Gay Su Pinnell is a professor 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 the International Reading Association’s Albert J. Harris Award for research in reading, as well as the Ohio Governor’s Award for education. She also received the Charles A. Dana Foundation Award, given for pioneering contributions in the fields of health and education. She is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. With Irene Fountas, she is coauthor 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). She also has coauthored Systems for Change: A Guide to Professional Development, with Carol Lyons. Her most recent books are in a three-volume set, Phonics Lessons: Letters, Words, and How They Work, for Grades K–2.
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