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September 18. 2018

Close the Achievement Gap with LLI Multi-Day Institutes! Early-Bird Rates EXTENDED!

Learn how close the literacy achievement gap using the Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System through these two in-depth, multi-day institutes led by Fountas and Pinnell-trained consultants. Sign up by October 2nd and save $60 per person! These two informative institutes will be held in early November in beautiful Philadelphia, PA. Check out details below: 

November 56, 2018

Primary: Grades K, 1, and 2: 

Teaching Readers Who Struggle and Teaching with Levels A–N / LLI Orange, Green, and Blue systems

This two-day institute will focus on understanding the reading and writing challenges of children who struggle with literacy learning and how to provide effective teaching within the LLI primary lessons. 

Register here!

November 78, 2018

Intermediate, Middle, and Secondary: Grades 3–12: 

Intervening for Literacy Success with Levels L–Z / LLI Red, Gold, Purple, and Teal systems

In this interactive two-day institute, participants will be provided with a deep understanding of the LLI Red, Gold, Purple, and Teal systems for grades 3–12 and how they specifically meet the needs of struggling readers in those grades, and how to provide effective teaching within the LLI lessons. 

Register here!


September 13. 2018

Back-to-School Twitter Chat with Fountas and Pinnell

The start of the school year can be hectic! You can find yourself seeking guidance, especially if you are using new resources with new approaches to instruction. Luckily, Fountas and Pinnell will be hosting a Twitter Chat Thursday, 9/20 at 8:00 p.m. EST to address some of your frequently asked questions and hopefully provide some clarity!

Follow @FountasPinnell #FPLiteracy to get answers to questions like, how do I set up Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™, and how many LLI groups can I fit into one day? You might even have some tips of your own, so be prepared to share! 

Mark your calendars and spread the word to join Fountas and Pinnell next Thursday night for a practical chat on back-to-school bumps-in-the-road! 

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Team
September 6. 2018

Updated Spanish Benchmark Assessment System Available NOW!

Since the release of the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) several years ago, Fountas and Pinnell received countless requests for a version that would meet the needs of their Spanish-speaking students. They travelled the country holding workshops with bilingual educators to hear their needs. And from those conversations, Sistema de evaluacion de la lectura, Grados K–2, Niveles A–N (SEL) was created. 

During their travels across the nation, Fountas and Pinnell were able to design a system that was NOT a translation of the English BAS, but was tailored to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking students using the following three powerful ideas. 

Bilingual educators need:

A Spanish assessment system based on the same principles as the F&P Text Level Gradient™.

Original Spanish books that were not translations of English books, but high-quality, truly authentic Spanish books written originally by native Spanish-language writers.

Books that have been carefully leveled by bilingual educators with special attention to the language needs of Spanish-speaking students.

Using these three ideas, Fountas and Pinnell carefully planned, designed, and tested SEL. They worked with expert native Spanish-language writers who provided the authentic, original texts, and with Latino illustrators who produced culturally relevant, original artwork for these books. They met and consulted with experts in the field of bilingual education who carefully reviewed the books with them. Then they tested the books at multiple school sites across the nation, relying on the expertise of seasoned bilingual children and analyzed the results.

Sistema de evaluacion de la lectura, Niveles A–N is an effective tool in supporting educators help students develop their literacy skills and lead them not only to academic success, but to successful, fulfilling life as passionate readers and inquisitive learners. 

SEL has now been updated to align with the third edition of BAS.  Learn more HERE.

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Team 
August 29. 2018

Fountas and Pinnell Answer YOUR Questions in a Special Twitter Chat!

As the school year is getting started, you might find yourself looking for guidance on anything from classroom library organization to communicating student progress to parents/caregivers. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get that guidance directly from Fountas and Pinnell? Now is your chance!

On Thursday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. (EST), Fountas and Pinnell will hold a Twitter Chat to discuss the most popular questions or comments we receive from teachers, administrators, literacy coaches, librarians, etc. who might be looking for some direction with their teaching. 

Send us your questions and comments via Twitter @FountasPinnell #FPLiteracy by September 6. We will post the top eight most popular and Fountas and Pinnell will address them during the chat! We encourage you to join us, contribute your thoughts, and get some tips as we kick off the school year! 


August 23. 2018

Newest Additions to Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™!

Last year came the first wave of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™--the system designed to reshape literacy instruction as we know it. But that was just the beginning!

New and exciting resources will continue to roll out over the next few years; Book Clubs and Reading Minilessons are two of the latest instructional contexts to be released. Here’s what you’ll expect in these two important resources. 

Reading Minilessons

With this second wave of Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) comes the long-awaited release of The Reading Minilessons Book for grades K, 1, 2, and 3. This book is full of brief, highly specific, focused lessons that teaches students—in a whole-class setting—a principle that they can apply in many ways. These lessons are often referred to by Fountas and Pinnell as the glue that holds all of the other instructional contexts together. During the lessons, the students revisit mentor texts that they have read aloud or read during shared reading. The students then move to their individual choice reading where right on the edge of their consciousness as readers is that principle they explored in the minilesson, which they apply to their own reading. They finish by coming back for a brief sharing period where they can share their discoveries. 

Click HERE to learn more about The Reading Minilessons Book.

Book Clubs

Book Clubs and Literature Discussion provide an authentic opportunity to bring students together for in-depth discussion of captivating books that have been selected by Fountas and Pinnell as exemplary. The FPC Book Club Collection comes with 32 trade titles per grades K–3 and 48 titles per grades 4–6. Six copies of each title come in the collection along with a Discussion Card for the teacher to help support the discussion. The role of the teacher in these discussions should be limited. It is a time for students to exchange ideas with their peers and co-construct richer understandings of a text. As they bring together much of their learning during Book Clubs, students find a sense of agency.

Click HERE to learn more about the Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Book Clubs Collection.

Use these contexts to turn your classroom into a Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ where your students learn how to be confident, self-determined, curious, kind, and literate members of a community.  

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Team
August 16. 2018

3 Steps to Organizing Your Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Resources

The boxes have arrived. The space has been made. Now it’s time to organize the materials that will transform your classroom, your teaching, and the literacy lives of your students. Welcome to Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™!

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team knows how daunting this task might be, so we’ve come up with a step-by-step Interactive Implementation Plan for organizing your Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) materials. Below is a quick summary, but to get the full benefit of the plan click HERE and print it out for you and your colleagues.

Step 1: Unpack Your System

Using this visual step-by-step guide—together with your implementation goals—unpack inventory, and get to know your FPC books and resources. Thoughtful and intentional unpacking will help you prepare for efficient organization and implementation. In this step you will have the opportunity to unpack and inventory your FPC, and familiarize yourself with the resources in each instructional context using the tools provided in the Interactive Implementation Plan. In this step, you will have an inventory sheet and colored pictures of the components in each context with clear directions on how to organize them. 

Step 2: Organize Your Classroom

The classroom is a place of joy, activity, and continuous inquiry. As you plan the layout of your classroom, consider how to incorporate three types of learning spaces: an area for whole-group instruction and gatherings; an area for small-group instructions and discussions; and areas for students to work independently. The Interactive Implementation Plan will allow you to explore and envision how to plan the layout of your classroom; consider suggestions and examples for arranging your classroom; and organize learning tools to optimize effective teaching and learning.

Step 3: Implement your Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

As you implement FPC, you will be creating a warm and inviting, yet functional, space that supports the classroom community. As you organize your classroom and prepare to teach with FPC, consider how your space, materials, literacy time and planning work together to enhance learning across the day, and what professional learning will elevate your expertise. In step 3 of the Interactive Implementation Plan you will have the opportunity to create a “getting started” period with FPC, get to know The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum; and identify a professional learning path.

Turning a vision into action requires thoughtful planning and organizing. FPC is a literacy system that allows you to operationalize your vision. Use this Interactive Implementation Plan to put you, your students, and your school on the path to literacy success. 

~The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team
August 8. 2018

4 Ways to Prepare for Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

If you are thinking about updating the literacy system in your school or you have just invested in Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ and you’re wondering where to begin, it's important to take the time to come up with an action plan. Luckily, we've designed 4 easy steps to putting your vision of a coherent literacy system into action with this user friendly Interactive Action Plan!

You can find the complete, printable version of the Interactive Action Plan for Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ (FPC) HERE. Below is a short breakdown of this plan and how to use it to get started! 

Step 1: Define Your Vision and Values

In Step 1 of the Interactive Action Plan, you will define and record your values and goals. Defining your values establishes a foundation upon which to build your instructional priorities and instructional plan. You will first review and reflect on Fountas and Pinnell’s Core Values. You might find that you share the same values or perhaps you might want to use them to guide the decisions you make.  Then you will take time to envision and name the values you have for literacy instruction in your own classroom. 

Step 2: Set Your Goals

Let your core values established in Step 1 form the backbone of your decisions and lead you to set instructional goals that reinforce those values. In Step 2 of the Interactive Action Plan, you’ll have the opportunity to identify and prioritize your implementation and instructional goals through a self-assessment of your current literacy instruction.

Step 3: Get to Know Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

Use Step 3 in the Interactive Action Plan to get to know FPC and get familiar with all of the instructional contexts that are in the system. Here, is where you would also take the time to get familiar with The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, which is the instructional anchor for every goal, book, and lesson in FPC. The Literacy Continuum is a mandatory tool for being able to implement this system effectively, so it’s critical to get to know it as much as you can. Here is a link to a Study Guide if you’re not sure where to start.  In this step, you will also map out an implementation plan, as well as identify professional learning needs and opportunities.

Step 4: Plan Your Literacy Time

Time for literacy is critical, but finding time to fit it all in can be a challenge. It will help to create a literacy schedule in advance, which is what you will do in Step 4 of the Interactive Action Plan. Plan a week (or weeks) in your Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ using examples to get you started. Thoughtful and intentional planning is needed to ensure efficient, engaging, and effective literacy opportunities in your classroom. 

This Interactive Action Plan is sure to prepare you for the implementation of this exciting new literacy system. Get started on your exciting journey today—a journey that will transform your classroom, your teaching, and the literacy lives of your students. 

~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 www.fountasandpinnell.com 

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For more collaborative conversation, join the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Facebook Learning Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FountasPinnell/ 
August 2. 2018

VIDEO: Take a tour of The Literacy Quick Guide!

Watch this walk through video of this first-of-its-kind teaching, coaching, and reference tool that is a must-have resource for your classroom. It’s the blueprint for a coherent literacy system that will increase the impact of responsive literacy teaching and cultivate a love of reading and writing for all students.

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July 26. 2018

Ask Meli! July, 2018

Meli hopes you are all having a great summer and that you are reading lots of good books! This month Meli answers questions from students in Adairville, Kentucky.

Q: Dear Meli, My name is Danny. I go to Adairville Elementary in Kentucky. Hi Meli. I love your book and I love you too Meli. Meli do you love to hug? Yes or no. The markers are scented.

: Hi Danny! I loved your letter and drawing, they made me so happy! Scented markers sound like fun, I love to find new things to sniff! I bet they smell good! I love hugs, they make my tail wag! Keep reading! Woof! Meli

Q: Dear Meli, my name is Caden. I go to Adairville Elementary in Kentucky. Meli do you like going for walks? Love Caden More...

July 18. 2018

Fountas and Pinnell Talk About Why Reading Matters

Fountas and Pinnell were recently interviewed by USA TODAY reporter, Amy Sinatra Ayres, for an article in their fall, 2018 Back to School magazine. In the article, "Reading Matters: Inspiring the next generation of bookworms" they emphasize the importance of children reading books to gain insight into the human experience, and a better understanding of the world around them. They also offer advice on how to inspire reluctant readers and encourage them to read for pleasure.

To purchase this issue of USA TODAY Back to School and read the article, go here.

(Photo credit: USA TODAY Magazines)