Notice of Public Viewing of NUSD English Language Arts Materials: Lucy Calkins Units of Study in Reading Final Board Approval of Adoption Scheduled for May 22, 2018

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Notice of Public Viewing of NUSD English Language Arts Materials: Lucy Calkins Units of Study in Reading Final Board Approval of Adoption Scheduled for May 22, 2018

Notice of Public Viewing of NUSD English Language Arts Materials:
Lucy Calkins Units of Study in Reading
Final Board Approval of Adoption Scheduled for May 22, 2018

Materials are available for public viewing at the District Office, Room 203. Please contact Emily Hudson at 415-897-4269 or at [email protected] to schedule a viewing date and time.

Background

On December 20, 2016, the Board of Trustees granted approval for the The ELA Advisory Committee to review, evaluate, and pilot English Language Arts program materials as part of the adoption process for our district. This began an eighteen month collaboration between teachers, principals, instructional coaches, program consultants, and district leadership to identify a comprehensive program that meets the diverse learning needs of all our students, incorporates California state standards, and aligns with current district initiatives. After a comprehensive pilot process, the ELA Advisory Committee strongly recommended the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Teaching Reading and supporting program components for adoption because of the many program strengths identified below.

Overview of Reader’s Workshop

The Units of Study for Teaching Reading offer a framework for teaching that:

  • Provides a comprehensive, cross-grade curriculum in which skills are introduced, developed, and deepened
  • Supports explicit instruction in reading skills and strategies and offers extended time for reading
  • Provides strategic performance assessments to help teachers monitor progress, provide feedback, and help students set clear goals for their reading work
  • This program offers grade-by-grade curricula in reading designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards. Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders in schools, think tanks, and advanced Institute sections, the new reading series is rooted in the Project’s best practices and newest thinking. The series includes state-of-the-art charts and tools, methods for teaching reading, and will be undergirded by the Project’s learning progressions in reading for literature and informational texts. TCRWP Website

Program Strengths

Differentiation

  • Balance of instructional strategies: whole, small, partner, individual, group, shared/interactive
  • Student centered daily lessons and student interest guides instructional decisions
  • Student voice and choice in reading materials and strategies, increases engagement & language acquisition
  • Explicit teaching of reading strategies and strong reading practices
  • Running records for to identify student’s reading levels and track progress on both fluency and comprehension
  • Lots of opportunities for differentiation & flexible grouping for all reading levels and strategies
  • Students reading at their level & interests independently meaningful discourse
  • Many opportunities for meaningful student discourse, partner collaboration and communication
  • Authentic discussion/Conferences (daily) with students is part of the program

Meaningful Writing

  • Connected to our Writers Workshop Units of Study writing program (currently used in NUSD K-5)
  • Literacy notebooks (response to literature)
  • High motivation to read/write

Relevance

  • Mentor text/and shared reading using multicultural texts
  • Real life applications
  • Connected to other content areas

“This series builds on decades of teaching and research—in literally tens of thousands of schools. In states across the country, this curriculum has already given young people extraordinary power, not only as readers, but also as thinkers. When young people are explicitly taught the skills and strategies of proficient reading and are invited to live as richly literate people do, carrying books everywhere, bringing reading into every nook and corner of their lives, the results are dramatic.” Lucy Calkins

Research

Timeline

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