Mosaic Vision and Objectives

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We celebrate Oakridge as a Mosaic Neighborhood School. We choose globally diverse children’s literature to expose students to cultures from around the world. Using these books as mentor texts, teachers implement strategies to scaffold students’ literacy, promote global citizenship, and inspire lifelong learning.

This year’s literacy focus is writing. Our overarching Mosaic theme is cause and effect. Other themes include: connections, perseverance, animals, poetry, music to tell stories, instruments, and reduce, reuse, recycle.

Dawn Amin-Arsala, the project coordinator, collaborates with teachers, parents, and community members to implement the project as well as related school-wide enrichment activities (e.g., author visits, visiting musicians and artists, field trips, and assemblies). Please do read our 2015-2016 Mosaic Books section for more information. If you have any connections to people, organizations, or activities that might support this year’s selections, please contact Ms. Amin-Arsala at


  • Support Oakridge’s SMART Goal focused on improving literacy through integrated, cross-curricular connections.
  • Scaffold and strengthen students’ literacy through school wide instruction of focused strategies.
  • Expose students to different cultures through literature that is reflective of the school’s demographics.
  • Support APS strategic goals focused on developing global citizens by fostering an understanding and respect of the culture, norms, ideas, and feelings of others.