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 Arts (CKLA). From the comprehensive Teacher Guides, to the engaging student texts, to the vivid images and original artwork, the entire PreK–2 CKLA program was made available for FREE downloadSince that time, the Foundation has added free access to grades 3–5 CKLA and is continuing to develop new units for grades 4 and 5. This means that anyone can download and use at no cost (noncommercial use only) ALL CKLA resources for Preschool–Grade 5!

Along with CKLA units, the Foundation also released a plethora of free professional learning tools designed to support and strengthen teachers’ implementation of CKLA.  These include:

  • Turnkey professional development training kits
  • On-demand (interactive) presentations
  • Video clips of implementation in action
  • Pacing guides
  • FAQ
  • And more!

All CKLA professional learning resources can be found in our Implementation Guide.

In addition, the Core Knowledge Foundation has recently completed a comprehensive Core Knowledge History and Geography (CKHG) program for Kindergarten–Grade 6. The CKHG instructional materials (52 units) are designed to align, supplement, and enrich the use of CKLA.

Our Focus in 2020

As we start 2020, a new decade, the Core Knowledge Foundation is committed to renewing our support to our school leaders, teachers, and families by continuing to add to this work as well as strengthen our Core Knowledge Network.

Products Currently in Development

  • Core Knowledge Science (grades K–2)
  • Core Knowledge Biography Series (grades 3–5)
  • Core Knowledge Core Classics The Iliad and the Odyssey and Julius Caesar
  • CKArt and CKMusic resources (grades K–5)

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Strengthening Our Network

Connecting Core Knowledge Educators

The Foundation facilitates multiple Facebook discussion groups where educators from across the country share ideas and ask questions.  Using Instagram or Twitter (#ckschools), you can view and share some of the great work your students are doing through Core Knowledge.

Increasing the Visibility of Schools

Through our new Core Knowledge School Network, you can make your school visible to prospective parents and teachers as well as other Core Knowledge schools in your local area.

Answering Questions

Members of the Core Knowledge Foundation team are available to answer your questions and provide guidance that can support your implementation.  Contact us.

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