English Language Arts

ELA Curriculum Adoption Informational Meeting

We are excited to adopt and implement Amplify’s newest edition of their 1st-5th grade Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) literacy curriculum at all elementary schools beginning next school year. We invite you to a virtual information session to learn more about the curriculum and our adoption process on Thursday, April 25th from 6:30-7:30PM. Registration is encouraged! To register to attend, click here.

Amplify’s program is top-rated, rigorous and research-based. Prior to adoption, diverse teams of educators and interdisciplinary leaders are modifying units and lessons to ensure instruction is both research-based and affirming of the diverse identities, cultures, and perspectives within our community and the world. We look forward to sharing more information about this process on April 25.

We hope you will join us! Thank you for your continued support.

Our Department’s Vision for ELA & Literacy Instruction:

Cambridge Public Schools scholars are empowered to use literacy as a tool for communication, self-expression, access and agency. Instruction is research-based, joyful, rigorous and relevant, building a wealth of vocabulary and content knowledge through rich texts and media. Scholars develop their voice and independence as critically conscious readers, writers, speakers and learners through materials that are inclusive of diverse authors, genres, cultures and perspectives. Scholars are empowered with the knowledge and skills to live choice-filled lives that positively impact the world around them.

ELA/Literacy Department: Priorities, Initiatives, and Goals
K-12 Research-Based Priority Practices
The above, research-based priority practices are critical to ensuring equitable instruction and outcomes. They align to the MA standards for ELA, which are divided into four strands: Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language. Language within each of the priorities was updated Fall, 2023. Learn more about these strands >>

K-12 Instructional Focus: Close Reading
A significant body of research shows that when students who start the year well-behind their peers have greater access to rigorous, grade-appropriate instruction, they are able to significantly close outcome gaps. This is where the 6 Essential Close Reading Practices come in.

Close Reading builds students’ capacity to grapple and independently succeed with rigorous content.

Related Links
ELA/Literacy Educator Coaching
ELA Content by Grade
ELA Curriculum Site (For Staff)
CPS Literacy Curriculum Review [Process Overview]
i-Ready Personalized Learning [Overview]
Fishtank Learning
Literacy Intervention
Academic Resources
Literacy Testing / Assessment

Contact Us

135 Berkshire Street 
Cambridge, MA 02141
Fax: 617.349.6517

Emily Bryan, English Language Arts/Literacy Department Director
Allice Wong TuckerDistrict Instructional Lead Teacher, Literacy, Grades JK-2
Maria MarroquinDistrict Instructional Lead: ELA/Math, Grades JK-2

Katherine Simpson, District Instructional Lead: Literacy, Grades 3 - 5
Katie GribbenDistrict Instructional Lead: Literacy, Grades 6-8+ Transitions
Kelley Leary, ELA & Math Clerk
Jennifer Hamilton
, Dean of Curriculum & Program, English (Learning Community C) CRLS

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