Workshop Model of Instruction
Reader's and Writer's Workshop using the Lucy Calkins model through Teachers College at Columbia University has been adopted as the primary literacy-based curriculum and instruction at Vista. All literacy teachers at Vista participate in extensive training and ongoing support to effectively facilitate the workshop model in their classes.
Reader's Workshop allows students to select their own books to read based on their current reading level and provides a significant amount of time to read independently. Meanwhile Writer's Workshop allows students to build fluency in their writing through learning about what good writers do and applying it to their own writing. Reader's and Writer's Workshop have played an important role in the increased student achievement in literacy at Vista.