What is the Science of Reading?
The Science of Reading is a body of empirical research regarding what works in literacy instruction. It emphasizes elements of both Word Recognition & Language Comprehension, which ultimately lead to Reading Comprehension. Based on the research, for anyone to become a skilled reader, from Kindergarten through Adulthood, proficiency in both Word Recognition and Language Comprehension need to be secure.
Why we're shifting our approach now
Elmbrook’s commitment to continuous improvement is evidenced by its 5-year review cycle of all curriculum and regular use of data to drive decision making. Based on our early assessment of pandemic learning loss data, a Literacy Team was created in January 2022, to identify short- and long-term solutions regarding literacy instruction. One recommendation from the Team’s work was the acceleration of the K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum review, which was conducted one year ahead of schedule and resulted in the proposal of new curriculum and resources incorporating a science-based reading approach to literacy in 2023.
What our current programming did well...
- Produced high achievement results in District Pre K-12.
- Embraced high expectations for every learner.
- Provided high quality and responsive learning opportunities.
- Leveraged a comprehensive assessment and feedback system to meet student needs.
- Designed and engaged staff in robust professional learning opportunities.
How our enhanced programming will address gaps...
Integration of Standards
- Materials are comprehensive and aligned to the Wisconsin Standards for English Language Arts across all ELA domains (foundational skills, reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening)
Systemic & Responsive Instruction
- Resources and training to diagnose specific learning needs along with targeted instruction to be responsive to those learning needs
- We have explicit and systematic instruction of foundational skills for ALL of our early learners
Assessment & Feedback
- Increased use of rubrics, aligned to the WI Standards for ELA, that are designed for reflection, goal setting, and targeted feedback
Students have greater opportunities to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways