Language Arts: Elementary
In the 21st Century, our most compelling challenge is to prepare students with the literacy foundation needed to contribute locally and globally, deepen their skills as thinkers, and develop their intrinsic desire to read and write in order to achieve their goals. If we are to meet this challenge, we must provide students with significant opportunities to engage with and respond to rich texts that reflect the diverse backgrounds and experiences of every student.
In order for students to view themselves as readers and writers, we must create a culture that celebrates the foundational role that literacy plays in lifelong learning.
In order to best support educators, purposeful, evidence‐based, ongoing literacy professional development is key to improving the methods, practices and strategies that effectively address student literacy needs. Teachers must have quality resources to deepen their knowledge, instructional skills, and cultural competency to effectively meet the needs of our diverse student population. Additionally, teachers need time to collaborate with colleagues at all levels, as well as opportunities to review, design, curate, and share exemplars.
Ultimately, successful literacy education is achieved through a partnership among all stakeholders: teachers, students and their families, school, and the community. The task of the Beaverton School District, then, is to foster a thoughtful climate in which all students are valued for their diversity, supported in their literacy development, motivated, and challenged to continue learning throughout their lives.
The current ELA curriculum was adopted by the School Board on May 16, 2016. The adoption process followed the procedures outlined in the Instructional Materials Selection Administrative Regulation II/IIA-AR.