Literacy Program

Albion Elementary School's Literacy Program

 Albion Elementary School is part of the Maine Literacy Partnership (MLP), which is a model developed in collaboration with the University of Maine to support comprehensive literacy instruction within the context of effective school practices.  In a MLP school, administrators and faculty make a long-term commitment to school change and improvement of literacy learning for every child.  This is accomplished through on-site professional development, school-based leadership, and ongoing support for improved literacy teaching.  Albion teachers engage in reflective assessment to inform their instruction and monitor student progress over time. 

At Albion Elementary there are two literacy coaches who offer graduate-level training courses and ongoing professional development to teachers.  Ms. Deb Schuller works with teachers in grades K-2 and Mrs. Carol Crothers supports teachers in grades 3-6.  Coaches gather and analyze student assessment data,  and help teachers carefully monitor the reading progress of their students.  They support teachers with their implementation of their literacy instruction.   Sometimes literacy coaches work with students who would benefit from supplemental reading instruction.

In the Maine Literacy Partnership instructional framework, teachers use and integrated approach to teaching reading, writing, and word study (which includes phonics and spelling).  The framework provides flexibility and variety of instruction.  It allows for integration of the content areas, flexible student groupings, ample daily time frames, and changes in the level of teacher-directed based on student need.

Primary (K-2) Literacy Instructional Framework

Four Contexts for Reading:     Reading Aloud               Shared Reading

                                                    Guided Reading             Independent Reading       

Four Contexts for Writing:        Shared Writing              Interactive Writing

                                                     Writing Workshop         Independent Writing

The Primary Framework includes:

  • Attention to letters, words, and how they work
  • Integration with content areas through themes and extensions
  • Assessment through documentation of progress
  • Links to families through home and community involvement


Intermediate (3-6) Literacy Instructional Framework

Reading Workshop:      Independent Reading
Guided Reading
Literature Study

Writing Workshop: Independent Writing
Guided Writing

Language/Word Study: Interactive Language and Literacy
Word Study
Conventional Use of Written Language

The Intermediate Framework includes:

  • Exploration of the intricacies of language across multiple genres
  • Attention to the meaning and structure of words and the conventions and forms of written language
  • Connection to literature using self-selected and teacher-selected texts
  • Construction of meaning and effective comprehension during extended periods of reading time
  •  Development of writing strategies and skills, opportunities to learn about the writer's craft, and support in using writing as a tool for learning and communication