English Language Arts PreK-12

Megan Shay, Executive Director
Jennifer Craft, Director
Jennifer Senft, Administrative Secretary
Jefferson Building, 3rd Floor 
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue 
Towson, MD 21204 
Elementary ELA Phone: 443-809-4039
Secondary ELA Phone: 443-809-4018

Fax: 410-296-3239

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The Office of English Language Arts PreK-12:

  • Develops, monitors, and revises the elementary and secondary language arts curriculum aligned to the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.
  • Researches, identifies, and develops digital resources to enhance the language arts curriculum and provides resources for responsive instruction that is customized and personalized for all students.
  • Provides ongoing, engaging, and professional learning for teachers, administrators, reading specialists, and department chairs to build a capacity for deep understanding of the standards and best practices for
    literacy instruction in a student centered learning environment.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Special Education and the Office of ESOL to provide leadership for schools in using data to plan responsive instruction for struggling readers.


The BCPS Office of English Language Arts is committed to producing globally competitive graduates who are critical and creative thinkers, accomplished readers and writers, and skillful communicators. 


Our mission is to empower school communities by providing high-quality professional learning and culturally responsive anti-racist curricula to facilitate high expectations and equitable access so that all student groups have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential for personal, social, and academic achievement.