Belief: In CSISD, we believe that literacy education should prepare generations of lifelong readers and writers. Through professional development and research-based instructional methods, we aim to provide curriculum that advocates for the development of readers and writers in preparation for real world experiences.
Practices: *We utilize a workshop approach designed to offer access to curriculum for all students including: -Direct instruction with modeling -Independent reading and writing -Conferring -Small Group *We value individualized instruction that has an emphasis on balanced literacy through the workshop approach, which supports language development for students including ELLs. *We believe conferring and small group work should be assessment based and responsive to student progress and needs. *We value and promote collegial conversations in a collaborative culture to encourage the use of best practices through shared learning experiences. *We believe in high volume, high interest, daily independent reading. This builds fluency, comprehension, and confidence which in turn, creates lifelong readers. *We value supporting students in building a knowledge-base through non-fiction reading. *We expose students to a variety of comprehension strategies in order to build a repertoire of skills to use in an authentic reading experience. *We value frequent and meaningful interactive read-alouds to give readers access to books and thinking, which builds a motivation to read and possess an inner dialogue. Mentor texts establish flexibility in thinking, motivation, and engagement across content areas. *We aim to incorporate the foundational phonics skills within a balanced literacy curriculum so that students apply these skills in authentic texts. *We support an emphasis on daily high volume protected writing time and foster an enjoyment in the writing process to develop lifelong writers. *We engage students in acquiring rich and meaningful vocabulary across all content areas.