Frank W. Gavlak School is a grade 3-6 building. It currently has an approximate enrollment of 352 students, with four grade threes, four grade fours, four grade fives, and four grade sixes. Various programs are offered to meet the needs of students. Among them are basic skills remediation, speech, special education services, bi-lingual/ESL education, gifted and talented, and guidance services.
Exciting news! Our district will be transitioning to the Teachers College Readers Writers Workshop for our reading program. Below you will find an overview and some links about this program.
Lucy Calkins and her Teachers College Reading and Writing Project coauthors aim to
prepare students for any reading and writing task they face and turn kids into life-long, confident readers and writers who display agency and independence. Lucy and her colleagues have drawn on their more than 30 years of research and work in thousands of schools across the country and around the world to develop powerful curriculum resources, instructional methods, and professional learning opportunities to support teachers as they work together and with their students toward these vitally important goals.
The Reading and Writing Project’s approach to instruction recognizes that “one size fits all” does not match the realities of the classrooms and schools in which they work. When you walk into a workshop classroom at any given moment, you’ll see instructions that are designed to:
The routines and structures of reading and writing workshops are kept simple and predictable so that the teacher can focus on the complex work of teaching responsively to accelerate achievement for all learners.