• Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! 


    Now more than ever, we are at a pivotal point where we must rise up to change the status quo for our Black, Brown and Native students. They deserve this, they need this. We are educators committed to interrupting the existing educational inequities and focusing on dismantling the status quo.  As we move into 2020-21, we strive to meet our promise of the graduate portrait for our Black, Brown, and Native students.  As we rethink what it looks like to support student success, we made a few decisions that are reflective of our PPS Theory of Action focused on Black and Native students.




    K-12 English Language Arts Core Curriculum (GVC)

    All core curriculum is housed in the Atlas Rubicon curriculum management system. 


    View PPS curriculum in Atlas by visiting the link below: 



    Please use the Clever Portal to log on to Atlas and view curriculum and resources. 




    6-12 English Language Arts:


    6-12 English Language Arts Resources Overview:

    6-12 English Language Arts teachers have access to these resources to support the delivery of of the scope and sequence of the guaranteed and viable curriculum in each course:

    • CommonLit
    • Atlas (sample lesson modules located in the Lesson Planner tab in the district courses)
    • Canvas - the Learning Management System used to provide instruction to students



    CommonLit is a reading program that offers a comprehensive library of literary and non-fiction texts, videos, and lessons for grades 3-12.

    • Includes text translations in 26 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
    • Includes formative assessments, writing and discussion prompts, interactive annotation tools, text scaffolding features, and read-aloud functions.


    CommonLit Resources for Staff:

    Here are some helpful short videos for using CommonLit with Canvas:

    Video 1: How to provide the CommonLit Assignment to the student in Canvas.

    • CommonLit is a stand-alone program with reading features (annotation, read-aloud, etc) that don't directly integrate to Canvas.  All the assignments are made in CommonLit, but you can embed the links in Canvas for your asynchronous sessions.  

    Video 2: Video 2: How to Integrate CommonLit Video into Canvas

    • CommonLit does have related videos that you *can* embed right into your Canvas classroom.  

    We also have a full CommonLit PD course for staff in Canvas: Click on the link below to go to CommonLit in Canvas (course is approximately 60m). 




    ATLAS Curriculum Management System

    All core curriculum is housed in the Atlas Rubicon curriculum management system.  Please use Clever to log on to Atlas and view curriculum and resources. 

    Atlas QuickGuide

    Atlas GVC Teacher Guide (.pdf)


    Here are some step-by-step instruction for accessing units and sample lessons in Atlas:

    Accessing Atlas

    Educators can access Atlas via Clever in two ways:


    Two Levels of Curriculum

    District-Level Curriculum

    • Is visible to all educators in Portland Public Schools

    • Reflects the work of GVC teams across departments

    • Houses the district-created lesson plans to support Distance Learning

    • Is communicated to the broader community via the Atlas Public Site.

    Building-Level Curriculum

    • Is a shared and private copy of the District Curriculum for teachers

    • Allows teachers to add standards, independently created lessons and assessments to District Curriculum, but maintains all aspects of the GVC. 

    • Provides space for teacher teams to add building-level resources as well as notes and reflections. 


    Browsing for Curriculum and Adding it to a Dashboard

    Video Tutorial for Browsing Curriculum

    1. Click Browse in the toolbar at the top of the page and select Unit Calendar from the drop down menu. 

    2. Use the filters on the left hand side of the page to find the grade and subject you are looking for, then click Browse at the bottom of that form. 

    3. Click on the link in the Course column.

    4. Once you can see the Unit Calendar, you can add the course to your dashboard by clicking on Actions in the top right hand corner of the page and selecting Pin to My Atlas from the drop down menu. 

    Locating District Created Lesson Plans

    Video for Creating, Copying and Sharing Lessons

    1. District-provided lesson plans are available to teachers through the District Curriculum in Atlas. The District Curriculum maps are labeled with a DC and can be found by selecting *District Elementary, *District Middle School or *District High School as the School when browsing. 

    1. Within the individual units in the District Curriculum, teachers can click on the Lesson Planner tab to access District-provided lesson plans. At this time, only teachers assigned to teach a course have access to these lessons. Teachers who are unable to access lessons for the courses they teach should submit a ticket with support@pps.net 

    2. Teachers can copy lessons into their building curriculum by clicking on a lesson and then choosing Actions → Copy Lesson. Details for copying lessons can be found in the video linked above. 


    Further learning for Atlas

    Atlas 101 and 201 courses are available in the Soft Start Canvas Courses.

    K-8 Course

    9-12 Course


    Decision Rules for Literacy/Language Arts

    The documents linked below provide guidance to school teams for using data, such as universal screeners, to identify and match students to Tier II & III literacy interventions. Decision Rules are currently being updated to reflect the 2020-2021 school year.

    K-5 Literacy Assessment Decision Rules 2019-2020 School Year

    6-8 Literacy/Language Arts Decision Rules 2019-2020 School Year

    9-12 Literacy/Language Arts Decision Rules 2019-2020 School Year

Language Arts Department Contacts

Dr. Kristina E. Granby
Academic Programs Administrator for Secondary Humanities
Content lead for 9-12 Humanities (ELA and Social Sciences)
Elizabeth K. Martin
Humanities Program Administrator for Dyslexia and K-12 Interventions
Tarehna Wicker
Academic Programs Administrator for Humanities
Content Lead for 6-12 Humanities (ELA and Social Sciences)
David Martinez
Academic Programs Associate for Humanities
Content lead for K-5 Integrated Language Arts and Social Sciences