Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Workshop

We use the workshop model consistently across the content areas:

  1. Independent Reading:  Students read a book at the independent level.  The teacher confers with students during this time.
  2. Independent Writing:  Students maintain work folders.  Writers Notebooks that reflect students’ ideas and insights.  Through genre studies, author studies and craft units of study, students work carefully to change their raw material into published pieces.
  3. Shared Reading:  Short texts (poems, rhymes, songs, articles) are carefully chosen by the teacher and presented in large text, placed on overhead transparency or provided for each student.  The text is chunked by the teacher to model specific reading and writing strategies.
  4. Interactive Writing:  In the lower grades teachers invite students to take risks in recording their oral sentences into written texts.
  5. Read Aloud:  The teacher chooses a text, usually grade level or one grade higher, and reads aloud the text to the class.  The teacher models fluent reading behavior and the skills, strategies, and habits of good readers.
  6. Word Study:  Depending upon grade, may be phonics or word study including prefixes and suffixes, root words, word families, etc.
  7. Guided Reading: The teacher leads small group instruction based on assessed needs.


Eureka Math

Eureka Math connects math to the real world in ways that take the fear out of math and build student confidence—helping students achieve true understanding lesson by lesson and year after year.

The material Eureka Math is based on was originally created through a partnership with the New York State Education Department. Their expert review team, including renowned mathematicians who helped write the new standards, progressions, and the much-touted “Publisher’s Criteria,” strengthened an already rigorous development process. 

Eureka Math was written by a team of teachers and mathematicians who took great care to present mathematics in a logical progression from grade PK—12. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students already have learned and ensures that students are prepared for what comes next. When implemented faithfully, Eureka Math will dramatically reduce gaps in student learning, instill persistence in problem solving, and prepare students to understand advanced math.

While many curricula and textbooks on the market today describe themselves as being “aligned” with the new standards, the content is virtually unchanged from the past. Publishers have merely associated elements of the outdated content with various new standards. Eureka Math was developed specifically to meet the new standards and is the only comprehensive curriculum fully aligned with the standards for grades K-8, according to

It’s not enough for students to know the process for solving a problem; they need to understand why that process works. Teaching mathematics as a "story," Eureka Math builds students’ knowledge logically and thoroughly to help them achieve deep understanding. While this approach is unfamiliar to those of us who grew up memorizing mathematical facts and formulas, it has been tested and proven to be the most successful method in the world.



Fundations - Wilson Language Basic K-2

  • Fundations provides students of various learning abilities with a foundation for reading and spelling. It equips teachers with the skills and tools needed to present a structured, sequential, and cumulative phonics/spelling program using multisensory teaching strategies.
  • Wilson offers many years of systematic and explicit instruction to Kindergarten – Third Grade classroom.  Wilson Fundations presents research-based materials and strategies vital to a comprehensive reading and writing program.
  • Certain skills that Fundations develops are: Letter formation, phonological and phonemic awareness, sound mastery, phonics, vocabulary, irregular (trick) word instruction, fluency, comprehension and written composition
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The choral music curriculum incorporates sound elementary pedogical practices such as the workshop model with the work of Zoltan Kodaly and Karl Orff – practitioners who have written programs with specific musical goals in mind.  The focus of the program is to introduce our students to the fulfillment available from both the participation of group singing and the thrill of performance.


FOSS is a research-based science curriculum for grades K–8 developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. FOSS is also an ongoing research project dedicated to improving the learning and teaching of science. The FOSS project began over 20 years ago during a time of growing concern that our nation was not providing young students with an adequate science education. The FOSS program materials are designed to meet the challenge of providing meaningful science education for all students in diverse American classrooms and to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Development of the FOSS program was, and continues to be, guided by advances in the understanding of how youngsters think and learn.

Science is an active enterprise, made active by our human capacity to think. Scientific knowledge advances when scientists observe objects and events, think about how they relate to what is known, test their ideas in logical ways, and generate explanations that integrate the new information into the established order. Thus the scientific enterprise is both what we know (content) and how we come to know it (process). The best way for students to appreciate the scientific enterprise, learn important scientific concepts, and develop the ability to think critically is to actively construct ideas through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses. The FOSS program was created to engage students in these processes as they explore the natural world.