Secondary Literacy

Volume 1, Issue 3 | May 2016

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Dear Secondary Educators,

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for inviting us into your classrooms and for working with us this past year; we truly value your expertise and your commitment to your students' learning.


We also want to invite you to our Building Educator Assessment Literacy (BEAL) 2-day training on Tuesday, June 7 & Wednesday, June 8 OR Thursday, July 28 & Friday, July 29. We highly recommend that as many teachers as possible attend and receive this training, regardless of what subject they teach. The objectives of this training are:


  • To support teachers in designing lessons that garner student success with the rigor and expectations of the Common Core Standards and CAASPP assessments
  • To unpack the SBAC and experience an SBAC performance task from a student's perspective
  • To understand the instructional shifts/implications of Common Core
  • To calibrate and score sample performance tasks in a secure environment, using SBAC rubrics


The training will be led by us (Ann Anderson and Jose Ortega), and it will take place from 8am-3pm. The location is TBD.


We really believe that what you will take away from this training will be incredibly instrumental in the work we've done regarding writing instruction. This training has been conducted across the state of California and Hawaii, and we are pleased to offer it in-house to PUSD teachers.


With summer break just around the corner, we hope you'll immerse yourself in this opportunity to gear up for 2016-17 school year. The registration link for this training is above and below. Thank you, and let us know if you have any questions!


-Ann and Jose


P.S. For your reading pleasure, we invite you to click on the link below entitled "Every Child, Every Day" and read a short article that speaks to strengths in reading instruction.

Save the Date!

Tuesday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 8

  • BEAL Training for Secondary Teachers

Thursday July 28 - Friday July 29

  • BEAL Training for Secondary Teachers

High Five!

Here are some 2nd semester highlights of secondary teachers and coaches at work to support reading and writing instruction! Of special note is different groups of teachers, coaches, and students conducting needs assessments to reflect, set goals, and create purposeful action plans for the 2016-17 school year!

PUSD Curriculum Revision

The District Curriculum Coaches are currently knee-deep in revising the PUSD Curriculum Scope and Sequence for the 2016-17 school year. Using the Curriculum Revision Workshop (CRW) teams' work as a launching point, we are making changes and updates to the Scope and Sequence to better meet the level of rigor present in the new California State Standards, as well as the Smarter Balanced Assessments.


In addition, the intent of this revision is to better reflect the district's Balanced Literacy initiative, and the changes we're making will more effectively and efficiently support your planning and delivery of reading and writing instruction. We are adding descriptors under each text type, reviewing/revising which standards are priority and which are supporting, and updating the Unit Overviews.


If you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us, and we will definitely consider them as we seek to improve the learning experience of our students so they are ready to graduate and be successful in the 21st century world. Thank you!

Click Here to Access Curated Nonfiction Resources

Planning for the 2016-2017 school year? Take a look at some nonfiction resources we have compiled for you, some of which you and your students have exclusive access to!

Watch How PUSD's Balanced Literacy Initiative is Transforming Classrooms

Keeping Our Promise: Every Child A Reader & Writer

This Secondary Literacy was brought to you by the Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development department.

Our Purpose

The Pasadena Unified School District’s Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development department is driven by a commitment to prepare our students for college and career opportunities. We support student success by developing and refining curriculum, in conjunction with providing professional growth opportunities to our staff to ensure quality instruction for every child.