Pam Allyn

Advocate for Every Child, Every Reader, and Every Story

On September 26, 2018, Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, welcomed Pam Allyn as Senior Vice President of Innovation & Development, Scholastic Education.

In this newly created role, Pam will serve as a key expert for Scholastic Education, providing ideas and feedback to editorial, publishing, and marketing staff based on best practices and insights from classrooms around the world. She will also partner with school districts to support literacy initiatives and speak at events—from professional development trainings to industry conferences—where she will share the importance of a focused approached to reading and writing instruction that brings joy to student learning while supporting educators.

Throughout her career, Pam has served as an advocate: a champion for kids and young people, a teacher of teachers, an author, and an education entrepreneur. She created Books for Boys (widely replicated reading initiative for foster care kids, launched in 1990),  LitLife (groundbreaking teacher training initiative, launched in 2001), and LitWorld (renowned global literacy movement serving children across the United States and 60 countries, launched in 2007). She passionate advocate for innovation in education and in building start ups that grow up to change the world.

Awards and Honors:

The Children's Village Legacy of Service Award
The Bush Institute Women's Initiative Fellowship Mentor
The Scholastic Literacy Champion Award
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow in Racial Equity and Healing
Brock International Prize in Education Finalist
Teachers College Columbia University Distinguished Alumni Award


Good Morning America, The Today Show, NBC News, Oprah Radio, The Huffington Post, CNN International, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, Real Simple, Parenting Magazine.

Joyous Obsessions:

Daughters, husband, and dog, Dewey. Reading. Walking anywhere, but especially in cities. Music, especially when writing (Natalie Merchant, Maren Morris, Jason Isbell, Lijadu Sisters and the king: Neil Young.) Reading, anywhere, anytime, especially at 2:00 a.m… (Lately anything about mortality, anything written by female comedians, and poems about journeys.)