The Comprehensive School Reform Model is a school-wide design for ensuring that all children will achieve literacy proficiency by the end of third grade. The goals are aligned with national initiatives (Reading First, Reading Excellence) and include research-based principles for initiating and sustaining literacy improvements in elementary schools. The model is a partnership between Saint Mary’s College, and elementary schools in California. For local sites, see:

  • San Lorenzo Unified School District - Grant School, Lorenzo ManorS
  • Lodi Unified School District - Davis School, Heritage Manor School, Parklane School


Key Features

  • A Curriculum for Literacy that includes a balanced literacy approach with explicit instruction in the essential components of a K – 6 reading program, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Coaching and Mentoring sessions that emphasize apprenticeship techniques for supporting teachers in implementing a literacy curriculum
  • Model Classrooms that are implanted at each grade level and are used as literacy learning labs.
  • High Standards that are based on the California State Standards and the National Primary Standards in Reading and Writing
  • Accountability for student progress that includes school reports, reading and writing assessment graphs, and ongoing formal and informal assessments.
  • Intervention that includes Reading Recovery for the lowest achieving students and high-quality small group instruction for K-3 students and 4-6 students who need extra help in targeted areas.
  • Professional Development that includes explicit training in literacy components and bi-monthly literacy team meetings that focus on teaching and learning issues.
  • Well-designed Literacy Plan that includes short and long-term goals, a three-year timeline, and benchmark indicators for monitoring progress along the way.
  • Technology that includes networking opportunities for working together in program development and implementation across sites.
  • Spotlighting schools that are achieving high results, including school visits, presentations, research articles, and news releases.
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1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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