Standards 2010: Standard 2
Curriculum and Instruction
Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
The Curriculum and Instruction Standard recognizes the need to prepare educators who have a deep understanding and knowledge of the elements of a balanced, integrated, and comprehensive literacy curriculum and have developed expertise in enacting that curriculum. The elements focus on the use of effective practices in a well-articulated curriculum, using traditional print, digital, and online resources.
The following are the major assumptions of the Standards 2010 Committee for developing this standard and its elements:
- Foundational knowledge about literacy is essential in establishing a vision, and developing and enacting an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum that is responsive to the needs of diverse learners.
- A conceptual framework for literacy development should inform teaching practices and selection of materials.
- Evidence-based instructional strategies and practices should be used in developing and implementing instruction and a balanced and motivating reading and writing program.
- Comprehensive reading programs provide a wide variety of traditional print, digital, and online resources to meet the needs of diverse students.
- Traditional print, digital, and online reading and writing experiences that incorporate multiple genres, multiple perspectives, and media and communication technologies are necessary to prepare learners for literacy tasks of the 21st century.