Best Instructional Practices
District Literacy Philosophy and Practice White Paper
Eanes ISD is committed to the literate lives of our students. Our educators use creative approaches and adapt their methodologies to respond to individual learners. We respect diversity in teaching styles and expect pedagogy that exemplifies sound theory and effective practices. In support of that expectation, teachers have access to ongoing professional learning to improve their craft.
We believe that the purpose of reading is not only to comprehend and learn but also to apply what is read to real-world experiences. Reading is the active and cognitive process of making meaning from print. It is a process that includes relevant literacy experiences before, during, and after reading.
We believe that each writer has important ideas to communicate with the world and that each writer can use writing as a tool for thinking and learning about his/her world. In English Language Arts classes, teachers will fully engage students in writing processes, using a research-based writer’s workshop model. We want to develop writers who make critical decisions about their own writing and who create authentic texts that connect their ideas with the ideas of others.
The district has always held a strong belief that technology should be infused into learning and not an add-on. We also believe that using tools like iPads for just-in-time learning and formative assessments give us the ability to personalize the learning needs of each of our students. In 2011 we embarked on the LEAP Initiative (Learning and Engaging through Access and Personalization) which was centered around his concept of personalization and access. Through this initiative we have provided all of our students K-12 with an iPad to enhance their learning. We also believe that students need access to a variety of tools besides just iPads. Our students have access to both PC and Mac Laptops, desktops, and other periphery tools such as Smartboards and 3D printers based on the learning goal or target.