• English Language Arts

  • Literacy represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from a critical interpretation of the written or printed text. The key to literacy is reading development, a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text.

    Pittsburgh Public Schools is committed to preparing all students to be college and career ready as recommended by the Common Core State Standards. The District has made a crucial decision to develop and implement in each classroom a curriculum that provides each student the same high caliber, rigorous learning experiences. We believe that every student can achieve at high levels when provided an effective teacher that engages them in well-designed and well-taught curriculum.  

    Pittsburgh Public Schools Literacy Program provides all students with a high quality, research validated curriculum. The Literacy instructional pathways provide opportunities for all students to develop as apprentices to and in an academic discipline.  Detailed culturally responsive instructional pathways systemically build on the necessary content knowledge and the habits of thought critical to the study of the literacy discipline. The rigorous standards-driven curriculum rewards students for applying effort and provides them with clear expectations.

    Instructional Philosophy

    The Pittsburgh Public Schools ELA program provides all students with a high quality, research validated, standards-driven resources. We believe that literacy represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from a critical interpretation of the written or printed text. The key to literacy is reading development, a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text.

    We believe it is essential for the teaching of literacy to include a balance of reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities with a variety of instructional strategies to meet the needs of all learners. Literacy instruction is to be instructed in the context of authentic literature and involve interaction of the students, teacher, and peers with a variety of text types. At its best, this instruction happens by using a blend of small group, whole group, and individual instruction. To meet the needs of every learner, teachers need to scaffold student learning to ensure students are learning rigorous curriculum at their zone of proximal development. We take pride in developing our teachers to be reflective in their practice and stay current in best practices of literacy instruction.

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  • Curriculum Department Contact Information

    Kendra Wester, ELA Executive Director Literacy, Humanities and Library Services
    Email: kwester1@pghschools.org

    Angela Tilghman, K-12 Curriculum Coordinator
    Email: atilghman1@pghschools.org

    Naomi York, K-5 Curriculum Coordinator
    Email: nyork1@pghschools.org

    Patricia Falk, 6-8 ELA Curriculum Coordinator
    Email: pfalk1@pghschools.org

    Dr. Ann Fillmore, 9-12 ELA Curriculum Coordinator
    Email: afillmore1@pghschools.org