Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell: 7 Strengths for Reading Success

Reading, writing, and arithmetic… For generations, that’s what we’ve been told students need. But what do they truly need to be successful in those subjects, other subjects, and life? They need strength, in all its forms.

In their work, Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell focus on seven strengths designed to help all children, regardless of their background, become and remain successful: belonging, curiosity, friendship, kindness, confidence, courage, and hope. Pam is founding director of LitWorld, a global literacy initiative that serves children across the United States and in more than 60 countries. Ernest is Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a former President of the National Council of Teachers of English. Together, they have written a book that shows teachers how to use the 7 strengths as a foundational model for their literacy curriculum. Every Child a Super Reader combines research, anecdotes, activities, and advice, giving teachers the background they need to transform every student into a committed, compassionate, and resilient learner.

Curious to learn more? Here are some links:

A video showcasing the important work of LitWorld, Pam"s global literacy initiative.

A fascinating interview with Ernest that appeared in NCTE’s English Journal

A roundup of Pam’s Huffington Post articles—a treasure trove of information and inspiration for educators everywhere.

"How Reading Made Me Strong," Pam's essay on the mighty influence of books in her life, from Open a World of Possible: Real Stories About the Joy and Power of Reading