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.
The framework fosters gradual release of responsibility to the students as they receive instruction required to meet grade-level expectations while allowing students to work at a level that is appropriate for their individual growth and achievement. South Carolina College- and Career-Readiness Standards are the foundation for all literacy instruction. The state standards are our guiding force in determining grade level curriculum and learning targets.