Academic Support for ELA

Greenville County School District is committed to successful literacy experiences for all students. All instruction in literacy skills is grounded in the South Carolina 2015 ELA Standards. These standards are a guiding force in determining grade level curriculum and learning targets. GCSD’s framework for literacy instruction is Balanced Literacy. The model is predicated on the belief that all students can learn to read and write through pervasive and consistent implementation of best practices across grade levels and content areas and incorporates the research based theories of Vygotsky, Fountas and Pinnell, Gallagher, Calkins and others. The model fosters gradual release of responsibility to the student as they receive instruction needed to meet grade level expectations in reading and writing, while allowing students to work at a level that is appropriate for individual growth and achievement.

Currently our students are assessed annually in English, reading, and writing in grades 3-8 with a state approved assessment tool. Students enrolled in English 1 are assessed with an End of Course examination that counts for 20% of their final grade. For further information visit the SC Department of Education. Additionally, all third year high school students are assessed in English, reading and writing with a state approved tool.

Greenville County Schools Principles of Literacy Instruction

Principles of Reading Instruction

  • Learners need teachers foster a rich, literary environment.
  • Learners need long stretches of time to read.
  • Learners need opportunities to read high-interest, accessible books of their own choosing.
  • Learners need explicit instruction in the process and skills of proficient reading.
  • Learners need opportunities to talk in response to texts.
  • Learners need reading instruction that is data driven, including goals and feedback that is tailored specifically to them.
  • Learners need teachers who read aloud.
  • Learners need a balanced approach to language arts, one that includes a responsible approach to the teaching of writing as well as to reading.

Principles of Writing Instruction

  • Learners need teachers who foster a rich, literary environment
  • Learners need long stretches of time to write.
  • Learners need opportunities to write authentic texts about the topics of their own choosing.
  • Learners need explicit instruction in the process, qualities, and skills of proficient writing.
  • Learners need opportunities to talk about their own writing, as well as the writing of others.
  • Learners need writing instruction that is data driven, including goals and feedback that is tailored specifically to them.
  • Learners need opportunities to read and hear texts read aloud to study what other authors have done that they can try.
  • Learners need a balanced approach to language arts, one that includes a responsible approach to the teaching of writing as well as to reading.

Contacts

Debbie Barron, Academic Specialist in ELA 6-12
864-355-3191 | dbarron@greenville.k12.sc.us

Jack Awtrey, Title One Academic Specialist for ELA K-5
864-355-3119 | jawtrey@greenville.k12.sc.us

Paula Burgess, Title One Academic Specialist for ELA K-5
864-355- 3166 | pburgess@greenville.k12.sc.us

Kristy Jennings, Academic Specialist in ELA K-5
864-355-3190 | kjennings@greenville.k12.sc.us

Shayla Read, Title One Academic Specialist for ELA 6-8
864-355-3127 | sread@greenville.k12.sc.us |

Stacey Shamis, Academic Specialist for Literacy
864-355-3166 |
sshamis@greenville.k12.sc.us