At AWCL, teachers use curricula that supports Academic Rigor, Diversity and Inclusivity, Community Responsiveness, and Environmental Stewardship, as well as teaches students to be Reflective Questioners and Articulate Communicators. As an EL Education inspired school*, AWCL will use many of the core beliefs of EL Education, including offering compelling learning experiences and giving students opportunities to share their learning by giving back to the community. Watch this video from EL Education to get an idea of what this might look like in a classroom!

The links and videos below give more information to show how our curricula choices will allow AWCL to pursue our mission and vision for our school community.


EL Education Language Arts Curriculum - EL Education’s K-5 Language Arts curriculum is a comprehensive, standards-based core literacy program that engages teachers and students through compelling, real world content and builds equitable and inclusive learning opportunities for all students.

Daily 5 and CAFE - Daily 5 is a literacy framework that instills behaviors of independence, creates a classroom of highly engaged readers, writers, and learners, and provides teachers with the time and structure to meet diverse student needs. Because it holds no curricular content, it can be used to meet any school, district, state, or national standards. The Literacy CAFE System provides teachers with a way to maximize student understanding of the four key components of successful reading through the use of the CAFE Menu. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary.

Words Their Way - an approach to spelling and word knowledge that is based on extensive research literature and includes stages of development and instructional levels that are critical to the way students learn to read. This word study program allows teachers to provide differentiated efficient, effective instruction in phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Word study teaches students to examine words to discover the regularities, patterns, and conventions of the English language in order to read, write, and spell. It increases specific knowledge of words – the spelling and meaning of individual words.


Eureka Math - Created by Great Minds, Eureka Math is the most widely used math curriculum in the US. Students are engaged in math-related conversations and demonstrate a deeper level of conceptual understanding.

Daily 3/CAFE - Math Daily 3 is a framework for structuring math time so students develop deep conceptual understanding, mathematical proficiency, and a true love of mathematics. This framework can be adapted to district-adopted curriculums and state mandates. In addition, teachers are able to provide differentiated instruction, helping to ensure that all students reach their potential.

EL Education Workshop Model - Math Workshop 2.0 is a simple framework that provides the clear and concrete structure that allows teachers to focus on the content and teaching. Students grapple with a problem, discuss the problem, focus on explicit instruction, apply what they learn, and reflect on their progress.

Learning Investigations

MN State Science and Social Studies Standards - MN Dept of Education gives teachers lists of academic standards to be taught at each grade level.

Inspired by EL Education and designed by school founders - The co-founders of AWCL are trained and experienced with the EL Education Expedition learning model. We have used the MN science and social studies standards to create year long learning “Investigations” that allow a deeper level of study for students. Within each Investigation we have embedded literacy and math standards, as well as standards from the Arts.

Place-Based Education Model - Place-based education (PBE) immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences, using these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. PBE emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.

Outdoor Learning Spaces - Students will have opportunities to create and enjoy outdoor learning spaces within the AWCL school site.

*Even though AWCL is not affiliated with EL Education, we are inspired by the EL Education model and use their core practices as a guide within our school system.