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America’s Choice is a research-based school reform program. Instruction is based on the National Performance Standards, that mirror the New York State Learning Standards.
All Language Arts Instruction is delivered in a workshop setting lasting 60 minutes in length. The classroom schedule is set up to incorporate one hour of Reader’s Workshop and one hour of Writer’s Workshop. The workshop begins with a short, standard-based, mini-lesson. The lesson is followed by work time that involves students working in a variety of independent and small group activities. This time frame ends with a closing lesson that is based on the skill or strategy that was taught in the opening lesson.
Student work is evaluated according to the prescribed standards using rubrics. These rubrics let the students know what they need to do to improve their academic performance. After a great deal of exposure to these rubrics, and encouragement from the teacher, children begin to self-assess their own progress as readers and writers.
One critical component of the America’s Choice design is Professional Development. Teachers at Hyde Park are involved in on-going Professional development throughout the school year. These sessions give teachers the knowledge and information necessary to carry out the requirements of this design as well as to provide quality instruction to the students of Hyde Park School