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1/11/2011
Topic:
LLI

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Moderator note: I am moving this thread to the Fountas & Pinnell subforum. Thank you for posting it!
1/11/2011
Topic:
Prompting Guide 2

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1/11/2011
Topic:
My Vowel Book

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1/11/2011
Topic:
professional development

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1/11/2011
Topic:
Electronic/ computerized programs/applications

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1/11/2011
Topic:
Tier 3?

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1/11/2011
Topic:
Moving students to a new guided reading level

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1/11/2011
Topic:
Amount of growth in one school year

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1/11/2011
Topic:
Assigning grades when using guided reading

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1/11/2011
Topic:
Word Study SOS

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1/25/2011
Topic:
assessing students with Autism

Emily F. (Moderator)
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Hello Carolyn -- I'm going to move your thread to the "Fountas & Pinell" section, where Gay & Irene or the F&P team at Heinemann, as well as other teachers interested in Benchmark Assessment issues, will be sure to see it. Thank you for posting!
1/25/2011
Topic:
Managing Assessments

Emily F. (Moderator)
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Hi there -- I'm going to move this thread to the Fountas & Pinnell section of our forum, where Gay & Irene and the F&P team at Heinemann, as well as other teachers interested in F&P assessment issues, will be sure to see it. Thank you for posting it!
2/9/2011
Topic:
Remembering Peter Stillman (1934 - 2011)

Emily F. (Moderator)
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We are saddened to hear of Peter Stillman's recent death. Do you have memories to share of this wonderful editor, publisher, educator, and poet? Here's one from Thomas Newkirk, author and faculty member at the University of New Hampshire:

With the passing of Peter Stillman, we have lost the remaining partner of a team that changed the face of writing instruction. The key to the Stillman/Boynton era was their lack of caution. They were writers' editors, wanting books that pushed the edge even if that offended some people. They had the grand vision, and they cultivated the best -- among them Ken Macrorie, Donald Murray, Steve North, Janet Emig, Nancy Martin, James Moffett, Jimmy Britton, Ann Berthoff and at the end of their run the incomparable Nancie Atwell. Then they trusted their authors, let them write as they wished, confident that an audience would come to them. They rarely used outside readers, preferring to trust their instincts and values -- and occasionally they got burned. But there was a wonderful cockiness about their way of doing business that affected their writers. Together Peter Stillman and Bob Boynton were a flamboyant team, part comedians, part hosts, part editors -- with decisions often made in smoke-filled hotel rooms full of laughter and gin.

Tom

Peter's obituary can be read here.
2/24/2011
Topic:
2 Day Institute: Teaching Struggling Readers

Emily F. (Moderator)
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2 Day Institute: Teaching Struggling Readers in Small Groups Grades 3-8.

Lesley College is offering this institute March 1-2 in Nashua, NH, and March 24-25 in Rochester, NY. See posts below for details on locations and times.

General information:

Learn about key areas of difficulty that are evident in intermediate and middle school readers who are reading below grade level expectations. Help your students meet the common core standards and improve their performance on standardized tests. Meeting students at their instructional reading level with expert teaching helps them climb the ladder of text difficulty and improve their ability to read texts for other content area subjects.

You will learn key teaching strategies that you can use in small group teaching to facilitate student learning as they read short fiction and nonfiction books. You will also learn how to consider the role of text selection, all aspects of deep comprehension, vocabulary and language support in making it easy for struggling students to learn with more ease. The critical role of fluency and efficient word analysis will also be addressed.

Topics to include:
* Intervention to close the achievement gap
* Observing difficulties in processing
* Determining reading levels
* Understanding texts
* Teaching for comprehension
* Supporting the use of vocabulary and language structure
* Teaching for fluency
* Revisiting texts for comprehension and word analysis

Learn from Literacy Expert Irene Fountas:
Dr. Irene Fountas directs a comprehensive school improvement project in the School of Education at Lesley University. She has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist and consultant in school districts across the nation and abroad and has received numerous awards for her contributions to literacy. Irene and co-author Gay Su Pinnell have published several books with Heinemann, including Guiding Readers and Writers: Teaching Comprehension, Genre and Content Literacy (Heinemann, 2000), Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Reading (Grades K-8) (Heinemann, 2006) and The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K-8: Behaviors and Understandings to Notice, Teach and Support (Heinemann, 2009).

Costs/Fees:
Registration required; see website for details and PDF of registration form. (Links in posts below to specific event locations.)
$595/person (includes listed required professional books)
* Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency: Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Reading (Grades K-8) (Heinemann, 2006)
* The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades PK-8: Behaviors and Understandings to Notice, Teach and Support (Heinemann,2009).

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

A Support for your Response to Intervention (RTI) Plan!
Meets the Common Core Standards!

Please note this professional development is NOT connected to Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI).

Contact Information:
Alison Buraczenski
Lesley University
Center for Reading Recovery &
Literacy Collaborative
617.349.8424
litcol@lesley.edu
edited by Emily F. (Moderator) on 2/28/2011
2/24/2011
Topic:
2 Day Institute: Teaching Struggling Readers

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March 1-2, 2011: Nashua, NH

http://www.lesley.edu/crr/rr_struggling_readers_nashua.html
See site for registration form.

Date: March 1-2, 2011
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
(1 hour lunch break on your own)

Location:
Crowne Plaza Hotel Nashua
2 Somerset Parkway
Nashua, NH 03063
Tel: 1-603-886-1200
A room block has been reserved for this event at a rate of $119/night. Please contact the hotel for this rate and ask for the Lesley University group block. Please reserve hotel by January 28, 2011.
2/24/2011
Topic:
2 Day Institute: Teaching Struggling Readers

Emily F. (Moderator)
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March 24-25, 2011 - Rochester, NY

http://lesley.edu/crr/rr_struggling_readers_rochester.html
See site for registration form.

Date: March 24-25, 2011
Time: Day 1: 8:30am-3:00pm
Day 2: 8:00am-2:00pm
(1 hour lunch break on your own)

Location:
Doubletree Hotel Rochester
1111 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
Tel: 1.585.475.1510
3/1/2011
Topic:
Remembering Peter Stillman (1934 - 2011)

Emily F. (Moderator)
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We received this from author Nancie Atwell today:

Tom Newkirk and I reminisced last week about Peter and Bob. "The thing about those guys," Tom observed, "is that once they took you on, they treated you like a writer."

Peter was my editor for the 1987 version of In the Middle. In those days before e-mail and cheap long-distance, I mailed a chunk of manuscript to him and waited for his reply. His responses to the book were always brief—"Good chapter, Atwell." The rest of the letter consisted of personal news, professional gossip, and, sometimes, one of his poems.

I'd never had an editor or written a book, and Peter's unspoken confidence that I could write, had a book in me, and would finish it was a scaffold I leaned on. He was casual about it, but he cared, and he made me feel like a writer. That was Peter's style.

With one exception, he didn't mess with my emerging voice, although he did save me from embarrassing errors—manilla envelope and stock-and-trade. Our sole disagreement was about the word kid, which I used to break the monotony of student. Peter, who regarded it as a vulgarity, purged my manuscript of every kid and kids and substituted young person and young people. We had a serious debate about this: in one of our rare phone calls, I argued that he made me sound like someone's old granny. Peter caved, but his sensibilities remained offended.

I met Peter in the early 1980's at Bread Loaf, so we were friends before he was my editor. I took the beginnings of In the Middle with me to an NCTE convention, found Peter at the Boynton-Cook booth, and asked him to ask Bob to consider it. He didn't hesitate—told me to meet him at their suite, where a continuous party seemed to be in progress. Bob, in shirtsleeves and stockinged feet, took my manuscript and disappeared into a bedroom. My enduring memory of Peter Stillman is his comforting, cheerful presence as we drank Scotch, watched a closed door together, and waited for my future to begin.

—Nancie Atwell
3/8/2011
Topic:
Parent Information Night

Emily F. (Moderator)
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I'm going to move this thread from the "Start Your Own Discussion Thread" section to the "Fountas and Pinnell" section so that more people interested in LLI issues might see it. Thank you for posting!
3/8/2011
Topic:
recent research on retellings as a comprehension m

Emily F. (Moderator)
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I'm going to move this question from the "Start Your Own Discussion Thread" section to the "Fountas & Pinnell" section so that the Fountas and Pinnell team and others interested in related issues will be sure to see it. Thank you for posting!
3/15/2011
Topic:
Systems of Strategic Actions

Emily F. (Moderator)
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The wheel graphic titled "The Network of Processing Systems for Reading" is available as a PDF on Page 2 of the first handout listed on this page: http://www.heinemann.com/fountasandpinnell/handouts.aspx ("Expert Teaching in Literacy Lessons: Teaching, Prompting, and Reinforcing Problem-Solving Behaviors"). The center part of the wheel is labeled "Systems of Strategic Actions". Is that the graphic you're looking for?
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