Language arts at Beecher Road School supports and nurtures each child’s right to reach their individual potential and to experience the joy of accomplishment. Adhering to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), while implementing a workshop model, the Woodbridge School District has set a goal of preparing every student to be a highly successful and independent reader, writer, critical thinker, and problem solver by the end of sixth grade. For more information about the CCSS, visit: http://www.corestandards.org/
The English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. The standards are designed to be rigorous and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers in a global economy.
Literacy is the foundation of learning in all disciplines at Beecher Road School. Our program provides balanced literacy and communication through the developmental process of reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as acquiring language. This is accomplished through the workshop model. Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop allows students to benefit from self-selection and self-pacing. The teacher models exemplary reading strategies and supports whole class and small group conversations. Students learn to explore, understand, and respond to literature on many levels.
Through individualized on-going assessment, the classroom teacher determines each child’s instructional need(s) and adjusts instruction accordingly. The language arts center teachers collaborate in the planning and implementation of balanced literacy. The workshop model provides for differentiation to meet the needs of all students. When there is a need for additional support, the Connecticut State Department of Education requires a process known as Scientific Research-Based Intervention (SRBI) as a way to provide the student with appropriate instruction. Through this process, a child’s progress is studied and findings are used to make decisions about teaching and other learning supports.