• K-5 Language Arts


Melissa Schachner
Director K-5 Language Arts & Social Studies
Anna Davis
TOSA K-5 Language Arts
Brenda Gutierrez
TOSA K-5 Language Arts
Nicole McNutt
TOSA K-5 Language Arts
Sacha Luria
TOSA K-5 Language Arts
Chanell Hopson-Willis
TOSA K-5 Language Arts
  • K-5 ELA Curricula

    • K-2 Heggerty - phonemic awareness 
    • K-2 Geodes - reading practice that aligns to Fundations and Wit & Wisdom curriculum
    • K-3 Fundations - reading and writing foundational skills
    • K-5 Wit & Wisdom - comprehensive study of rich and engaging texts, curated to build student knowledge of important ideas in science, social studies and art. 
  • Reading is a Civil Right

    PPS K-5 Language Arts Department is focused on Educational Equity for our students and staff. We insist on maximizing the integrity of transformative equity practices. Here are the basic principles that help us ensure we keep our commitment to equity at the center of our work. 

    1. The Direct Confrontation Principle - our work requires us to directly confront inequity in all its forms, ie. interpersonal, institutional, cultural and structural racism, etc. 
    2. The Equity Ideology Principle - our work is more than a list of practical strategies that we do but it is a lens through which we do all our work and an ideological commitment.
    3. The Prioritization Principle - we will prioritize the interests of the students and families whose interests historically have not been prioritized. 
    4. The Redistribution Principle - we will redistribute materials, cultural and social access and opportunity by changing inequitable policies, eliminating oppressive aspects of institutional culture and examining how practices and programs might advantage some students over others.
    5. The “Fix Injustice, Not Kids” Principle - educational outcome disparities are not the result of deficiencies in students and families. We must transform the educational system.
    6. The Evidence-Informed Equity Principle - our educational equity approaches need to be based on evidence for what works for our students. 


    Reference: Basic Principles for Equity Literacy, Paul Gorski, June 5, 2020