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English Language Arts (ELA) Support

The Literacy Program at Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) works in partnership with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Regional Literacy Cadre from the eight other ESD regions and school districts to provide services that support access to high quality, effective literacy learning experiences for all students through a racial equity lens. Services and supports include:

DISTRICT LITERACY LEADERS NETWORK: PSESD facilitates network meetings to provide opportunity for cross-district collaboration and learning about current evidence-based research and best instructional practices in English Language Arts instruction and assessment. Along with updates on current state and federal initiatives, participants review professional resources and discuss ways to utilize these in their home districts.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS FELLOWS: Washington State Fellows are selected teacher leaders from the disciplines of Math, Science, Early Learning, Equity or ELA who work, learn and collaborate with a regional cadre through the school year. The mission of the ELA Fellows is to develop leadership skills, increase understanding of adult learning theory and build content knowledge in order to develop skills to lead professional learning at their sites to implement identified school or district literacy action plans.  ELA Fellows use their professional learning to support their school districts.  Thus supporting the school district’s implementation of the Washington State Learning Standards for English Language Arts (Common Core).

HIGHLY CAPABLE NETWORK: The PSESD Highly Capable Network strives to support and provide collaborative learning opportunities for teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, parents and private schools, to assist in the development of comprehensive learning programs for all, K-12, students that are identified as highly capable.  We partner with OSPI and the University of Washington to equip educators with relevant and applicable information that scaffolds the fulfillment of the state’s Highly Capable initiatives and Pre-K to Grade 12 Gifted Program Standards, as outlined in the WAC 392-170-012.

The ELA Program Manager leads work, BRIDGE TO COLLEGE ENGLISH courses, designed by Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), that are developed for high school students with an interest in college and career readiness by building skills in critical reading, academic writing, speaking and listening, research and inquiry, and language use as defined by the Common Core State Standards.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: The PSESD English Language Arts Program Manager is available to partner with districts to provide professional learning, coaching and technical support. Support is customized to equip districts with identified needs aimed at impactful implementation of evidenced-based practices in literacy instruction and improved student learning.  Possible topics include: Active Implementation Science; Culturally Responsive Teaching; Formative Assessment; Foundations of Early Literacy; Smarter Balanced Assessment for ELA; Academic Vocabulary; Text Complexity and Close Reading; Unpacking the Standards to Align Instruction and Assessment; and Reading, Writing Speaking Based on Evidence.

Learn more including links to resources and updates on professional learning opportunities:

ELA Program Strategies

PSESD Corelaborate Site

OSPI Literacy Department

ELA Common Core State Standards

WA State Literacy

WA State Comprehensive Literacy Plan

ELA Menu of Best Practices and Strategies


Dr. LaWonda Smith
ELA Program Manager