Literacy Vision Statement


We will provide literacy instruction that teaches children to effectively read, write, listen and speak. Through the use of multiple strategies, we hope to help our students develop into lifelong learners both academically and socially.

We will achieve this by using the following best practices:

  • Promoting a literacy-rich environment that represents diverse cultures
  • Providing extensive time for purposeful reading, writing, speaking and listening experiences in all content areas
  • Using ongoing assessment tools to differentiate instruction for a diverse learning community
  • Utilizing technology to enhance literacy instruction
  • Fostering independence by encouraging student choice
  • Engaging all children by providing reading and writing opportunities that incorporate students interests


Our literacy rich classrooms include:

  • Leveled libraries with a variety of genres
  • Writing centers
  • Paper choices
  • Charts that support literacy skills
  • Checklists
  • Rubrics
  • Mentor texts


Students have:

  • Book baggies
  • Writing folders
  • Writing notebooks
  • Reading logs
  • Reading notebooks

Components of Literacy Instruction:

  • Whole class mini-lessons
  • Small group strategy lessons
  • Small group guided reading
  • Individual Conferencing
  • Close reading
  • Shared reading
  • Read Aloud

At P.S. 186, we believe that all literacy teachers will also be lifelong learners.Teachers will collaborate with colleagues, attend professional development workshops, read professional literature and use the common core standards and Danielson Framework to plan effective lessons.