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CKLA Now Online for Free

CKLA Now Online for Free From student activity books to teacher guides, everything needed for preschool–third grade is finished and fully available for free using the CKLA Download Manager. More…

2014 Regional Conference

2014 Regional Conference Oct. 6–8, 2014                                        Register now for for two and a half days of exploration, support, and enrichment with the Core Knowledge community in spectacular Niagara Falls, NY! More…

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2014 Regional Conference Sessions

A preliminary list of sessions for the 2014 Regional Conference has been released. We're so excited for these fantastic content and best-practices sessions with our friends Jim Weiss, Cathy Bollinger, Derrick Aldridge, Tim Bailey, Dennis Denenberg, Bruce Freeberg, and Rhonda Bondie. 

Libertas School of Memphis to Launch in 2015

We are glad to share that Libertas School of Memphis, Tennessee, has recieved final approval from their school board to launch in 2015. The charter school "will offer a rich, rigorous, and personalized education" using the Core Knowledge curriculum.

Core Knowledge Language Arts Preschool Teacher Kits

We are pleased to announce that CKLA Preschool Teacher Kits, as well as accompanying Student Activity Books, are available for purchase in printed format. Classroom Teacher Kits include the 18 trade books embedded in the program. To order, please visit our online bookstore. CKLA Preschool materials can also be downloaded for free using the CKLA Download Manager

Taken for Granted: Why Curriculum Content Is Like Oxygen

In the latest issue of American Educator, Carolyn Gosse and Lisa Hansel discuss why "a rich curriculum is the necessary precondition for improving schools" and how Core Knowledge Language Arts, a child-friendly, content-rich program, is helping students build broad background knowledge early. Read the full article, as well as other great articles by Susan Neuman and Tanya Wright, Chrys Dougherty, and Ruth Wattenburg on the importance of giving young children the content they deserve, in the full issue.

Domain Planning Made Easy with the New Core Knowledge Domain Planner

We are so excited to announce the release of the Core Knowledge Domain Planner, our newest tool to support your use of the Core Knowledge Sequence. The Domain Planner enables teachers to work together online to create and easily access plans, maps, units, lessons, digital resources, reports, and more. You can learn more through the bookstore.

Core Knowledge Language Arts for P–3: Finished and Free

The Core Knowledge Foundation is pleased to announce that the entire Core Knowledge Language Arts program for preschool–third grade can now be downloaded for free. In addition, the CKLA program for fourth and fifth grades will be released throughout the 2014–2015 school year.

Core Knowledge Preschool Is on Georgia's Approved Curriculum List

We are so proud to share that the Core Knowledge Sequence for Preschool and Core Knowledge Language Arts Preschool have both been named by the state of Georgia as approved preschool curricula.

Ridgeview Classical Schools Featured in AEI Policy Brief

Ridgeview Classical Schools, which use the Core Knowledge Sequence to guide their K–8 curriculum, were recently featured in a policy brief for AEI's Program on American Citizenship. Ridgeview's classical education program embeds necessary knowledge and skills in the context of humanity's enduring questions, earning them high praises in AEI's brief. Learn more about the school and the policy brief here.

Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core

“Children cannot be truly literate without knowing about history, science, art, music, literature, civics, geography, and more.” That’s the heart of this compendium of essays and companion videos published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. While demonstrating the lack of time devoted to building academic knowledge in the early grades—and the eagerness of elementary grades teachers to spend more time on rich content—Knowledge at the Core asks all of us to “commit to implanting a sequential, content-rich curriculum in the country’s elementary and middle schools.”

“The Best Parts of the Common Core Are Tethered to Core Knowledge,” Says Joel Klein

Joel Klein, in a December 12th forum with David Steiner at the CUNY Institute for Education Policy, spoke candidly about his tenure as NYC schools chancellor. Ranging from school choice to teachers’ academic content knowledge, Klein’s remarks, and Steiner’s tough questions, make for an hour well spent watching the video (and merited great coverage by GothamSchools).

But if you only have two minutes, watch this: Klein’s open admission that Sol Stern was right on the importance of a knowledge-building curriculum and that E. D. Hirsch provides the path to literacy.

The best parts of the Common Core are indeed based on the same cognitive science as Core Knowledge. As the standards state, “By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades” (PDF version, page 10). If you’re wondering what that looks like in practice, check out Core Knowledge Language Arts.

New Holland Core Knowledge Academy Named a 2013 Reward School

Congratulations to New Holland Core Knowledge Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, which has been named a 2013 Reward School by the Georgia Department of Education. New Holland Core Knowledge Academy is distinguished as a High-Progress Reward School—a Title I school among the top 10% in the state that has made the most progress in improving the performance of all students over the past three years.

Revised Edition: What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know

What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know, a part of the grader series for parents, has been revised with illustrated favorite poems; a diverse mix of stories from around the world; fun, friendly introductions to history and geography; art activities; songs to sing and dance to; beginning math concepts; and opportunities for exploring the natural world.

Core Knowledge Language Arts Recommended by Georgia

The Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum has been approved for use in Georgia schools by the state's board of education. For more informatio, read the full press release.

Aimee Hall Is Named Utah's Charter Teacher of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Aimee Hall, a teacher at Good Foundations Academy, which uses the Core Knowledge Sequence, who has been named the Utah Public Charter School Association's Teacher of the Year. To learn more about Aimee Hall, Good Foundations Academy, and the award, read this press release.