Teaching Values and Character Education Using Core Knowledge

How did George Washington’s leadership at Valley Forge, and his later insistence that he serve only two terms as president, reflect his virtuous character? What did Ida B. Wells’s fight against Jim Crow laws and lynching say about an individual’s moral duty in America? Why did Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo decide to break the…

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Summer Reading for Teachers!

It’s official—summer is finally here! This is a great time for Core Knowledge teachers to discover some new books . . . beginning with some classics that may be new to you. You might start by looking at the book titles listed in the Language Arts section of each grade level of the Core Knowledge…

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Core Knowledge School Ranks First in Colorado SAT Scores

Congratulations to Liberty Common High School’s class of 2019! Seniors at the Fort Collins, Colorado, charter school broke the state SAT record with a total mean score of 1322.  The impressive numbers earned top ranking in the state, a clear 25 points ahead of second-place. For the 2017-2018 school year, the overall mean score for high…

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Montessori Meets Core Knowledge in Memphis

Combining Montessori and Core Knowledge might strike some educators as paradoxical—but as the Libertas School in Memphis demonstrates, the combination can open worlds of wonder and knowledge.

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It’s National Children’s Book Week

Through May 6th, it’s National Children’s Book Week, a great time to revisit favorite classics and an opportunity to explore the wide range of voices and perspectives in works by contemporary authors. We’d like to introduce you to the works of Jacqueline Woodson.

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Louisiana’s Remarkable Reading Test

The Louisiana Department of Education announced a plan to develop a new reading test to pilot in five districts. The test incentivizes the kind of teaching and learning disadvantaged students need to close pernicious achievement gaps in ELA. The pilot signals the critical awareness that language proficiency is knowledge dependent, and that educational equity is not served by ignoring this or trying to wish it away.

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A Brief Appreciation of E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Daniel Willingham, Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, offers a succinct appreciation of three profound ideas that E. D. Hirsch, Jr. has contributed to the national discussion of education in America.

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