English Language Arts (ELA) Support
Our Vision for Literacy
All students engage with culturally responsive and sustaining pedagogy that advances their capacities to read, research, write and speak so they can critique and create a racially just society.
The vision requires educators to:
- develop our own equity literacy
- hone our instructional strategies
- evaluate our curriculum and assessments
PSESD partners with districts to develop educators' capacity to make this vision real for our students.
We are able to work with you and your English Language Arts and Social Studies leaders to construct a professional development program by:
- Meeting with you and your literacy leaders to identify needs as well as areas of interest such as:
- Common Core Standards, skills and instructional shifts
- Smarter Balanced assessments
- Vertical alignment in text complexity, the writing process
- Literacy in the content areas
- Conducting professional development sessions based on district priorities.
- Supporting district leaders and teachers in crafting an assessment system that includes summative, interim and formative assessments.
- Facilitating regional partnerships with districts who are pursuing similar priorities
We are eager to work with you to support your students and teachers as we work to close the opportunity gap in literacy. Please let us know if we can be of service.
Literacy Leaders professional development series invites building and systems literacy leaders in the region to model best practices, share success, strategize about common challenges, and engage in inquiry together. We focus on closing opportunity gaps in English Language Arts and Social Studies by leading with racial equity.
Literacy Leaders is open to district, charter and school leaders whose work focuses on accelerating student literacy. We meet five times throughout the year from 9am to noon. Each convening will focus on leading with equity in literacy, classroom literacy practices, and networking to consult on problems of practice and successes.
Links to register for upcoming meetings can be found in our PSESD ELA Newsletter. Click below to register.
The Fellows are a growing network of Washington state educational leaders who expand their capacity to improve student learning through ongoing professional learning and leadership development within their local context and in partnership with school districts, educational service districts, and community agencies and state organizations.
PSESD English Language Arts Fellows meet four times a year, and our learning focuses on:
- Leading with racial equity
- Learning pedagogy and content knowledge that Fellows can take back to their districts, buildings, or teams
- Developing as teacher leaders
- Creating and enacting an Action Plan
Some of the PSESD ELA Fellows Action Plans include:
- Implement an interim assessment plan to close opportunity gaps in literacy
- Lead grade level teams to vertically align writing rubrics and instruction
- Facilitating a curriculum adoption process with a focus on equity and culturally responsive teaching
- Work with colleague(s) to evaluate representation and inclusion in literacy instruction, including topics of race and social justice.
- Work with grade level teams to analyze student data from common assessments and plan revisions to curriculum and assessments
English Language Arts Fellows is a three-year commitment requiring school &/or district leader sponsorship. We meet at PSESD for a full day four times a year.
ELA Fellows applications open in the spring of each year. Please visit the OSPI Fellows Network website for more information.