BURNSVILLE, MINN (May 6, 2013) – Recently, the Orono School District in Long Lake, Minnesota, embarked on a journey to develop, build, and outfit a new language arts curriculum for grades Kindergarten through five. The project was led by Beth Pearson, the district’s literacy specialist, with the full support of district leadership.

One of the district’s first steps was to hire Jennifer McCarty Plucker, EdD, a well respected literacy consultant, to assess district needs, inventory assets, and design a balanced curriculum. Working closely with Pearson, Plucker incorporated Common Core State Standards and Social Studies standards to build a solid language arts...

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