Pat Cunningham is a professor of education at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She has a Master’s degree in reading from Florida State University and a Ph. D. in reading from the University of Georgia. Prior to going to the university, Pat taught first and fourth grades and was a reading specialist and director of reading for a county school system. Pat’s particular interest has always been in finding alternative ways to teach children for whom learning to read is difficult. In 1991, she published Phonics they Use: Words for Reading and Writing, which is currently available in its seventh edition. Along with Richard Allington, she published Classrooms that Work and Schools that Work. Her most recent publications include What Principals Need to Know about Teaching and Learning Reading and Teaching Common Core English Language Arts Standards which won the 2015 Golden Lamp Award for Classroom Professional Resources.
- Tips for the Littlest Writers 12/15/2017Does writing still matter? For little ones, absolutely. Pre-writing and writing activities are important skills to master before formalized education begins — and writing is one of the five practices (reading, writing, singing, playing, and talking) recognized by Every Child Ready to Read as a precursor to school success. By writing, I mean all forms […]Reading Rockets
- A new Memphis nonprofit sees training teachers in dyslexia teaching methods as key to closing literacy gap for all 12/15/2017A new nonprofit organization says educators must be better trained to recognize and teach students with learning disorders like dyslexia if they are to raise reading proficiency throughout Memphis. Michelle Gaines and Krista L. Johnson founded ALLMemphis in June to boost overall reading comprehension and fill a gap they see in local classrooms — the […]Reading Rockets
- Martin Walker students experiment to strengthen comprehension 12/15/2017How much of what you read can you actually remember? One Martin Walker Elementary School teacher has a method for helping students truly understand and recall what they are reading. Teacher Angela Thomas plans interactive activities that involve student investigation and first-hand learning to reinforce comprehension. She has students conduct experiments after reading a book. […]Reading Rockets