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.
Reading Minilessons (RML) K–6:
Interactive Read Alouds (IRA) K-6
Guided Reading (GR), K–6
Shared Reading (SR), K–3
Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System (PWS), K–4
Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Collection Guides
Other Instructional Contexts:
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.
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
2. Observational Notes
Use your observational notes during your interactions with students to gain behavioral evidence of children’s thinking about texts:
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.
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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.
We will be adding more topics and webinars weekly so check back here for updates.
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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).