A balanced approach to literacy development builds the foundation of knowledge for strategic reading, writing and critical thinking. Students need to read, write, think and speak every day in all content areas. All teachers are responsible for exposing students to rich literacy experiences. Consistent use of authentic texts, multimedia and real world application supports student engagement. In order to be 21st century learners and leaders, students must engage in communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. During the 2017-2018 school year the Griffin-Spalding County School System K-12 classrooms implemented the first year of the Balanced Literacy Plan. This plan establishes the framework for Literacy instruction in K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) classrooms.
Rigorous Curriculum Design
GSCS has implemented a three-year process to create curriculum guides using the Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD) model. RCD is the district’s redesigned approach to delivering and monitoring instruction that directly affects student achievement, while cultivating “in-house” ownership of the curricula. With this model, teachers are able to focus on performance data to align lessons to meet their students’ needs, and administrators will be engaged in RCD data monitoring to ensure full implementation. GSCS currently offers curriculum guides for English Language Arts, Math and Science, and will add additional content areas over the next two years. RCD provides rigorous and relevant learning opportunities to improve student engagement in the classrooms, with the goal of preparing them for college, career and lifelong success. Click HERE to watch the RCD video.
Zero To Five
The Zero to Five Initiative aims to identify, prioritize and partner with local daycares, pre-schools, agencies and organizations to address the needs of children from birth to age five. Using researched-based developmentally appropriate learning experiences, GSCS will provide training and materials to local providers to help them prepare young learners for a successful, seamless transition to a formal prekindergarten or kindergarten class.