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August 15. 2017

It's Our One-year Anniversary!!

Last August, Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ relaunched fountasandpinnell.com, a daily retreat for teachers, literacy leaders, and district administrators to reflect, recharge, and redefine their literacy instruction. Since then, nearly 40k members from 129 countries have joined. Like Fountas and Pinnell themselves, these members are joined together by the belief that achieving substantial school-wide growth is a real possibility if we take the journey together. Thanks to you, fountasandpinnell.com has become so much more than a website. It is a COMMUNITY.

"I LOVE the Fountas & Pinnell Community!!! There are so many great webinar offerings, suggested new professional literature, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom (OMG! I can hardly wait! I feel like a kid at Christmas!), Daily Lit Bits... Just a treasure trove of great stuff." ~Amy Brusvold, Reading Specialist, Thorp, WI 

We wanted to take a moment to pause and celebrate all we've achieved together this year!

Blogs: Each week, we feature a new blog aimed to spark conversation about important topics in education and inform customers on product updates or new resources.  This year, we posted blogs on a large range of topics from the importance of using a level only as a teacher's tool, not a child's label, to the popular Ask Meli blog where Meil, the dog from books featured in LLI and the forthcoming Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Guided Reading Collection, answers questions from her fans!

Daily Lit Bits: We have posted 256 Daily Lit Bits, which are short, morsels of insight from Fountas and Pinnell intended to sharpen your practice, and invoke professional conversations. Share these bits of wisdom with your colleagues and get the dialogue started!

Discussion Board Posts: Since the launch of fountasandpinnell.com, there have been 700 new discussion posts added to the Discussion Board! This means our members are actively utilizing this valuable tool where educators can go to get their Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ questions answered by trained consultants in a timely manner.

Webinar: Over the last year, we recorded 12 live webinars hosted by Fountas and Pinnell. These webinars offer members the opportunity to expand their knowledge on critical topics in education. And if you miss the webinars, you can access the recording in the Resource Library on fountasandpinnell.com

Resource Library: The Resource Library on fountasandpinnell.com contains 267 NEW documents and videos meant to extend teacher expertise. And those are just the new ones we've added over the past 12 months! 

Thank you for joining us on this journey! Stay tuned for more content, more webinars, and new features coming to the Community this year that will expand members' chance to reflect, recharge, and refine literacy instruction even further! And if you're not a member, click HERE to sign up and become a part of the fastest growing community in the field of literacy education.

The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Team

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

August 11. 2017

Enhanced Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Recording Forms: Why we changed them and how it might affect you


Fountas and Pinnell are always working with teachers in schools, observing new practices and refining their current thinking. After witnessing many assessments being administered using the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS) they realized that gaining strong behavioral evidence of understanding (using talk as evidence) was new or unfamiliar to many teachers. In fact, many teachers were not receiving enough opportunity for continuous professional learning in standardized administration and evidence-based scoring.

For that reason, Fountas and Pinnell created more-detailed assessment guidelines and a new comprehension conversation rubric for the Recording Forms in Leveled Literacy Intervention Systems, 1st and 2nd Editions (LLI), BAS, 3rd Edition (only), and Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Guided Reading Collection. As of August 7, 2017, customers will automaticallyreceive access to new Recording Forms via the Fountas & Pinnell Online Resources, including updates in the Online Data Management System and Reading Record Apps.

What is different?

  • New Comprehension Conversation Scoring Rubrics: The new rubrics provide greater reliability to this portion of the assessment, sharpen observation of literacy learning, and scaffold understanding of how to use evidence to assess students’ literacy learning.
  • Clarified Comprehension Conversation Scoring (Guide to Total Score): The process on how to conduct the comprehension conversation portion of the reading record has been more clearly defined through the creation of the new rubrics and an update of the scoring criteria. They have also eliminated the extra point, which will bring greater consistency of scoring among teachers.
  • Revised Comprehension Conversation key understandings and prompts to help elicit key understandings from students during the conversation that align to The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Continuum, Expanded Edition.
  • Updates to Online Data Management System, and the Reading Record Apps to align with the above enhancements.

 Who is affected?

This change should have no impact on teachers using the Recording Forms for LLI, 2nd Edition, BAS, 3rd Edition, and FPC Guided Reading Collections. However, since the scoring and the conversation for the Recording Forms in BAS, 1st and 2nd Editions are remaining the same, there has been concern about using the results of those assessments in conjunction with the new, enhanced forms and whether or not they will match. For those customers, you can rest assured that consistency will stay intact, and here’s why: BAS is an interval assessment used to determine an optimal learning level, while other Recording Forms (in LLI and FPC Guided Reading Collection) are continuous assessment tools to monitor progress. In addition, knowledge gained through the new Recording Forms will naturally transfer to use with the BAS, 1st and 2nd Edition Recording Forms and thus result in greater reality over time.

With refinement comes reflection

With the clear guidelines and rubrics, Fountas and Pinnell are confident that educators will achieve consistency. The new guidelines and rubric will enable teachers to sharpen their observation of students’ reading behaviors and strengthen the connection from assessment to instruction. Take this time to reflect on observations and the assessment analysis, and engage in a discussion with colleagues to plan rich and comprehensive literacy experiences that meet learners where they are and bring them forward with intention and precision. 

To get a deeper explanation on this important enhancement, view the whitepaper on The Role of Recording Forms Across the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Brand: A Message from Literacy Leaders, Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell.

~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 

For a well-organized, searchable archive of FAQs and discussions that are monitored by Fountas and Pinnell-trained consultants, go to our Discussion Board at www.fountasandpinnell.com/forum

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

July 28. 2017

School is Starting Soon! Are You Ready for Phonics Instruction?

For many educators, phonics instruction is an integral part of their overall design for literacy education in their classrooms. Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ offers a variety of ways to implement phonics, spelling, and word study within many different instructional contexts. 

Below is a rundown of the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ resources that incorporate phonics, spelling, and word study, as well as what it looks like to teach with these valuable resources in the classroom.

Introducing the NEW Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System

In August of this year, Fountas and Pinnell will release a new, enhanced version of their 2003 resource, Phonics Lessons, called the Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System for grades K and 1 (grades 2 and 3 to follow in 2018). More...


July 20. 2017

Reflections on the 2017 ILA Literacy Conference

 

Educational conferences are wonderful opportunities to learn new teaching methods, make connections, and get refreshed for the upcoming school year. This year's International Literacy Association 2017 Conference was no exception! We heard from a lot of great speakers and educators from all over the world whose passion for education was truly inspiring.  

Fountas and Pinnell held two powerful sessions at ILA this year: "Teaching for Coherence: A Design for Literacy Instruction" and "Responsive Teaching: Four Keys to Effective Decision Making Within the Guided Reading Lesson." Below are some of the most favored bits of wisdom we took away from those two discussions. We invite others to share their thoughts on these or anything else about their experience at ILA 2017. More...



July 13. 2017

Don't Miss the NEW Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Resources at ILA!

If you're attending the International Literacy Association (ILA) Annual Literacy Conference in Orlando, FL this week, stop by the Heinemann booth #723 and get a first glimpse at the many new, valuable resources from Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ coming this fall. 

Last year, Fountas and Pinnell released new editions of three of their most popular resources: Guided Reading, Second Edition, The Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition, and Benchmark Assessment Systems 1 and 2, Third Edition. But they haven't stopped there! This year, we will see the release of one of their biggest projects yet, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™, which will be on display at ILA along with the second edition of Leveled Literacy Intervention, K-2 and the new edition of Phonics Lessons, the Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study System. Here's what you can expect to see at the booth! More...

July 7. 2017

Fountas and Pinnell at ILA Orlando, 2017!


If you are heading to Orlando, FL next week to attend the annual Literacy Conference held by the International Literacy Association (ILA), don't forget to come to Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell's sessions! These discussions will offer educators a chance to hear directly from Fountas and Pinnell on two important subjects: RESPONSIVE TEACHING and TEACHING FOR COHERENCE. Both are hugely important factors for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of your instruction. More...


June 30. 2017

Here’s HOW to Order Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™

It's finally here! Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is no longer just a glimmer in our eye. The beautiful books are NOW being printed and assembled with the lessons. It's getting ready to fill your shelves and enhance your instruction. More...

June 21. 2017

Start Ordering Your Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Resources NOW!



By now, you have heard about the exciting new system coming out this year, Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™. You know what it is, but there might be some questions about when you can start placing your orders. The short answer is: right now! But not all the pieces will be available right away. Here's a breakdown of what you can start purchasing now and when your resources will arrive. More...



June 9. 2017

Teaching Phonics with Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™

This is the last in a series of blogs about Phonics and Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™. 

Learning how words work doesn’t have to be a boring, mundane drill. There are ways to turn your students into enthusiastic explorers of words by getting them engaged in active thinking about language and how it works. Fountas and Pinnell have developed a lesson structure for phonics, spelling, and word study that uses a balance of direct teaching and inquiry, which will encourage students to become active examiners and analyzers of print. More...