About the Literacy Framework

Joliet Public Schools District 86 believes that well-designed curriculum and sound instruction are the hallmarks of a high-quality education. To articulate the District's approach to the English Language Arts curriculum, instruction, assessment, materials/resources, and organization, the Literacy Framework has been developed. The Joliet Public Schools District 86 Literacy Framework consists of eight core components: Speaking & Listening Skills, Phonological & Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Writing, Building Knowledge, and Comprehension. These components work together to achieve the goal of our English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum program: for students to read, understand, critically examine, and express their understanding of complex text independently and develop a love and passion for reading.

About the Core Materials

In August of 2022, after a year-long pilot, Joliet Public Schools District 86 began implementing Wit and Wisdom and StudySync as the core curricula. When choosing the core curriculum, the selection team worked to ensure that the programs and materials supported the designed Literacy Framework and were:

  1. of high interest,
  2. diverse in authors,
  3. diverse in their representation of culture, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity, size, gender, and any other factor related to individual identity, and
  4. intertwine the National Reading Panel's five components of effective reading instruction: phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension (2000 National Reading Panel Report).