English Language Arts
All ELA teachers are to require that students gain, evaluate and present increasingly complex information, ideas and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media. Finally we believe by providing students access to the standards this will help prepare students for real- life experience at college and in 21st century careers. The standards recognize that students must be able to use formal English in their writing and speaking but that they must also be able to make informed, skillful choices among the many ways to express themselves through language.
Social studies teachers are trained and well versed in the content. A content-specific Curriculum Specialist is assigned to both YDC and RYDC school sites in order to provide clear expectations for instruction, assessment and student work. Formal and Informal teacher observations are used to ensure students receive quality standards-based instruction by well trained and supported teachers. Teachers are provided the necessary professional learning to be able to isolate and identify skills needed to instruct students to think analytically, reason, communicate, and make connections with both primary and secondary sources to form logical conclusions. Student – centered instruction, standards-based classrooms, on-going coaching opportunities, and teacher’s ability to make the content relevant drastically increase student achievement.