English Language Arts K-5
Director of Reading and ELA K-5: Nancy Coppolino
|Fitzgerald||Wendy Darcy; Sabina Steede|
|MacArthur||Maureen Ryan; Elizabeth Uccello|
|Northeast||Judith Araujo; Jennifer Gershon; Jeanne Marois|
|Plympton||Carla Uzzell; Yvonne Gunzburger; Jeanne Marois|
|Stanley||Heather Cummings; Robin Fopiano|
Reading provides the foundation for lifelong learning. The Waltham Public Schools Elementary Reading Program includes a balanced approach to literacy including; phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, word study and writing. This model is designed to provide many opportunities for reading and writing in the child centered classroom.
Children read and write every day, independently and in a group settings both large and small. Classrooms focus on different types of reading and writing experiences, some of which include; Guided Reading, Literature Circles, Writers' Workshop, Read Aloud, and Independent Writing. Each of our elementary schools has a literacy closet with a wide range of multi-level books incorporating a range of themes and genres. The core reading anthology used in grades K-5 is Legacy of Literacy, published by Houghton Mifflin (2001).
Each school has a licensed reading specialist who supports students who need additional targeted instruction. In addition, every school has a literacy coach who provides ongoing embedded professional development and support to teachers in all aspects of literacy instruction.
"The more you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss