Curricula and Training

The Education Fund develops culturally responsive curricula to supplement core ELA and Social Science content with SEL and literacy-rich lessons that bring grade-level ELA, SS, and ELD standards to life for students. Our two curriculum products, the K-5th grade “Heart and Mind” Social Science curriculum and the 6th-8th grade “Our Voice” ELA curriculum, are both aligned with grade-level standards as well as embedding social-emotional learning competencies aligned with Cesar Chavez’s core values.

We Strive for Students to:

Strengthen literacy and language development skills

Learn and practice social-emotional learning strategies

Learn ELA and Social Science through culturally relevant texts

Activate their own leadership within their communities

K-5th Heart and Mind Curriculum

  • Two-quarters of 25 ELA/social science lessons
  • Includes training and support: Preservice virtual training and during-unit check-ins with CCF coach
  • Each quarter culminates in a writing or service learning project
  • Students grow in ELD standards and teachers grow in culturally responsive pedagogy

6-8th Our Voice Curriculum

  • Project-based unit culminating in student presentations
  • ELA/ELD Common Core State Standards-aligned (CCSS), measured on pre-/post-writing task
  • SEL and Social Justice competencies aligned
  • Initial training and during-unit check-ins with CCF coach

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I loved the training, especially the emphasis on student talk, academic discourse, the importance of circles, [and] the social justice pedagogy emphasis. I thought overall it was wonderful.

– R. Espiritu, Ethnic Studies Coordinator at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy