Curriculum Case Study: How an English Language Arts Program Is Leveling the Playing Field in Classrooms Where the Majority of Students Live in Poverty

The following article first appeared in “The 74” on February 19, 2020. This is the second in a series of pieces from a Knowledge Matters Campaign tour of school districts in Tennessee. Sullivan County sits in the northeast corner of the state and is home to almost 9,200 students. The school system has received national…

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The Importance of Student Reading in the Sciences

Why Does Core Knowledge Science Offer Student Readers? Current research suggests that teaching reading strategies has value in helping students recognize the purpose of reading and may lead to a slight boost in reading comprehension scores, but not the sustained improvement that would be indicative of true literacy. Something is still missing. What’s missing is…

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A New Year, a Renewed Commitment

As a nonprofit organization, the Core Knowledge Foundation is dedicated to supporting schools and educators to ensure excellence and equity in education for all children.  To that end, almost a decade ago, the Foundation made the bold and unprecedented decision to provide free access to our preschool through grade 2 ELA program, Core Knowledge Language…

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Announcing the Publication of K-2 CKHG Instructional Materials

Announcing the Publication of K-2 CKHG Instructional Materials Spread the news! Twenty-four NEW American and World History Grade K−2 Student Books and Teacher Guides in the Core Knowledge History and Geography™ (CKHG™) series are now available for free download. For those who prefer our beautifully illustrated print editions, order now before price increases go into…

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The Shortcomings of Lucy Calkins’s Units of Study

This article, which first appeared in the January 22, 2020 edition of Flypaper, is reprinted here with the permission of its author, Robert Pondiscio I owe my education career to reader’s workshop, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and its founder Lucy Calkins. I started as a mid-career switcher with a two-year commitment to…

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Student eBooks: Providing Access, Promoting Engagement

Electronic books (“eBooks”), which have become more and more popular in classrooms with each passing year, offer students unique experiences with texts.  In some cases the eBook simply serves as digital version of a curriculum text or trade book that students can access on a tablet at school or at home.  In other situations, the…

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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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