Choosing a New ELA Curriculum
EMCSD teachers are taking on the job of determining which new English Language Arts/English Language Development curriculum will best meet the needs of their students. While definitely a challenging task, and one they haven’t tackled since the last adoption in 2003, this valuable process is essential to choosing materials that will help students meet the expectations of the California Common Core State Standards and be prepared for high school, college and beyond.
Twenty-four teachers of kindergarten through 8th grades and district personnel began the adoption process in September, even before the list of approved publishers was released. They prepared themselves by reviewing the standards and studying the publishers’ criteria. Joined by parent volunteers, they listened to presentations about the new programs from publishers on the approved list. They participated in pilot teacher training, primed their students for their part in the process and are currently working through the challenges of trying out two completely new language arts programs, each for a four-week period. These dedicated professionals are taking on this work all while conducting parent conferences, filling out reports of student progress, preparing students to take the upcoming SBAC assessment, and, don’t forget, teaching!
All of that hard work will pay off in April when the task force comes back together and determines the most appropriate curriculum for the students of EMCSD. Once approved by the School Board, materials will be ordered and summer days will be spent planning engaging learning experiences around these new materials. We are confident that our new curriculum will support and enrich the education of all of our students!