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The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, PreK-8

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This webinar series, based on the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition, will guide you in exploring ways to use this professional resource to link assessment to instruction, as a foundation for observing student behaviors and planning for instruction, and as a tool for learning about texts. As a part of our work together, we will view video clips to "step inside" classrooms at each grade level and look for specific evidence of teaching and learning across the curricular areas detailed in the book.

The following is a description of the learning objectives to be met within each session of this series:

Session 1: Introduction to Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Interactive Read Aloud and Literature Discussion

In our first session, we will begin with an overview of how Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum is organized as well as various ways to use the resource. We will consider how text selection and analysis for interactive read aloud impacts the way we support readers' thinking within, beyond, and about the text. We'll also take a look at how the intentional conversations we have with students in interactive read aloud scaffolds them in participating in literature discussions.

Session 2: Shared and Performance Reading, Word Study

Fountas and Pinnell define shared reading and performance reading as "instructional contexts that involve reading aloud for the pleasure of oneself and others." In this session, we’ll look at how we can use these instructional contexts to engage students in processing print, using their voices to interpret the meaning of text, learning about the reading process, and having a basis to learn about how words work. We'll dig deeper into nine areas of learning in phonics, spelling, and word study and ways to teach students in these areas in whole group and small group settings.

Session 3: Linking Assessment to Instruction, Text Analysis, and Guided Reading

In session three we will focus on how to use Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum as a bridge to link assessment and instruction. We will analyze the demands of leveled texts and think about how to use our analysis, paired with students' strengths and needs, to plan for instruction in guided reading. We will also view a guided reading lesson and observe how the teacher supports her students before, during, and after the read.

Session 4: Writing, Writing About Reading

Writing is a tool for learning as well as for communicating with others. In this session, we will consider various purposes, genres, and forms of writing. We will analyze students' writing for evidence of their behaviors and understandings, and peek inside a writing workshop to see how one teacher supports her students' growth as writers.


Chrisie Moritz is a Fountas and Pinnell-endorsed consultant. She is a National Board certified literacy coach in Fairfax County, Virginia where she teaches, facilitates professional development sessions, and coaches other educators. She presents at conferences and consults with school districts across the country on various topics related to literacy instruction. Chrisie co-authored the book Powerful Book Introductions: Leading with Meaning to Promote Thinking (2017) with Kathleen Fay and Suzanne Whaley. She has taught at Title I schools in North Carolina and Virginia and served as a Reading Recovery® teacher, Literacy Collaborative District Trainer, and adjunct professor at East Carolina University.

Who Should Participate

Teachers of grades PreK-8, administrators, curriculum coordinators, literacy specialists, and staff developers.


The cost of this four-part webinar series is $159.00 per person. Tuition includes access to the recorded webinar series for 30 days, which begins on the date you receive the link. Please note, access cannot be extended past 30 days.


NOTE: Participants are encouraged to have a copy of The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum for reference during the webinar, but customers may also use previous editions of The Continuum of Literacy Learning. Click here to purchase: The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. You may also want to have a copy of Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency to refer to, though this text is not required. Click here to purchase: Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

02/18/2016-12/31/2022 - Recorded Webinar

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Availability: Available When: 02/18/2016 - 12/31/2022* Where: Online