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Irene Fountas

Irene C. Fountas, a professor in the School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and consultant in school districts across the nation and abroad. She works extensively in the literacy education field and directs the Literacy Collaborative in the School of Education at Lesley University.

Together with Gay Su Pinnell she has authored numerous books, videos, and websites with Heinemann that are now considered standards in the field of literacy instruction and staff development. Their latest innovations are The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention and The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, a comprehensive assessment system for grades K–8. Fountas and Pinnell have influenced the classroom practices of teachers nationwide through bestselling books such as:

  • The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guide 1 (2008)
  • When Readers Struggle (2008)
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Book List, K–8+ (20092011 Edition, Print Version)
  • The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K–8 (2007)
  • The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K–2 (2007)
  • The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades 3–8 (2007)
  • 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)
  • The Primary Literacy Video Collection Series of DVDs: Guided Reading; Classroom Management; and Word Study (2006)
  • Word Matters: Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing Classroom (1998)
  • The Reader’s Notebook
  • Help America Read and Coordinator's Guide (1997)

In addition, through Heinemann's firsthand line of classroom materials, Fountas and Pinnell have authored Phonics Lessons (Grades K, 1, and 2), Word Study Lessons (Grade 3), Sing a Song of Poetry, and their corresponding word and picture cards. These materials are used in thousands of classrooms throughout the country.

Fountas and Pinnell together present workshops nationwide on a variety of literacy-instruction topics through Heinemann Professional Development.