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September 3. 2017

What's New on the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Social Media Scene

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team has been busy this summer planning some exciting new projects for the new school year that will keep you uplifted, informed, and engaged! Take a look at what's rolling out over the next few months.

NEW Instagram

Follow our new Instagram account @FountasPinnell and check out sneak peeks of new products as soon as they arrive off the presses; behind-the-scene photos from video filmings and photoshoots; photos of classroom organization; and, of course, new Meli photos! This year, keep an eye out for pictures of Taco, from the Leveled Literacy Intervention System Orson and Taco series. It'll be a treat for your students who know Meli and Taco to see what they get up to at home!

NEW Twitter Handle 

Follow the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team on Twitter @FPLiteracyTeam for updates, news, events, and guidance on all of the valuable resources by Fountas and Pinnell. This is the place to get your Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ news or get answers to your questions regarding product release dates, content clarification, technical issues, etc. 

Send us your photos!

Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ resources tend to come with a lot of critical components! Our members are always looking for tips and suggestions on how to organize these valuable pieces so they won't get lost, stolen, or ruined. If you are one of those teachers who has a great organizational system for your Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ resources, send us a picture at Be sure to send us your name and where you're from. The pictures will be reviewed by Fountas and Pinnell and we will post the pictures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (with your permission)! You can be the envy of your colleagues while helping out a fellow educator who desperately needs your organizational wisdom! 

Our community is growing and we hope you all can take advantage of these great new additions! 

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team 

Join the fastest growing community in the field of literacy education. Get your free membership and stay up to date on the latest news and resources from Fountas and Pinnell at 

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September 1. 2017

Twitter Chat RECAP: The Power and Purpose of Assessment

On Thursday, August 31, Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell  hosted a Twitter Chat about The Power and Purpose of Assessment. People from all over the country logged in to share their thoughts about this important topic, just in time for the new school year! Followers engaged in a discussion about many different angles of assessment from how assessment informs moment-to-moment teaching decisions, to the importance of the continuous use of reading records in everyday instruction. Some favorite tweets included: 
Assessment is not teaching. It is gathering information for teaching. More...
August 29. 2017

4 Steps to Cope with Testing Demands

Students in school are tested continually, and their success is most often measured by their performance on paper-and-pencil tests. The stakes are also high for teachers because their performance is judged by how many students meet the criteria for success. The demand for accountability is intense and has the potential to reduce the language and literacy continuum to a very narrow set of exercises. If we care about our students, we need to make sure test taking has positive outcomes.

While we cannot ignore tests, we cannot let them control our lives and the lives of our students. We need to find ways to cope with the demands of the testing environment and still help our students have happy, productive, and satisfying literacy experiences. To cope with testing demands:

  1. Analyze the genuine underlying skills that students need in order to be able to perform well on comprehensive proficiency tests.
  2. Create an ongoing curriculum to help students develop the genuine reading and writing abilities that will provide a foundation for good test performance (as well as all the benefits of a literate life).
  3. Analyze the ways of reading, writing, and displaying knowledge that tests require.
  4. Familiarize students with the ways to display knowledge and skills that will be expected of them in test performance.

Without the first two steps, the others are ineffective. Being a competent reader and writer is basic to performing well on tests.

From Guiding Readers & Writers by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Copyright (c) 2001 by Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Published by Heinemann.

August 28. 2017

The Power and Purpose of Assessment


It’s back-to-school time! Classroom organization is ready and routines are established. Now it’s time to start assessments, and that is not always an easy undertaking. First, assessment takes significant prep work: you have to print materials, note students’ prior level, set each student up in your data management system, and then assess every student in a reasonable amount of time while staying organized and keeping track of all materials and results! It’s a lot of work. It can be easy to get caught up in the logistics and lose sight of the main reason why we assess our students. So let’s take a step back and kick off the new school year thinking about the power and purpose of assessment. More...

August 24. 2017

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Achieving substantial school-wide growth is possible if a community of educators is willing to undertake the journey together. Now is the time!