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Balanced Literacy


Concordia Shanghai is committed to cultivating literacy among our young students in a way that allows them to experience the joys of reading and writing in a meaningful and transformative way. We are proud to have been the first school in Mainland China to adopt the Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) as part of a balanced literacy program in our elementary and middle school divisions.

TCRWP is a leading research-based program that produces avid, life-long readers and writers. Time is given each day for active and purposeful engagement in reading and writing. One of the most important aspects of the program is the concept of choice. The students themselves choose what they want to read and write about, ensuring that they are active participants in their learning.

The Reader’s & Writer’s Workshop ensures balanced literacy through daily practice of read-alouds, guided reading, shared reading, phonics, independent reading, interactive writing, shared writing and word study.

The project ensures quality teaching by offering continuous opportunities for professional development. Each year experienced trainers from Columbia University visit Concordia to work with our teachers on the best practices and state-of-the art tools and methods.

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