Wayland Public Schools believe that literacy is the foundation upon which a child‟s education is built. The ability to read and express one’s thoughts is essential in all curriculum areas. Research demonstrates that success in early literacy is related to having a balanced approach that recognizes that there is no single method that will be effective for all children. Implementing a balanced approach to literacy instruction will help all children reach their full potential in literacy development. This instruction is characterized by: using on-going assessment to inform instruction; differentiating instruction based on assessment data; explicit teaching of reading and writing strategies; and providing extensive time for students to read and write.
Students will develop proficiency in reading and writing by engaging in rich, frequent, and meaningful literacy tasks. As a result of explicit teaching and experiences with a range of appropriately matched texts, students will become more effective readers and writers. Writing experiences provide opportunities for writers to explore different genres to find their voices. Students will regularly complete writing assignments that exhibit clear thinking and organization, good development through appropriate details, creative solutions for rhetorical problems, and awareness of standard grammar and usage. Through individual and group activities, students will build a literate community where readers and writers can take risks, solve problems, and construct shared meaning.