What Educators Are Saying | EL Education Curriculum

What Educators Are Saying

EdReports.org: Our curriculum received EdReports.org’s highest reviews. “Modules are developed to support and build knowledge, to intentionally address academic vocabulary, and to scaffold support so that students will independently demonstrate grade-level proficiency at the end of the school year.”

EQuIP: Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products has given its highest "Exemplar” rating to our curriculum units.

New York: New York State commissioned EL Education to create the curriculum and the New York City Department of Education has said it is among “the highest-quality Common Core-aligned curriculum materials currently available.”

Connecticut: The Connecticut State Board of Education has reviewed more than 10 of our curriculum units, giving them its highest “exemplary” rating. The reviewers noted the curriculum “makes reading texts closely, examining textual evidence, and discerning deep meaning, a central focus of instruction and includes a progression of academic vocabulary instruction where skills advance and deepen over time.”

Washington: The Digital Learning Department of the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction recommended several of our modules, noting they are “tightly aligned with standards and clearly addressed shifts throughout. Content is engaging and compelling, which helps middle school students grapple with complex texts. Work encourages meaningful, collegial discourse.”

North Carolina, Wake County Public School SystemThe Wake County Public School System, the 15th largest district in the nation, selected EL Education’s Language Arts Curriculum for a three-year adoption that will begin with Grades 3 and 6 in the 2017-18 school year.

"The conversations about habits of character have really impacted students. They focus more on their own learning that on 'getting it done.'  Students work from the idea that although this is good, I can make it better and better. As they become more adept at giving and receiving feedback, they can become more critical of the feedback itself. They also become able to self-assess, which is a critical component of being college- and career-ready."
- Tammi Bauschka, Literacy Program Specialist, Tucson, Arizona

"Our teachers who have seen the most growth are the ones who were willing to fully and completely dive into the Skills Block. They had to have an open mind, be willing to try something new, and be ready to put some things that may have worked okay in the past behind them. Their classes have soared."
- Sarah Mitchell, Instructional Coach, Greenville, South Carolina

“EL Education’s curriculum has changed me as a teacher, pushing my own growth mindset. It pulled me off the stage and put my students on the stage. They’re leading conversations and thinking through their own answers and processes. Even if they don’t get it right the first time, they keep trying.”
- Tracy Haynes, Teacher, Memphis

"The curriculum as a whole...it's almost like this equal composition of leaning how to become a better teacher...and watching your students become better learners. I feel like this is the roadmap to being a good teacher."
- Richard Finn, Teacher, Boston

Our Curriculum

  • Created by teachers to inspire teachers.
  • Downloaded more than 8 million times.
  • Highest ratings nationally and at the state level.
  • Draws on 25 years of experience across EL’s 150+ schools.
  • Connects students to real world issues, preparing them for college, career, and life.
  • Is grounded in a compelling topics (e.g., “Toys and Play” (Kinder), “Adaptations and the Wide World of Frogs” (Grade 3), “Stories of Human Rights” (Grade 5).
  • Includes multiple complex texts - literary (e.g., Esperanza Rising, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens) and informational (e.g., Animal Behavior: Animal Defenses, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
  • Open-source and free. Download it here.

The Curriculum in Action

Peruse a collection of classroom videos that provide insight into the K-5 Language Arts curriculum and demonstrate key instructional strategies in action.

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