Elementary School

Mission Statement

The Ridgewood Public Schools Elementary Language Arts curriculum is a “Workshop Model” approach to instruction. “Workshop” has its roots in the traditional system of learning in which apprentices learned the skills of their trade by working alongside master craftsmen and women.  This instructional approach taps into the processes of proficient readers and writers.  Our district teachers model strategies and processes explicitly calling upon a “Show Don’t Tell” pedagogy.  With this gradual release of responsibility from teacher to student, our learners are equipped with tools for collegial inquiry and lifelong literacy.