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EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21 page for recommendations developed for implementation of the EL Education Grades K-8 Language Arts Curriculum for the 2020-21 school year.

1. What is included in the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21?

  • Recommendations for teaching the curriculum in a variety of formats in the fall, including assessment recommendations;
  • Adaptations of the existing curriculum for teaching in the 2020-21 school year;
  • Sample schedules for teaching the curriculum remotely or in a hybrid format;
  • A standards crosswalk outlining recommendations for incorporating the skills potentially missed in the previous grade level;
  • Options for digital and remote text access;
  • K-2 Video lessons for streaming or potential public broadcast;
  • Guidance for addressing sensitive topics found in our curriculum.

2. When will the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21 be ready?

Our recommendations are ready on the web page now to support strategic planning. The standards crosswalk, trade book access options, and sample schedules will be ready in July. The adapted lessons and video lessons will be available on a rolling basis from July to September. Check the page periodically for updates and subscribe to our curriculum mailing list here for notifications.

3. Who can use the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21?

The curriculum guidance (and resources) applies to anyone implementing the EL Education Grades K-8 Language Arts Curriculum.

4. When should I use the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21?

Curriculum adaptations should be used in the 2020-21 school year only due to the ramifications of the coronavirus. We recommend you use the standard EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum when schools are in session in person after 2021.

5. What teaching environment does the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21 support?

The EL Education 2020-2021 curriculum guidance is flexible for any teaching format whether remote, in-person, or hybrid. The resources have been designed to put teachers back at the center of the educational experience for students and therefore require technology to access synchronous, teacher-led instruction.

6. Are all trade books available digitally?

Access to the required trade books in our curriculum is one of the most urgent needs for teachers, schools, and districts during the COVID-19 pandemic. EL Education is working to ensure that all trade books featured in our remote curriculum have flexible options for student access--including video read-alouds in K-2, and ebook or printable options for 3-8 -to ensure equitable access to learning for all students. These options will be at cost.

7. What is the biggest difference between the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum and the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21?  

To ensure adequate time for students to both adapt to the new school community and environment, and to build the necessary skills to be able to demonstrate mastery in the current grade-level skills, educators are encouraged to facilitate three modules of content-based literacy per grade level instead of four. Lesson timing has also been adjusted to meet student needs in the remote learning environment. To view the recommended modules for the 2020-21 school year visit EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21.

8. What criteria was used when selecting modules for the 2020-21 school year?

To select the three modules to use in the 2020/2021 year, EL Education focused on maintaining diversity across a grade level and grade band considering authors, characters, and the stories being told, ensuring content is appropriate for students in a fully remote environment where there might be potentially less support and guidance from a teacher, and minimizing impact in terms of standards.

9. Will more information be added to the EL Education Flex Curriculum: 2020-21?

Materials and resources will be added on a rolling basis between July and September.  

10. What data and research inform EL Education's recommendations?

EL Education gathered survey responses from 600+ educators across the country. Their input about curriculum needs and experiences strengthened our guidance. EL Education also consulted recommendations from leaders in the field of literacy and the science of reading, including SAP, Chiefs for Change, and UnboundED.

11. What other support does EL Education have for reopening?

EL Education's Guidance for Reopening is a set of resources, research, and recommendations that support schools and districts through planning for reopening, wellness, and innovating in the way we do school. Whether you're a longstanding partner or brand new to EL Education's core practices, our guidance can support strategic planning for equitable outcomes.

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