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Compton Unified School District

Elementary Initiatives

Swun Math

Swun math involves the utilization of mathematic strategies that are modeled after the lesson design and pedagogy of the world’s highest performing nations. Its approach to content standards instruction ensures that students develop procedural skills, conceptual understanding and application problem solving. Learn more.

English Learner Initiative

The Coaching Alongside consultant began the work with CUSD in the 2008-2009 school year. The goal of the program is to ensure that appropriate teaching and learning is occurring for all students based on the California grade-level standards for each content area for access to the core curriculum, as well as the development of English. Learn more.


PBIS is a team based, systematic approach in teaching behavioral expectations throughout the school. It is based on a proactive model which teaches the behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors and has systems in place to support students who have a difficult time or may present with more challenging behaviors. The team approach is what truly makes this system work and we really need every family’s support to help us be successful. Learn more.

Kindergarten Initiative

This initiative incorporates first-grade curriculum in kindergarten. CUSD has a full-day kindergarten and the kindergarten Language Arts program was designed for a half-day kindergarten. Learn more.

Universal Template

The Universal Templates were developed by the Elementary Division of Curriculum and Instruction and teachers to increase the focus on standards and rigor of the Open Court program.  Learn more.


Through the ELD/ELA block, schools are strategically grouping students to allow teachers to focus instruction and attention on the needs of various subgroups. Students are placed in classrooms by CELDT level for a portion of the day where teachers are teaching ELD and ELA standards.  Learn more.

Mainstream English Language Development (MELD)

Dr. Noma LeMoine is a nationally recognized expert on issues of language variation and learning in African American and other students for whom Standard English is not native. She has written and spoken extensively on the topic and is a highly sought-after consultant to colleges, universities, and school districts nationwide.  Learn more.

Response to Intervention (RTI)

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-step approach to providing services to struggling students. Teachers provide instruction and interventions to them at increasing levels of intensity. They also monitor the progress students make at each intervention level and use the assessment results to decide whether the students need additional instruction or intervention in general education or referral to special education.  Learn more.

Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps are visual teaching tools that foster and encourage lifelong learning. They are based on a simple yet profound insight: The one common instructional thread that binds together all teachers, from pre-kindergarten through postgraduate, is that they all teach the same thought processes. Learn more.

Laurel Writing Template

In 2006, teachers at Laurel Elementary School in the Compton Unified School District formed a writing committee to design a writing program to converge isolated skills that typically overwhelm teachers and students The Laurel Street Writing Program is innovative because it prescribes a consistent structure for organizing student writing and has progressively rigorous frames that are applicable to different writing genres for all grade levels. Learn more.


AIMSweb is a benchmark and progress monitoring system used by Kindergarten through 8th grade students based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment. Learn more.

Daily Write Connection

The Write Connection is a three part program that consists of a Language Arts by Topic component, which teaches grammar and conventions, a Pre-Writes component that focuses on a variety of writing domains, and a meaningful Rubric System.  Learn more.

Write to Learn

Write to Learn allows students to type their paragraphs and essays directly into this program on the computer. The program gives them a prompt, scores the paper using a rubric, and makes suggestions on how to make their papers more fluent. Students are also able to submit their work for suggestions, revise, then re-submit for a higher rubric score.


ZEOS is an online standards mastery program that utilizes “gamification,” the application of elements of game-based learning design, to engage students in Language Arts and Math. Students are able to create their own “avatars” and there is a reward system for correct answers. Teachers are able to assign specific standards to students for practice to make this program focused on the needs of students.

Academic Vocabulary Toolkit- Dr. Kate Kinsella

Dr. Kinsella is a popular lecturer, consultant, and renowned researcher focusing on effective strategies for teaching academic language. She places particular emphasis on practices that are successful in teaching English language learners. Learn more.