The literacy system you need to differentiate instruction.

Get to know each of your students as a reader and build a plan for their needs.

What's CAFE?

CAFE is what and how you are teaching while students are independently engaged in authentic reading and writing (Daily 5).

This includes whole group, small group, and one-on-one instruction.

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Why is it called CAFE?

The acronym CAFE stands for the literacy goals of Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary.

We use a visible menu to showcase these four goals along with the strategies readers use to meet the four main goals of reading.

The CAFE System provides many benefits to classrooms in addition to the use of the CAFE Menu.


A common language for students and teachers around reading that both understand

Progress Monitoring

A system for ongoing assessment that you will use to inform what you teach


A method for the teacher to scaffold learning and meet readers where they are

Common Goal

A practice of accountability for teacher and student.
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How to get started

We have combined the essential components of CAFE and Daily 5 to create one system, Prepared Classroom.

Learn about this journey.   What's Prepared Classroom?


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Option 1

Prepared Classroom

Get all 9 Prepared Classroom courses, expert support, and the whole library of resources to strengthen your implementation. Optimize your conditions for teaching and your students conditions for learning!


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Option 2

Do the Book Study

This on-demand seminar will take you chapter by chapter through the book, providing clarity in your thinking along the way.


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