The Pelham Public Schools value a literacy-rich environment across the disciplines that provides all students with authentic opportunities to become independent and lifelong readers, writers, speakers, and critical thinkers. We are committed to helping students grow into empathetic, intellectually curious, and informed global citizens who demonstrate strong and effective communication skills in diverse ways. Our programs and instruction foster student voice and encourage choice in student work to promote students’ engagement and develop their creativity. The Pelham Public Schools recognize that, together, we can build a community of learners who gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them through reading and writing and effectively communicate their unique perspectives for the betterment of our democratic society and interdependent world.
(Vision Statement Adopted by the K-12 District Literacy Committee May 2018)
How We Teach Literacy
Literacy instruction in the Pelham Public Schools incorporates research-based practices, direct instruction and student exploration within a workshop model. The explicit instruction includes teacher modeling or demonstration, followed by guided practice and an opportunity for student work time. Ongoing assessment of student learning allows for instructional differentiation to support students in whole group, small group or individually. Our program incorporates:
Reading Workshop: provides opportunities for direct instruction in phonics, phonological awareness, and reading strategies, student work time, shared reading, guided reading and read aloud.
Writing Workshop: provides opportunities for direct instruction in authors' craft and style, student work time, shared writing and interactive writing.
Word Study: instruction focuses on and develops a curiosity of spelling patterns, word meaning and conventions alongside direct teacher instruction.
The goal for all students is to develop strong foundational skills and the habits of lifelong readers and writers.