NCA Goals

All students will improve their reading fluency and ability to understand complex narrative and nonfiction texts.

For the students:

  • Read-N-Quiz
  • Reading tracker
  • Daily reading warm-up activities
  • 30 minutes of independent reading each day
  • Close and analytical reading practices modeled and guided by the teacher
  • Use of graphic organizers to identify the main idea
  • Use of guided highlighted reading
  • Use of RAZ kids

For the Teachers:

  • Training in Close and Analytical protocol
  • Training in the Daily 5
  • Training in Reading Tracker
  • Other professional development and workshops

All students will improve their writing fluency and ability to produce effective writing for a variety of purposes.

For the students:

  • Weekly "quick writes" or summaries across the content areas
  • Writing Tracker
  • Instruction in the 6 + 1 traits of writing
  • District writing prompts scored with rubrics
  • Instruction in the common core state standards writing techniques
  • Opportunities to publish writing
  • Use of writing trait posters in the classroom

For the teachers:

  • Training in Writing Tracker
  • Training in content area writing as described in the Common Core State Standards
  • Professional Development activities on writing fluency
  • Scoring writing prompts using applicable writing rubrics

All students will improve their knowledge and understanding of geometric concepts and skills in numbers and operations.

For the students:

  • Complete lessons / review geometric concepts throughout the day
  • Have access to websites for geometric concepts, place value, number sense, regrouping, and fractions
  • Use A.D.D or Math for Today
  • Use manipulatives in math lessons (geoboards, pattern blocks, 3D shapes, etc)
  • Use math journals to write about math concepts and explain their problem solving
  • Review place value, regrouping, and number sense throughout the year
  • Review fraction and decimal concepts through the year using real life applications

Teachers will:

  • After school professional development in the common core state standards
  • Professional development activities focused on effective math instruction