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October 12. 2017

Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Core Values: A Vision for Literacy Education

In order to build a successful school community in which all members are treated and treat others with empathy, kindness, and respect while recognizing every child's right to grow up literate, everyone must all share the same vision and goals. 

Fountas and Pinnell believe that through dynamic literacy education that exemplifies common beliefs and core values, students will come to understand their physical, social, and emotional world and their roles as informed global citizens, which are hallmarks of the literate lives they can lead. Below are the 10 Core Values on which Fountas and Pinnell's work is based. Do these values reflect those of your school?

Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Core Values
Schools are places where STUDENTS:
  • 1. Act as members of a cohesive learning community that sustains their literacy growth and success.
  • 2. Engage in authentic inquiry within and beyond the classroom walls to ignite their intellectual curiosity and expand their knowledge of the world and of others.
  • 3. Believe in themselves and their own ability to acquire and use language and literacy for learning and enjoyment.
  • 4. Read, and think, talk, and write every day about relevant content that engages their heart and minds.
  • 5. Read, and think, talk, and write about texts that are culturally sensitive, reflect the diversity in our world, and vary in genre, content, and perspective.
Schools are places where TEACHERS:
  • 6. Implement a coherent set of evidence-based instructional practices in whole-class, small-group, and individual contexts.
  • 7. Make expert instructional decisions based on evidence gained from systematic observation and ongoing assessment data.
  • 8. Work as a team to take collective responsibility for the high achievement of every student in a widely diverse population.
  • 9. Act as members of a community with a common vision, common goals, and a strong belief that their work can transform children's lives through literacy.
  • 10. Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to their own professional learning and to supporting the learning of their colleagues and team members.

To discover the valuable tools and resources that were created in alignment with these values, visit

 ~The Fountas & PInnell Literacy™ Team
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