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The Colorado Literacy Framework

Promoting Effective Practice in Literacy for All Learners

The Colorado Literacy Framework - Promoting Effective Practice in Literacy for All Learners.

The Colorado Literacy Framework issues from the mission of CDE to "provide all Colorado children equal access to quality, thorough, uniform, well-rounded educational opportunities in a safe, civil environment” and the vision that “all children in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens.”

The elements of the “Colorado Literacy Framework” define the parameters for a “consistent voice around literacy with which to address literacy challenges… that will provide a foundation for focused support from CDE.”

Elements of the Colorado Literacy Framework:

  • The integration of the Five Components of Reading must inform CDE’s literacy initiatives.
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  • Early learning experiences support literacy development in young children.
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  • Research-based instructional approaches fostering communication skills, including oral and written language, promote access, opportunity and academic achievement.
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  • Purposeful, direct, explicit, and systematic instruction is valuable for continuous literacy achievement.
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  • Student learning and motivation are enhanced by a connection to cultural experience and personal relevance.
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  • Valid and reliable student literacy achievement data support grantees and constituents in measuring success of initiatives.
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  • Collaboration among education professionals, family, and community is essential to improved student literacy achievement.
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  • All students benefit from literacy instruction provided within a multi-tiered system of support that provides students instruction that is needs-based, intensive and of sufficient duration toaccelerate learning.
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