English Language Arts

Welcome to Kalamazoo Public Schools’ English Language Arts Programs.  Kalamazoo Public Schools’ motto, “Every Child, Every Opportunity, Every Time,” exemplifies the goal of helping every student learn to use language effectively as a tool for communication, as an instrument for communication and as an instrument for thinking, learning, and imagining.

Angela Justice, Coordinator of English Arts, Social Studies and Library Services

Michigan Curriculum Framework

The Michigan Curriculum Framework and the Grade Level Content Expectations guide the curriculum objectives for each grade level of the KPS English Language Arts Curriculum. The design of the curriculum provides balanced literacy instruction. "Becoming fully literate means, among many things, being able to independently use strategies to construct meaning from text, draw upon texts to build conceptual understanding, effectively communicate ideas orally and in writing, as well as possess an intrinsic desire to read and write." (Gambrell, Mazzoni 1999) 

Read by Grade 3 Law

In 2016, the Michigan Legislature passed a law that requires schools to identify learners who are struggling with reading and writing and to provide additional help. The law states that third graders may repeat third grade if they are more than one grade level behind as determined by the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP), beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. For more information CLICK HERE or speak with your child's teacher.

Contact Information

Angela Justice, Coordinator of English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Library Services

English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Library Services Program
Administration Building
1220 Howard Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone:  (269) 337-0145