Using Fountas & Pinnell Resources for Remote Learning


These are unprecedented times. Like many of you, Heinemann and Pearson Canada continue to follow the development around COVID-19 with hope and reflection and, as promised, we have been working on ways to support educators and students in this uncertain time. This shift to remote learning has prompted many questions related to access and permissions from our valued Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ customers.

In partnership with Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, Heinemann and Pearson Canada will provide temporary teacher access to the following Fountas & Pinnell resources.

  • LLI
  • FPC
  • BAS
  • Permissions Guidelines
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Share & Connect
  • Webinars


Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), K–3

  • Starting Friday, May 8, 2020, LLI teachers (K–5) who have an LLI account will have temporary, teacher-only, digital access to their LLI books via their Online Resources. (Look for the “LLI Books” tab in the blue navigation bar).

  • A document titled, Suggestions to Support Literacy Instruction for Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Students, will be available on your Online Resources. This document provides suggested activities for you to consider as you support LLI student’s development remotely.
  • We grant temporary permission for teachers to use the print or digital LLI books to support the suggested activities outlined in the document referenced above in a closed digital environment.

    Watch LLI K-3 Video!   Watch LLI 4-6 Video!


Fountas & Pinnell Classroom (FPC)

Reading Minilessons (RML) K–6:

  • Teachers who have purchased Reading Minilessons book and have registered for the corresponding Online Resources will have temporary, teacher-only digital access to their RML book via their Online Resources.
  • We grant temporary permission for you to record a lesson in a closed digital environment using your print RML book or the temporary digital file of your RML

    Watch the video!

Interactive Read Alouds (IRA) K-6

  • Each of the FPC Interactive Read-Aloud Collections contain curated trade books from various authors and publishers. We do not hold the copyright to these books; however, many publishers and authors/illustrators have released statements regarding their copyright policy and guidelines for reading aloud in a closed platform. School Library Journal has a curated list of Publisher responses to copyright policy – we recommend you consult this list as you prepare your digital learning plan. 

Guided Reading (GR), K–6

  • Starting Friday, May 8, 2020, FPC Guided Reading teachers (K–6) who have an FPC GR account will have temporary, teacher-only, digital access to their guided reading books via their Online Resources.
  • A document titled, "Suggestions to Support Literacy Learning," is now available in your Online Resources account.
  • We grant temporary permission for teachers to use their print or digital FPC GR books in a closed digital environment to support your school/district policies and remote learning plan (example: screen share).

    Watch the video!

Shared Reading (SR), K–3

  • Starting the week of April 27, teachers who have an FPC Shared Reading account will have temporary, teacher-only, digital access to their shared reading books via their Online Resources.
  • A document titled, Suggestions to Support Literacy Learning, is now available in your Online Resources account.
  • You can continue to share your custom Shared Listening Library URL with children so they can access the shared reading audio books remotely. Refer to your Online Resources for additional information on “Setting Up Your Listening Library” and “Using Audiobooks with Students.”
  • The shared reading books are original to FPC. We grant temporary permission for you to read aloud the shared reading books in a closed digital environment and/or to record a lesson in a closed digital environment using your print or temporary digital shared reading book. Please follow in the General Permission Guidelines tab.

    Watch the video!

Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System (PWS), K–4

  • Starting Friday, May 8, 2020, PWS teachers (K–5) who have an PWS account will have temporary, teacher-only, digital access to their PWS lessons via their Online Resources.
  • We grant temporary permission for teachers to use their print or digital PWS lessons in a closed digital environment to support your school/district policies and remote learning plan (example: screen share).

    Watch the Video

Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Collection Guides

  • Starting Friday, May 8, 2020, teachers who have an FPC account for each instructional context will have temporary, teacher-only, digital access to their FPC Collection Guides via their Online Resources.

Other Instructional Contexts:

  • In the coming weeks, we will continue to release identified FPC resources in phases. As noted above, these resources will be added to the Online Resources and will be accessible to FPC educators who have previously purchased the resources. We will make an announcement via and when new resources are live.


Benchmark Assessment System

Response to Administering Benchmark Assessment System During Remote Learning

Everything about the way you teach, the way you interact and engage with students has shifted suddenly and dramatically over the past several weeks. Under these unusual conditions, we do not recommend any kind of formal assessment. The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) was designed to be administered in person with an unseen text to gather evidence about a child’s literacy development.  The assessment was field tested for reliability and validity under these conditions. As a standardized assessment, in order to obtain fair and valid results, standardized procedures must be followed.  Without these conditions, the assessment is no longer reliable or valid.

We understand that many of you are still expected to report on end-of-year student achievement, so we recommend that you consult with your colleagues and school/district administrators for guidance. There is no one-size-fits-all solution during this time.

Alternative Measures

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ team has gathered some ideas for alternative measures that you currently have at your disposal that may enable you to collect meaningful data points for each of your students. We hope these alternative measures can be used with relative ease to provide a snapshot of each students’ literacy learning.

1. Optional Assessments

  • Optional Assessment Video Overview located under the “Videos” tab in your Online Resources.
  • Review the Optional Assessments table of contents for BAS 1 and/or BAS 2 found here:
  • Consider which measures/assessments might provide evidence of your teaching and learning goals and are most appropriate for your students.
  • Optional Assessment Criteria: Scoring criteria for each optional assessment is provided, but use your professional judgment along with your school/district criteria to adjust as needed.
  • Optional Assessments: Close to 50 optional assessments per system that address fluency and phrasing, phonics and word analysis, vocabulary, and vocabulary in context. Each assessment includes directions and student and/or teacher forms to download, print, or share.

2. Observational Notes

Use your observational notes during your interactions with students to gain behavioral evidence of children’s thinking about texts:

  • Children’s talk about texts
  • Children’s writing about texts (journals, writing, readers’ notebook, etc.)

3. Student Writing and Talk about Texts

Tools to measure student writing and talk about texts: 

Collaborate with your colleagues on your school/district requirements. Use your own professional judgment about the best way to meet your school/district assessment policies in a fair and equitable way for all students.

Watch the Video!

Permissions Guidelines

General Permission Guidelines

By reading or recording virtually, you agree to abide by the below guidelines:

  • At the start of your live reading or recording, please mention that you are reading/using resources from or conducting a lesson from Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ or Leveled Literacy Intervention with permission from Heinemann.
  • Recordings can only be placed in a closed digital or password protected environment to be shared exclusively with your student(s).
  • Please remove and delete your recordings when your district/school resumes learning at school, or at the latest, Dec 31, 2020.

Tips & Tricks

Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Educators and Caregivers

Daily Remote Learning Tip
Every weekday, check out our latest activity, tactic, or advice to support literacy in a remote learning setting.

Remote Literacy Learning Suggestions from the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team
Practical methods to adapt Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™and Leveled Literacy Instruction (LLI)in a remote learning setting, as well as general literacy education best practices.

A Remote Learning Link Pack from Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™
Browse this frequently updated list of useful resources like digital read-alouds, educational activities, access to digital libraries, and more.

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Implementation Support Webinars

We are pleased to launch a new service to support our valued F&P customers.
Pearson is offering live webinars to help teachers achieve the greatest impact from their F&P resources. The sessions will take on an "ask us anything" format where participants can share questions and interact with others to develop a deeper understanding of responsive teaching and their F&P resources. These will be short sessions (40-60 minutes each) and registration will be capped at 15-20 to encourage participation and interaction.

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We will be adding more topics and webinars weekly so check back here for updates.

Do you have suggestions for sessions that we should consider?
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Are you planning implementation for your district?
We would be happy to help develop a plan designed to support your implementation journey. Please use this form to capture your thinking. Once you submit, your feedback will automatically be sent to our Literacy Implementation Manager. She will then contact you to discuss your plan and schedule session(s).


What if I haven’t registered for the Online Resources yet?

If you do not have the access code needed for registration, complete this form and we will set up an account for you.
Note: You must have previously purchased the resource for which you are requesting access to the Online Resources.