Our Flagship Curriculum

Real Stories, Real Teens

Our work with young people and youth professionals led us to develop our own curriculum program to help engage adolescents in reading while also helping them to develop socially and emotionally.

The Real Stories program engages adolescents in reading by connecting the to true stories written by teens.  The program has three distinct curriculum guides: Real Stories, Real TeensReal Jobs, Real Stories; and, Real Stories, Real Men.  Written in collaboration with Youth Communication, each guide helps facilitators foster meaningful discussion, provide hands-on activities and lead reflection that build toward academic and social-emotional competencies.  DWL also provides training and implementation support for the Real Stories, Real Teens program.

Real Stories, Real Teens

Association for Educational Publishers award 2008 Best Curriculum for a Specialized Audience, Association of Educational Publishers

Real Stories, Real Teens promotes reading while helping teens recognize their strengths, form values, build strong relationships, and make smart decisions. Learn more and order.

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Association for Educational Publishers award 2011 Best Curriculum, Life Skills & Character Education, Association of Educational Publishers

Real Stories, Real Men is designed specifically for young men of color. This curriculum provides engaging activities centered around true stories written by teens for their peers that will help young men explore issues and develop values. Learn more and order.

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Real Jobs, Real Stories uses true stories written by teens, young adult literature, and hands-on activities to teach young adults what it takes to prepare for, find, and succeed at work. Learn more and order.

Read the evaluation of the pilot of our Real Jobs, Real Stories program.

Learn more about the Real Stories series and order.


If you would like more information about developing curriculum, please contact us:

Phone: 212.244.4351

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