Core Curriculum

Edison Elementary is committed to strong implementation of a guaranteed and viable core curriculum in literacy, mathematics, social studies and science; as well as a strong Response to Intervention (RtI) model. Therefore, the following curriculum, program and intervention models are implemented:


The literacy curriculum at Edison uses the following instructional programs:
Benchmark Advance (kindergarten – grade 2) and Expeditionary Learning (grades 3-5) for whole group reading instruction; Writing Alive for whole group writing instruction; guided reading for small group instruction; and the Accelerated Reader (AR) program for independent reading.
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>>For Edison specific information about AR, click here.
>>Download Writing Alive Curriculum with Instructional Strategies and Professional Development

English Language Development is an integral component of the literacy plan at Edison. Teachers integrate English Language Development (ELD) into daily reading, writing, math, science and social studies lessons. The strategies provided are research based and intended to offer help to mainstream teachers who have English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classrooms.


The mathematics curriculum at Edison is Eureka Math (also known as EngageNY math), a research-based, comprehensive K-6 curriculum that provides a sequence of instruction that builds upon and extends the knowledge and skills of the previous year. Through this math curriculum, students develop a strong conceptual understanding of math concepts, fluency of math skills and an ability to reason mathematically through application problems.

Science & Social Studies

All Science and Social Studies standards are taught through units of study which last several weeks. Teachers at Edison use state standards and the Tracks curriculum to support science. Teachers use state standards and Teacher’s Curriculum Institute: Social Studies Alive curriculum to support social studies.


A Response to Intervention (RtI) model is implemented at Edison to ensure that all students receive core instruction and that all students who are below grade level are provided with research-based interventions. A master instructional schedule ensures that a guaranteed and viable curriculum, which addresses all state standards, is provided to all students. In addition, students who are assessed to be partially proficient or unsatisfactory are placed into intervention groups (flooding groups) and provided with research-based interventions. During “flooding,” students move between classrooms and receive instruction at their reading level; students at and above grade level receive guided reading with Benchmark books and reading AR books while students below grade level receive instruction with a research-based intervention.

21st Century Skills

21st century skills are embedded throughout the instructional day at Edison. Therefore, every classroom promotes growth in critical thinking and reasoning, information literacy, self-direction, collaboration, invention/innovation and creativity in the development of life-long learners. Student learning is also supported through the use of technology and project-based learning.