Literacy IN ACTION

Professional learning for staff

  • At an initial 20 schools designated as intensive learning sites for literacy, a dedicated literacy coach will serve as an on-site expert on the district’s literacy curriculum to provide direct support to teacher teams.
  • At all schools, the staff member who serves as the literacy representative will receive additional opportunities for professional learning.
  • Teachers at grades 3 to 5, 6, and 9 will receive focused training on best practices in teaching higher order literacy skills across content areas, including both reading and writing.

Opportunities for Students

Over the course of the year, students will write and perform for real audiences, sharing their work with classmates, family members, and the larger community during the school day and at special family literacy nights. They will be surrounded in schools by print and digital texts of a variety of genres and complexity. In elementary schools, parents will receive resources to encourage reading at home. Districtwide, a series of literacy-focused events—for example, poetry slams, writing contests, spoken word events, and student “TED talks”—will showcase our students and highlight what they can do.

Students prepare for spoken-word performance