Early Childhood English Language Arts
In developing and defining a plan to ensure early literacy success for all children, it is essential to focus on practices grounded in research. Richland School District One and The Office of Early Childhood Education’s framework for English Language Arts instruction is the Balanced Literacy Model. Balanced Literacy is grounded in the belief that across grade levels and content areas, all students can learn to read and write effectively through universal and consistent implementation of best practices.
Our literacy framework incorporates the philosophies and research of Lev Vygotsky, Irene Fountas, Gay Su Pinnell, Lucy Calkins and colleagues of the Teacher College Reading and Writing Project. Richland School District One’s instructional framework consists of 5 dimensions of Teaching and Learning, identified as; planning, teaching, engagement, environment, and assessment.