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District 44 believes in building life long learners, not only of our students but also of our staff.  We strive to provide our teachers with continuous Professional Development in best practices to ensure that our students receive our best.  Grounding our decisions in research, District 44 follows the recommendations on the importance of balanced literacy.  Balanced literacy incorporates scaffolded instruction in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Word Study. Scaffolded instruction could take many different forms: direct instruction whole class, guided instruction to a small group, or individual instruction to one student.  The three main areas of literacy can also be broken down into smaller areas:  Reading encapsulates comprehension, decoding and fluency; Writing includes encoding, grammar, and conventions; Word Study combines phonics, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary.  Although our curriculum is the same throughout the district, Pearson Reading Street, instruction in each classroom may differ depending on the student's' readiness in that particular class.  Building our teachers knowledge base empowers them to make informed decisions about their instruction and about student need.  District 44 is the place to be as a learner!


District 44
Common Core Curriculum
Elementary Buildings Middle School
Reading Curriculum
Reading Street image
Prentice Hall Lit
Language Arts
Instructional Practices
Read to Self
Professional Development
Close Reading and Text Dependent Questions
Close Reading and Text-dependent Questions


Literacy Support Specialists:  

Each elementary building has one Literacy Support Specialist.  The middle school has one per grade level.  See the following websites for additional information and valuable resources to help your reader succeed.   

Literacy Support Specialist (LSS)/Title I Website

Middle School Literacy Lab Website



NCLB Title I

The Title I Program is a federally funded program to support students and families from low income households. The schools in District 44 that qualify for Title I funding are: Madison, Butterfield, and Manor Hill. Since the 2015-2016 school year, these schools are operating under the schoolwide model.  Additional information about this model and the use of these funds can be found under this link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html


Literacy DuPage