DPSCD implements the EL Education curriculum to provide a standards-based literacy program that engages students through real world content, rigorous instruction and interactive learning opportunities.  The goal of the program is by the end of second grade, students are able to independently read and comprehend grade level text and continue to master complex literacy skills.  The program focuses on three student centered literacy goals.
    • Mastery of Knowledge and Skills

      • Develop proficient readers and communicators


      • Become confident, ethical and effective literacy learners

      High-Quality Student Work

      • Create high-level, meaningful, and authentic literacy works

      In order to address the key focal areas, the curriculum incorporates two or three hours of literacy instructional per day based on grade level.  This is achieved through all block instructional times, interactive technology modules, and authentic, hands-on instructional and application lessons.  For more information, please visit the DPSCD EL Curriculum Page.

      EL Education for K-2nd grade 

      • 3 hours of instruction that include two hours of content-based learning, module sessions plus one hour of structured phonics. The objective for primary grades is to develop a strong literacy and phonemic foundation in preparation for higher order literacy skills necessary for third grade and beyond. 

      EL Education for 3rd-5th grade 

      • 2 hours of instruction that includes one hour of module lessons plus one hour of Language and Literacy block instruction with specific lessons related to writing mechanics and proper grammar usage.

      EL Eudcation for 6th-8th grade

      • 2 hours of instruction that includes one hour of module lessons plus one hour of literacy small group that allows students to have additional time to work with text, ideas and skills that are initially introduced in the module lessons.