Language, Literacy,
and Cultural Studies

Denver Public Schools

Welcome to the Elementary Literacy Program

The Elementary Literacy Program is a differentiated instructional program that supports the literacy and language development of students in kindergarten through grade 5. Students learn to read and write through genre-based units of study, which are implemented through the Reading and Writing Workshop model. Direct instruction is provided to students in whole group, small group, and individual settings and is based on standards, as well as assessment of students’ strengths and needs. Students have multiple opportunities to practice skills and strategies being taught through engagement in meaningful independent work.

This Web site provides support and resources for teachers, school leaders, administrators, parents, and students on our literacy programs, instructional practices and reading and writing strategies, literacy assessments, and professional development opportunities.

Your DPS elementary literacy support staff listed below are available to collaborate with instructional leaders, teams, and individual teachers with questions related to elementary literacy instruction and resources.