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.
- An overlooked key to success? Teaching teachers how to teach reading 07/27/2017As Vice Principal at Gordon Denny Community School, I was part of the leadership team that led our transition to a school-wide literacy model. At the time, 32 percent of our students were testing below grade level in literacy. Once we assessed the situation we learned, as so many schools do, that a large part […]Reading Rockets
- Reading, Writing & Eclipse-Watching: How We Got Our Students Excited About Aug. 21 07/27/2017As educators, when we heard about the total solar eclipse that will cross the continental U.S. on Aug. 21, we realized that we were in the privileged position to help our students learn about and experience a phenomenon that rarely occurs in our backyard! We decided to help our students become eclipse experts so they […]Reading Rockets
- 13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy 07/27/2017How can educators teach elementary and middle school students to be critical consumers of news and media? We asked media literacy experts—teachers and librarians—for their best tips. Here’s what they had to say. Tip 1: Give them the vocabulary. “Much of media literacy exists in an abstract space, so I teach my youngest students the […]Reading Rockets