Elementary Literacy Materials Adoption

At the April 4 meeting, the Board of Education approved our adoption of a new elementary literacy curriculum:

  • Imagine Learning EL Education K-5 for all schools other than Bethke, Harris Bilingual Immersion School, Irish Elementary Escuela Bilingüe, O’Dea, Traut Core Knowledge, and Zach. (Overview)
  • Amplify CKLA Skills K-2 for Bethke, O’Dea, Traut Core Knowledge, and Zach. The district has supported Core Knowledge schools with K-5 instructional materials from the Core Knowledge Foundation to support literacy and knowledge-building at Core Knowledge schools. These schools will collaborate to become more systematic in their delivery of literacy in the Core Knowledge model.
  • Continue with renewed systematic support of McGraw-Hill Wonders and Maravillas as English/Spanish companion programs at Harris Bilingual Immersion School and Irish Elementary Escuela Bilingüe.

You can watch the board adoption on Poudre School District YouTube and a literacy adoption update to the board on May 9.  



Literacy Materials Selection Process

The Literacy Materials Review Team reviewed submitted materials last fall and selected vendor finalists in November 2022. Finalists were Amplify CKLA, Imagine EL, Into Reading

Public feedback opportunities:

  • Literacy materials for the finalists were on display for public review at the PSD Information Technology Center at the Johannsen Support Services Center.
  • Vendors also presented their materials to PSD stakeholders at a series of three literacy engagement nights, which gave families and staff the opportunity to examine curriculum materials first- hand, talk with vendors about their materials and provide feedback.

All submitted programs were evaluated on:

  • Development of foundational reading skills for grades K-2
  • Provision of high-quality texts that are worthy of students’ time and attention
  • Provision of opportunities for rich evidence-based engagement with text to build strong literacy skills
  • Provision of texts that build knowledge systematically through reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language study
  • How well it reflects the diversity of the students in our community
  • Usability

Other presentations: Literacy curriculum adoption update to the PSD Board of Education Jan. 10, 2023 (YouTube).  

Contact Information

Director of Curriculum
John Passantino | 970-490-3667 | jpassant@psdschools.org

Teaching and Learning Facilitators - Elementary Literacy
Sara Urbanek Carney | 970-556-9044 | surbanek@psdschools.org 

Rosie Navejas | 970-418-4895 | rnavejas@psdschools.org