Dr. Pat Cunningham


Office: Tribble A2D
Email: cunninpm@wfu.edu
Phone: 336-758-5583

Dr. Pat Cunningham is a professor of education at Wake Forest University, where she teaches undergraduate courses in literacy and communications for elementary students, a course on exceptional children, and an elementary school curriculum course. She also supervises elementary student teachers. Prior to teaching at Wake Forest, she taught first and fourth grades and was a reading specialist and director of reading for a county school system. Her particular interest has always been finding alternative ways to teach children for whom learning to read is difficult.

Academic Appointments

Professor of Elementary Education


Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1974
M.Ed., Florida State University, 1968
B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1965

Past Professional Experiences

Director of Reading, Alamance County, N.C. Schools
Reading Specialist, Indiana State University Laboratory School
Curriculum Coordinator, Leon County Florida Schools
First and Fourth Grade Teacher

EDU 205: Developing Literacy and Communication Skills in Elementary Schools
EDU 250: Student Teaching/Seminar: Elementary
EDU 293: Elementary School Curriculum
EDU 312: Teaching Exceptional Children

Patricia M. Cunningham & James W. Cunningham. It Is About Time for Comprehensive Language Arts Instruction (We’ve Tried Everything Else!). In Diane Lapp & Douglas Fisher (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts (4th ed.). New York: Routledge, 2018, 384-409.

Patricia M. Cunningham. Phonics They Use: Words for Reading and Writing. New York: Harper Collins, l991. 7th Edition published in 2017.

Patricia M. Cunningham & Richard L. Allington. Classrooms that Work: They Can All Read and Write. New York: Harper Collins, l994. 6th Edition published in 2015.

Patricia M. Cunningham & James W. Cunningham. Teaching Common Core English Language Arts Standards. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, 2015

Patricia M. Cunningham & James W. Cunningham. What Principals Need to Know about Teaching and Learning Reading. Bloomington: Solution Tree Press, 2013.

The Instructional Supportiveness of Text for Elementary Reading Instruction. Literacy Research Association, Carlsbad, CA, December 2, 2015

Combatting Morphophobia: Teaching Strategies for Decoding, Spelling and Building Meanings for Big Words. International Literacy Association, St. Louis, July 17, 2015.

When it Comes to Making a Difference, Nothing Beats a Good Theory. International Reading Association National Conference, San Antonio April 22, 2013.

What Principals Need to Know about Teaching and Learning Reading. National Association Elementary School Principals National Meeting, Baltimore, July 12, 2013.

A Theory Driven Response to Intervention Approach. National LRA Meeting, Jacksonville, Nov. 30, 2011