English Language Arts/Reading
In developing literacy in reading, writing, listening and speaking, the District promotes initiatives that enhance student, staff and parent supports across content area instruction in all schools. The English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum empowers student learning in preparation for post-secondary studies and work. Yonkers ELA curriculum aligns with the New York State Common Core Learning Standards, preparing students for the State Testing Program and graduation requirements. Students develop literacy skills for information and understanding, response and expression, critical analysis and evaluation, and social interaction.
The Literacy programs provide opportunities for professional development, curriculum development, and parental involvement, before, during and after school, including Saturday programming; all of which contribute to systemic reform that supports diversity and equity.
Literacy initiatives include but are not limited to: comprehensive districtwide professional development in reading strategies; the implementation of a balanced core literacy program in the elementary grades; anthologies and required literature in the secondary grades and instructional alignment to New York State Common Core Standards and Assessments. District Summer Reading Lists provide choice and guidance for encouraging reading for enjoyment.
For further information:
Literacy/English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies