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Elementary Literacy Adoption

During this elementary literacy adoption, a team of teachers and staff will survey parents and teachers, review evidence-based practices and instructional materials to make recommendations for integrating new instructional materials into a comprehensive literacy program aligned to the Common Core Standards for Elementary Language Arts

Elementary Literacy Adoption Process Elements

  • Making Meaning (Comprehension Strategies)
  • Fountas and Pinnell Phonics
  • Work Study based on Words Their Way
  • Benchmark Bookroom Materials
  • Good Habits, Great Readers, Bookroom Materials
  • Lucy Calkins Units of Study in Narrative, Informational and Opinion Writing
  • Handwriting Without Tears

The Comprehensive Literacy curriculum review and material selection will result in the following:

  1. A revised Scope and Sequence for Elementary Literacy to include K-5 Reading and Writing instruction aligned to state language/literacy standards 
  2. Recommended instructional materials and instructional practices for Literacy which includes Reading, Writing and Grammar 
  3. Recommended Elementary Literacy Curriculum: Reading and Writing K-5 

Decisions will be made with the following factors in mind: 

  • Student Learning – Support rigorous, effective and efficient student learning.  
  • High Leverage Practices (HLPs) – Align with identified HLPs for tiered instruction explicitly linked to the teaching framework.  
  • Continuum of Support – Support Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for student learning needs at all achievement levels and learning profiles.   
  • Equity Framework – Ensure recommendations are consistent with the ISD Equity Framework 
  • Culturally Responsive – Reflect the multiple cultural perspectives required of American and global citizenship. 
  • Curriculum Coherence and Integration– Support consistent pedagogy and essential learning outcomes throughout the district, within and between each grade level, across content areas, ensuring equitable outcomes for ALL. 
  • Standards Based – Support comprehensive literacy practices, learning and assessment as described in the Common Core Standards and guidance on literacy from Washington State (OSPI).   Support standards of teaching practices described in the Danielson Framework for Teaching.    
  • Collaboration – Form meaningful partnerships that foster collaborative work among schools, teachers, principals, parents, students, and education professionals. Together, partners will collaborate around data-based decisions and recommendations to improve student learning.  
  • Assessment & Data-Based Decision Making – Adopts comprehensive assessments that provide screening, progress monitoring and benchmark data to inform instruction and program decision. 

The Literacy Adoption will be broken into 3 phases:

Phase 1: Review, select and implement tiered instructional materials for Reading Foundational Skills standards.

Phase 2: Review and selection of instructional materials for remaining Reading standards and Writing / Language standards.

  • Review and select reading and writing instructional materials together to ensure a cohesive and comprehensive literacy program and explore opportunities for integration of reading and writing instruction. This does not preclude selection of separate reading and writing programs.
  • Propose an implementation plan. The current default plan would be to implement reading first in the fall of 2023, then writing two years later in the fall of 2025.

Phase 3: Implementation of Reading and Writing instructional materials.


Elementary Literacy: Phase 1 Adoption

Elementary Literacy: Phase 2 Adoption