District Literacy Plan
Farmington Area Public Schools maintains an intentional focus on
improving literacy instruction and ensuring that all students develop
the literacy skills to be successful, life-long readers and learners.
Teachers incorporate practices in
literacy instruction that have strong research support and are
implemented in many surrounding districts. This instruction makes use of
the Gradual Release of Responsibility model that stresses focused
direct instruction (teacher modeling, mini-lessons, interactive lecture,
read alouds), opportunity to learn and collaborate in small group
guided practice, and final to apply literacy skills through independent
work at individual reading levels.
Central to this model of literacy
instruction is the use of assessments to know the literacy skills of
students. This allows teachers to design instruction to customize
learning for students and to provide necessary supports and
interventions for students who learn at different paces.
The literacy plan is a culmination of
conversations and professional development over many years. We are proud
to display all the ways in which we work with families and students as a
school community to ensure all students read by the end of third grade.