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Pre K-12 Literacy

Mission:

Provide all PreK-12 teachers with effective instructional strategies for literacy that will enable every student to interact successfully with various texts and audiences as they become 21st century readers, writers, speakers, listeners, and consumers of digital media.

Goal:

  • Cultivate skilled teachers who empower their students as oral and written communicators and analytical thinkers
  • Positively impact graduation cohort
  • Improve overall literacy proficiency in the district 

Reading:

We provide reading instruction in the elementary, middle, and high school, that incorporates the deliberate and explicit teaching of reading skills and strategies that enable students to read with understanding. The focus for elementary grades is to build the foundational skills necessary for students to engage in an independent way with text.  Through daily instructional practices, students receive targeted focused instruction around the following five areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension.  Students are taught active reading strategies to self monitor their reading and these strategies are continued into the secondary level.  As students move into the middle grades, teachers continue to model the use of active reading strategies to help students become more proficient readers.   High school focuses on comprehension, critical thinking, and problem solving through the use of a variety of literary genres.  Teaching all students to read and think critically is our goal as we prepare students to be successful in school and in life.


Writing:

We provide writing instruction in the elementary, middle and high school, that incorporates explicit teaching skills and strategies that enable students to write effectively for any purpose and intended audience. In the early grades, teachers provide instruction in writing skills through writer workshops that teach the processes of writing: prewriting, writing, revising, editing, and publishing . In middle and high school, students focus on the following features of writing: focus support and elaboration, organization, style (word choice and sentence fluency), and conventions, to expand and refine their written communication skills. This ongoing writing instruction, at every grade level and the use of writing in every content area, will enable our students to successfully complete all requirements of the Graduation Project.  As our students become strategic and independent communicators in both oral and written communication skills, they will be better prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.

Everybody reads; everybody writes