Recommendations and Guiding Principles for 2020-21 | EL Education Curriculum

Recommendations and Guiding Principles for 2020-21

Last Updated: August 31, 2020

The following recommendations were developed for implementation of the EL Education Grades K-8 Language Arts Curriculum for the 2020-2021 school year and are being incorporated into remote learning resources for the curriculum being created by EL Education.

For more information and to access materials please visit the Flex Curriculum: 2020-21 landing page.

Guiding Principles for Recommendations

  • Prioritizing access to high-quality, grade level texts. The EL Education curriculum is designed to engage students in reading, thinking, talking, and writing about engaging grade level texts on meaningful topics, and this remains a core design principle when designing for the remote or hybrid learning environment. 

  • Placing the teacher at the center of the educational experience for students. Students have been disconnected from the school community, and in many situations, over the spring and summer, tremendous pressure was placed on families and caregivers to lead student learning. In the fall, placing the teacher at the center of the educational experience will help reconnect students to the school and the school community, and will release the pressure from families and caregivers.

  • Prioritizing small group differentiation to accelerate learning and address specific student needs. 

  • Offering flexibility to step between remote learning and classroom-based curriculum instruction to support as many potential schedules, and eventualities, as possible.

Grade Level Recommendations and Rationale

Modules Selected for 2020/2021 School Year with Rationale

To select the three modules to use in the 2020/2021 year, the following criteria were prioritized:

  • 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 less support and guidance from a teacher. If in a full-time classroom environment where students can be fully supported by the teacher in the way the module was intended, some of the modules selected to be omitted for 2020/2021 may be important to teach. In this situation, consider selecting a different module to remove. Note the * next to these modules in the list below.  
  • Minimizing impact in terms of standards

*If in a full-time classroom environment where students can be fully supported by the teacher in the way the module was intended, some of the modules selected to be omitted for 2020/2021 may be important to teach. In this situation, consider selecting a different module to remove.

Grades K-8 (Second Edition)

Grades 6-8 (First Edition 2012)

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