Our Work

Literacy Collaborative is a comprehensive school literacy program based on the award-winning work of early reading experts Dr. Irene Fountas and Dr. Gay Su Pinnell.

Proven Outcomes

Research findings highlight Literacy Collaborative's positive effect on literacy teaching, student learning and achievement, and school literacy culture. More »

Common Core Standards

Literacy Collaborative aligns with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, and meets the requirements of Response to Intervention (RTI). More »

Professional Development

Beginning with literacy coach training, our model delivers a school leadership team who drive engagement, implementation, and measurement. More »

From the Blog

Supporting Independent Learning

Donald Graves has said, “It is the learners’ perception of who they are and what they can do that has the greatest effect on what they can learn.”  This is at the forefront of my mind as I make decisions in the classroom. Everyone has a movie playing in their mind; a movie that tells us who we are, what we are capable of, and what we will do each day. Teachers help students to ‘write’ scripts that put them in the position of power and control over their learning. One way that we can support students’ “perception of who they are and what they can do” is to build environments that cultivate and nurture independent learning.

A classroom environment where students are engaging in inquiry, setting goals for themselves, and reflecting on the choices they are making empowers students to be in control of their learning.

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Thought Leadership

Literacy Collaborative is a nationally recognized, comprehensive school literacy model based on the award-winning work by reading experts Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell in collaboration with teachers and university teams at The Ohio State University and Lesley University. More About Us »

Since 1986, the Collaborative has partnered with schools and school districts to improve the reading, writing and language skills of children in grades K-8.

Our nationally recognized, research-based instructional method helps increase student achievement, empower teachers, and develop school cultures that are "rich in books and words."

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Contact one of our regional training sites to learn how Literacy Collaborative can partner with you and your school.