LCPS Mission Statement
The mission of the reading program in Loudoun County Public Schools is to teach all students to read and comprehend text to become independent readers, lifelong learners, and confident citizens for the 21st century.
Loudoun Pathways to Reading and Writing, an explicit staff-development model, provides kindergarten, first through third-grade teachers, and instructional specialists with a consistent, research and strategies-based framework of reading and writing instruction. The program incorporates the skills of spelling, writing, reading comprehension, phonics, and vocabulary. The Pathways multi-approach literacy framework helps teachers provide their students with specific skills to become better readers and writers. Books and educational supplies are used to support the elementary teachers and reading specialists in their implementation of a balanced and multi-approach literacy framework. In addition, personnel include literacy facilitators who provide professional development and support for classroom teachers and specialists.
In middle and high school, literacy instruction (reading and writing) is infused into the teaching of the content. Middle school students are engaged in a locally developed program for reading and writing workshop entitled Literacy Journey. Students are able to participate in elective reading courses: Reading Strategies Workshop (grades 6-8); Accelerated Literacy (grade 7) or 21st Century Literacy Strategies (grades 9-12).
Each school has the services of a reading specialist who assumes multiple roles such as coordinating the literacy program in the school, supporting teachers with instructional expertise, co-teaching with content teachers, coaching teachers, overseeing literacy assessment, and providing direct instruction to students in grades K-12 who are experiencing difficulty in reading.