Umoja’s year-long curriculum emphasizes non-cognitive skills including academic behaviors, mindsets, and goal-setting.

In addition to regular academic check-ins, students also focus on their ability to solve problems, communicate effectively, and to understand the journey from their present to their future. The curriculum uses Understanding By Design® and is aligned to both Illinois SEL standards and Common Core. Each of the units includes grade-appropriate performance tasks where students demonstrate what they have learned and what skills, knowledge and attitudes they take with them as a result. While each unit is differentiated by grade, the units are thematic and spiral across grades.

Curriculum Units

  • How to Do School
  • College and Career
  • Winning Behaviors
  • Healthy Choices
  • Social Justice and Service-Learning
See examples of Umoja's curriculum in practice.