Oakland Unified School District Adopts the EL Education K-5 Language Arts Curriculum
On Wednesday, May 26th, 2021, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Education voted to adopt the EL Education K-5 Language Arts curriculum.
“The curriculum will help ensure elementary school students are thinking critically and engaging with culturally relevant material and complex texts—all to close the literacy gap,” said Wesley Jacques, Executive Director of Academics and Instructional Innovation for OUSD.
, Chief Academic Officer for OUSD
“We want to prepare Oakland students so they can achieve their hopes and dreams. That begins with every Oakland student being a critical thinker and strong reader. When OUSD students are strong critical thinkers, they will understand the world around them, advocate for change, and make the world a better place.”
OUSD has been piloting the EL Education curriculum since 2019 in 19 elementary schools in partnership with 291 teachers and 6,338 students. The pilot included 123 hours of professional learning and progress monitoring, designed for continuous improvement toward excellent equitable outcomes.
Teachers participating in the pilot shared feedback based on their experiences. “In the classroom, it’s magical,” said Precious James, OUSD Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020. “Students take more ownership…. They love the texts.” Watch the video for more teacher testimonials.
OUSD convened committees of teachers and experts to explore and recommend the best curricula for students. In a vote of 19-0, the ELA Elementary Curriculum Steering Committee recommended the EL Education curriculum.
, Superintendent, OUSD
“EL Education is about ensuring students are thinking critically and engaging with culturally relevant materials. Students will have rich, authentic reading and writing experiences, and everything they do will have a lens on equity.”
EL Education is thrilled to welcome OUSD educators, students, and families to our national Crew of district partners. “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished together in a courageous group of pilot schools during a pandemic, and we look forward to working with many more members of the Oakland community. Excellent equitable outcomes for all students are in our sights,” said Scott Hartl, President and CEO of EL Education.
Beginning in the summer of 2021, EL Education will partner with OUSD to deliver foundational professional development that will continue throughout the school year with weekly teacher collaboration time and monthly professional development support.