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 ~ Dr. Seuss


 

Contact Us

Tami Slater
   Curriculum Specialist
   English/Language Arts
   804.365.4550
   tslater@hcps.us

 

 

Welcome to the English/Language Arts website
for Hanover County Public Schools

Mission Statement

Hanover County Public Schools’ English/Language Arts teachers strive to provide a quality language arts education that empowers all students to become strategic readers and writers and lifelong learners. In Hanover County, Language Arts teachers design instruction that engages students in experiences that emphasize the verbal and written skills that students need to achieve at the highest level and communicate effectively in the 21st Century.

Goals

  • Provide highly effective language arts instruction based on research-based best practices that meets the needs of each student while meeting and exceeding state and national standards.

  • Foster an appreciation of the written and spoken word by engaging students in a variety of literary genres, themes, and ideas.

  • Encourage all students to read, write, and speak confidently and effectively.

  • Challenge students to think creatively and critically, collaborate effectively with peers, and solve real-world problems.

  • Prepare all students for success in a changing world.

Statement of Beliefs

The Hanover County Language Arts program is built on the belief that all students can learn to speak, read, and write effectively. Students are empowered to expand and enhance their communication skills in a supportive environment where they are encouraged to explore, create, compare, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and share ideas. A variety of oral and written learning experiences and activities affords opportunities for students to make connections between literary experiences and their own world and to develop as critical and creative thinkers. Instruction must include opportunities for students to communicate their personal understanding both orally and in writing. All students can develop an appreciation for the beauty of language and literature as well as expertise in communication skills when all of these components are present.

The following beliefs guide curriculum development and renewal of the language arts program in the twenty-first century:

  • Language Arts is at the core of the human experience.

  • Effective communication is an essential skill in our technologically rich society.

  • All students can learn to communicate meaningfully through written and oral language.

  • Higher-level critical thinking must be encouraged from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

  • Instruction must be modified to accommodate and support developmental differences among students.

  • Stimulating materials should be used to engage students and support learning.

  • Technology is an integral component that supports language learning.

  • Real world applications give purpose to language learning and lead to the development of effective and confident communication skills.

  • Language Arts learning should be approached as a spiral of knowledge that continues to grow with the learner.

  • Written objectives, instructional practices, and assessment strategies must be aligned in a coherent curriculum.