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.
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