Summer Office Hours
For an eight-week period from June 11 – August 3, all District schools and the Administration Center for Education will be open Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays. In addition, District offices will be closed July 4 in honor of Independence Day. 

The Administration Center for Education will be open to the public from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hours at the individual schools will vary. Due to limited office staff during this time, please contact the school to confirm someone will be available to assist you when planning your visit.  Click here for a phone directory. 

English Language Arts

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Benchmark Literacy is a research-proven reading program that is aligned to new State Standards and empowers both experienced teachers and beginning teachers to provide high-quality core reading instruction. The program includes:

  • 30 weeks of explicit comprehension-focused lessons for the whole class, small groups, and intervention
  • Assessment-driven instruction that is differentiated and includes responding to text
  • Gradual release and built-in choice that support student progress and teacher creativity
  • Precisely leveled texts for your full range of students, including ELs and striving readers
  • Leveled Reader's Theater and diverse genres that engage students and extend learning
  • Research-based resources and professional development that have been proven effective
  • Interactive technology that motivates student learning, involvement, and excellence

Benchmark Literacy places a strong emphasis on reading comprehension and supports all of the daily components of high-quality reading instruction such as:

Assessment
The Assessment Toolkit gives each teacher the formal and informal assessments needed to determine instructional needs and evaluate ongoing progress.

Interactive Read-Aloud Strategies
Benchmark Literacy's Teacher's Resource Systems provide read-aloud lessons and suggestions for trade books to use when modeling metacognitive strategies.

Whole Group Mini-Lessons
Big books, mentor texts on posters, and leveled Reader's Theater scripts provide the contexts for modeling and teaching literacy strategies and skills.

Differentiated Small-Group/Guided Reading
Precisely leveled texts introduce fiction and nonfiction text features developmentally, enabling students to practice and apply strategies they are learning.

Independent Reading
While the teacher provides small-group instruction, other students in the class are reading fiction or nonfiction titles, or practicing fluency passages.

Phonics and Word Study
Explicit lessons and hands-on tools provide systematic instruction that builds developmentally and teaches students our language and its components.

Writing
Engage students with shared writing experiences, help to establish the reading/writing connection, and provide opportunities for constructed response.

Professional Development
From product in-services to job-embedded coaching, train-the-trainer modules and webinars, customized training accelerates and supports implementation.

Interactive Technology
Interactive whiteboard resources, e-books, online assessments, and a free teacher resource site facilitate instruction and make it engaging.

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