Union-Endicott has adopted a unified, comprehensive framework to improve reading, writing and language skills of its elementary children - Literacy Collaborative. The key element of this program is long-term professional development. Each school has Literacy Collaborative coordinators who are trained in research-based methods of instruction and provide continuing professional development within their buildings.
Implementation of a Literacy Collaborative framework has proven to greatly benefit children's literacy achievement across a wide range of diverse school populations. A large-scale federally-funded study found that Literacy Collaborative raises rates of literacy learning by 38% over a three-year period.
The Literacy Collaborative framework addresses the essential elements of effective English Language Arts (ELA) instruction, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Additionally, Literacy Collaborative includes a wide range of language and literacy experiences, increased access to literature, a print-rich classroom environment, instructional focus that builds on motivation and interest in reading and writing, and home-school connections.
In our classrooms, you will see a student-centered learning environment: an increased amount of student writing, quality children's literature, poetry, student created reference charts, large and small groups of children working together and teams of teachers and administrators working collaboratively to make decisions in the best interest of students. For more information about Literacy Collaborative click here to view their website