for Effective Teaching (2005)
  • Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children (1996)
  • Guiding Readers and Writers: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy (2001)
  • Interactive Writing: How Language & Literacy Come Together, K–2 (2000)
  • Word Matters: Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom (1998)
  • Help America Read and Coordinator's Guide (1997)

While all the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ books, resources, and systems are deeply rooted in teacher professional learning, Irene and Gay, in collaboration with Heinemann Professional Development, offer a range of options and opportunities for professional learning designed to further develop the craft of teaching and foster a climate of collegiality and community.

Join the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Community to connect with Gay and Irene and thousands of educators from around the world on one of the fastest-growing online literacy communities. Continue the conversation on Twitter @FountasPinnell, on Instagram @FountasPinnell, on Facebook @FountasandPinnell or by joining The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Learning Facebook Group.


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