On top of celebrating the 20th anniversary of their wildly popular publication, Guided Reading, with the release of the much-anticipated second edition, we are proud to announce that Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell have both received prestigious awards for their years of work in the field of literacy. It has been a year of celebration for Fountas and Pinnell!
At an award ceremony on October 7, Gay was awarded The Ohio State University Alumni Association's 2016 Alumni Medalist Award, the highest honor presented to a graduate of the institute. Gay was recognized for her contributions in bringing the successful Reading Recovery® to the United States.
On July 1, Irene was named the first recipient of the Marie M. Clay Endowed Chair in Reading Recovery®. This is the first faculty endowed chair given by Lesley University and honors Irene as being a pioneer in the field of literacy who recognizes the importance of extending educational opportunity to every child, particularly those in the early grades who face challenges in becoming successfully literate.
A group of high school teachers and instructional leaders joined us for a Professional Learning experience in November, exploring the special challenges faced by struggling readers in Grade 9 and higher. This group of highly engaged educators is conducting a collaborative inquiry, initially using the Benchmark Assessment System to begin their journey by identifying at risk students, followed by the introduction of LLI as their intervention strategy.
The team left the workshop filled with new ideas and challenges to bring to their exciting new initiative with Grade 9 students.
Jennifer Serravallo's Reading Strategies Book has helped hundreds of thousands of teachers and their readers. Now she's doing the same for writing. The Writing Strategies Book provides 300 strategies that support 10 crucial instructional goals. Whether you teach with writing workshop, 6+1 Traits, or by any other means, you'll discover a wealth of ideas for strategies to share with students for whole-group, small-group, or one-to-one instruction.