Supporting Students’ Social and Emotional Development
Collaborative Literacy is unique in its focus on teaching the whole child by embedding practices that promote social and emotional learning in the instruction. Beginning with the first lessons, Collaborative Literacy helps teachers set up purposeful interactions among students, teaching them social and problem‐solving skills, and helping them to integrate values like responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, and helpfulness into their lives.
21st Century Skills
Collaborative Literacy instruction provides students with experiences that allow them to think critically and creatively. Students are encouraged to read broadly and widely about topics that interest them. They engage in conversations with their peers and build on one another’s ideas. Throughout the day, students work cooperatively in pairs or small groups to discuss texts or words; they might also work collaboratively to research and write a report or analyze an excerpt from a text. In a collaborative classroom, students are encouraged to identify problems and solve them together.
Assessment That Informs Instruction
Collaborative Literacy assessments draw upon best practices in assessing reading and writing. Assessment tools are designed to help teachers make informed instructional decisions as they teach the lessons and track their students’ academic and social development over time.
Research-based and Standards-aligned
The unique pedagogy of Collaborative Literacy is aligned with the standards, and has grown out of years of research on literacy development, best practices in literacy instruction, and child development. Visit our resources to search for correlations to the Common Core, and other state standards.