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Irene Fountas

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Irene is the Marie M. Clay Endowed Chair in Early Literacy and Reading Recovery, and is the author of many books. She is director of the Center for Reading Recovery in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University. She has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and consultant in school districts across the nation and abroad. Irene and co-author Gay Su Pinnell have published numerous books and resources with Heinemann. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to literacy.

Education

BS, Boston University
M.Ed. Boston University
CAGS, Boston University
Ed.D., Boston University

Selected Publications

  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G.S. (2018) Every Child, Every Classroom, Every Day: From Vision to Action in Literacy Learning. The Reading Teacher, 72 (1). 7-19.
  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G.S. (2018) The Literacy Quick Guide: A Reference Tool for Responsive Literacy Teaching. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G.S. (2018) Fountas and Pinnell Classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. S. (2017). The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. S. (2017). Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching, Second Edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. S. (2017). The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System 1, Third Edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. S. (2017). The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System 2, Third Edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Leveled Literacy Intervention: Red System. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Genre Prompting Guide for Fiction. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Genre Prompting Guide for Nonfiction. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Genre Quick Guide. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. S. (2009). The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guide 1: A Tool for Literacy Teachers. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. S. (2009). When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I. & Pinnell, G. S. (2009). Keys to Effective Coaching: Cultivating Self-Extending Teachers in a Professional Learning Community. Journal of Reading Recovery, 8 (2).

Selected Presentations

  • With G. Pinnell: Leading Literacy Forward with Shared Reading. International Literacy Association, Austin, Texas, 2018
  • With G. Pinnell: Teaching for Coherence: A Design for Literacy Instruction and Responsive Teaching: Four Keys to Effective Decision Making Within the Guided Reading Lesson. International Literacy Association, Orlando, Florida, 2017
  • With G. Pinnell: Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of Guided Reading: Elevating Teacher Expertise in Differentiated Instruction. 27th Annual Literacy for All Conference, Providence, R.I., 2016
  • With G. Pinnell: Digging Deep: Teaching for Reading Power in Guided Reading Lessons. 27th Annual Literacy for All Conference, Providence, RI, 2016
  • With G. Pinnell: Effective Professional Development for Elementary Literacy Instruction. 61st Annual International Literacy Association Conference, Boston, MA, 2016
  • With G. Pinnell: Honing Teacher Expertise in Guided Reading: The Science and Craft of Differentiated Instruction. 61st Annual International Literacy Association Conference, Boston, MA, 2016
  • With G. Pinnell: Teach the Child, NOT the Book or Program: Maximizing the Power of The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum. 61st Annual International Literacy Association Conference, Boston, MA, 2016
  • With G. Pinnell: When Readers Struggle in the Intermediate Grades: Teaching That Works [Teaching edge speaker series]. 57th Annual International Reading Association conference, Chicago, 2012
  • With G. Pinnell: Text Complexity: Its critical Role in Reading Development. 57th Annual International Reading Association conference, Chicago, 2012.
  • With G. Pinnell: Coaching for Expert Teaching in Guided Reading Lessons, 22nd Annual Literacy for All Conference, Providence, R.I., 2011
  • With G. Pinnell, Genre Study in a Reader’s Workshop (Grades 1-8). Pre-conference all-day workshop presented at the 22nd Annual Literacy for All Conference, Providence, R.I., 2011
  • Fountas, I.C., Teacher Expertise: Key to Student Achievement. Keystone State Reading Association 44th Annual Conference, Lancaster, Pa., 2011
  • Effective Literacy Interventions: What Will it Take? Minority School Achievement Network Conference, Cambridge, Mass., 2010
  • Teacher Expertise: Key to Improving Literacy Achievement. 38th Annual Conference, State of Maryland International Reading Association Council, Baltimore, 2010
  • With G. Pinnell: Expert Teaching in Literacy Lessons: Teaching, Prompting, and Reinforcing Problem-solving Behaviors. Presented at the 55th Annual Convention, International Reading Association, Chicago, 2010.
  • With G. Pinnell: When Readers Struggle: Teaching that Works (K-3). Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, Cairo, Egypt. 2009
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Featured Blog Posts

October 4, 2022 Wendy Vaulton, Associate Director for Reading Recovery and Early Interventions

A is for Assessment: Considerations for linking assessment and instruction

Educational researcher Rachael Gabriel notes that a truly scientific approach to reading would acknowledge that “each student will require different kinds and degrees of support for component skills and the many processes of literacy” (Gabriel, 2021). But how do we uncover the kinds and degrees of support that will be most effective for individual students? Our best shot starts with assessment that is authentic, asset-based, actionable, and anti-racist. Think of these characteristics as a framework, wherein each facet supports the other in the development of responsive teaching.

September 14, 2022 Maria Nichols, Author & Consultant

Engaging Hearts and Minds Through Purposeful Talk

Create conditions and supports for engaging hearts and minds in ways that build depth of meaning making, compassion, and critical process for all students, including our youngest learners.

September 2, 2022 Cindy Downend, Associate Director of Literacy Programs

Focus on Phonics: Five Tips for a Successful Beginning with Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Lessons

Daily systematic explicit phonics instruction is essential for students to learn how to read effectively. Consider these five pointers for organizing your time and materials from the Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Systems.