Gay Su Pinnell is a professor emerita in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She has extensive experience in classroom teaching and field-based research, and has developed and implemented comprehensive approaches to literacy education. She received her PhD in language and literacy education from The Ohio State University in 1975. She has worked extensively in clinical tutoring and early intervention for young struggling readers. She has been principle investigator for two large-scale research projects, one utilizing a randomized design.
She received the International Reading Association’s Albert J. Harris Award for research in reading difficulties. She also received the Ohio Governor’s Award for contributions to literacy education. She received the Charles A. Dana Foundation Award, given for pioneering contributions in the fields of health and education. She received the 2016 Alumni Award from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame.
With Irene Fountas, she is co-author of “Guided Reading: Good First Teaching for All Children” (1996), “Matching Books to Readers: Using Leveled Books in Guided Reading, K-3” (1999), “Word Matters: Teaching Phonics and Spelling in the Reading/Writing classroom” (1998), “Help America Read: A Handbook for Volunteers” (1997), “Interactive Writing: How Language & Literacy come Together, K-2” (2000); and “Guiding Readers & Writers, Grades 3-6” (2000). Fountas and Pinnell have also published a four-volume set, “Phonics Lessons: Letters, Words, and How They Work,” for kindergarten, first, second, and third grades as well as “Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency, Grades K-8: Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Reading.”
She co-authored “Systems for Change: A Guide to Professional Development,” with Carol Lyons. She has published “When Readers Struggle: Teaching that Works” and also created the Leveled Literacy Intervention System, which offers guides and original children’s books for at-risk literacy learners in grades K through 12. Her newest publications are “The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum” (Expanded Edition), “Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching for All Children” and “The Fountas & Pinnell Comprehensive Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Guide.”