The Preschool Sequence and Teacher Handbook offers guidance based on research and best practices in early childhood education. More…
Common Core State Standards
The Core Knowledge Foundation supports the common standards initiative. Voluntary standards are "a not-to-be-missed opportunity" for American education. —E. D. Hirsch, Jr. More…
Implementation Analysis ToolsEnsuring the Fidelity of Your Core Knowledge Implementation
The following tools will assist you in ensuring the fidelity of your Core Knowledge implementation:
Core Knowledge Implementation Guide
What it means to be a Core Knowledge School - Webinar introduction to the Core Implementation Practices
The Implementation Feedback Rubric is used throughout your implementation to evaluate the progress of your implementation. The tool provides for the focus of feedback on various areas of implementation, describing what each area might look like as it emerges, develops, and finally exemplifies the Core Implementation Practices. The rubric can also be used to conduct a high-level self-evaluation of your implementation.
Curriculum Planning Tools
The curriculum planning tools assist with planning the instructional portion of your implementation. Although use of the Core Knowledge templates is not required, the Core Knowledge rubrics will be used to evaluate your implementation and ensure key components of your instructional documentation.
Analysis of Curriculum and Practices Visit
This rigorous review, conducted by a team of Core Knowledge Foundation representatives, will evaluate a school's eligibility to be designated a Core Knowledge Official School. During the analysis visit, the Core Knowledge Foundation team will assess the level of commitment to the Core Knowledge curriculum and approach and evaluate the extent to which the implementation practices have been met.
The following documents are representative of the types and content of tools used during the analysis visit:
The Preschool Snapshot: Implementation and Observation Checklists is used to evaluate implementation of the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence.