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Literacy/English Language Arts

The K-12 Literacy/English Language Arts program is designed to develop our students’ proficiency as readers, writers, listeners, speakers and viewers in alignment with the Connecticut Core Standards, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English.  Our district literacy promise is characterized by the following principles:

  • Engage all learners in supportive environments where academic discourse is encouraged.
  • Ensure that resources and instructional practices are culturally responsive to our diverse student body.
  • Adhere to a coherent common language of instruction that includes core instructional strategies across content areas to meet the needs of all students, including multilingual learners and students with special needs in whole group, small group, and individualized instruction. 
  • Differentiate tier 1 instruction in accordance with the diverse strengths and areas for growth of our learners as evidenced by a data-driven decision-making process. 
  • Provide intervention when students require additional support beyond core instruction to accelerate achievement and close gaps in their literacy development. 
  • Utilize our vertically articulated ELA curriculum that is aligned with the Connecticut Core Standards with matched formative assessments to support rigor and relevant learning.
  • Set high expectations for all learners through a gradual release of responsibility model within a multi-tiered system of support.
  • Monitor the delivery of high-quality instructional practices through support from school and district administrators. 
  • Strive to prepare all students to be successful in the 21st century digital world to be self-reliant and effective in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity that will serve them well in college and career while fostering a lifelong love of literacy and learning.  

Strive to prepare all students to be successful in the 21st century digital world to be self-reliant and effective in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity that will serve them well in college and career while fostering a lifelong love of literacy and learning.