The English Language Arts Department develops, communicates and engages stakeholders in key literacy priorities and initiatives. The department builds educators' knowledge of standards, curriculum and evidence-based practices through the planning and facilitation of professional learning and leadership team meetings. The department also facilitates ongoing research and evidence-based reflection and decision-making; provides high-quality curricular materials and resources to increase alignment and consistency across schools; and provides guidance, support and evaluation to school-based literacy coaches.
- Implement a common grades 6-8 curriculum with ongoing professional learning; implement a common grades 3-8 interim writing assessments’ and launch a literacy curriculum review process for grades 3-5.
- Launch and provide professional learning to support effective (K-2) administration of new mCLASS screener.
- Increase the alignment and partnership between literacy coaches and interventionists through regularly scheduled meetings and professional learning opportunities.
- Ensure completion of LETRS (module 1) by all JK-5 special-ed, SEI and interventionist teachers, and all JK-2 classroom teachers; and ensure that all elementary coaches complete LETRS facilitator training.
- Ensure robust systems of accountability and support within the ELA Department.
- Provide family/caregiver and educator resources related to the use of i-Ready personalized instruction to increase usage among target populations (students performing 2+ grades below benchmark based on the BOY diagnostic assessment).