We've talked about it for years. All teachers in the building (not just the ELA teachers) should be versed in helping students read and write across the curriculum. The Common Core expects this as identified in the literacy standards for Social Studies and Science.
In this article, the writer states, "Reading and writing skills should not be the responsibility of English teachers alone, but of all teachers. I teach biology, so coaching my students in writing isn't exactly in my comfort zone. But among my ninth grade students, writing and research skills were weak. As teachers, we often ask our students to step outside their comfort zones. Sometimes teachers need to do that too." *applause-hollar-cheer*
"It's important for teachers to look outside our own curricular comfort zones in order to provide unique learning opportunities to students. I gained not only insight into the lives of my students, but also valuable supplements to my curriculum, and overwhelming pride in my students."
She's the kind of teacher from which I could learn Biology!