After much thought and consideration, we have decided that it would be in the best interest of our participants and facilitators to cancel the in-person Core Knowledge Leadership Institute scheduled to be held at the DoubleTree in McLean, Va on July 14–15, 2020.  

We recognize that many of you who registered for this event look to the Leadership Institute as an opportunity to build understanding, collect resources, and learn from one another about the ways in which Core Knowledge implementation can be supported and strengthened.  Therefore, we will still be available to support you this summer.

We will be offering much of the content presented in the face-to-face Institute via webinar (and on-demand) July 13–15, 2020. In addition, we are developing a “Leadership Starter Kit,” that can be used to jump-start conversations with staff and stakeholders about Core Knowledge as well as resources that can be used to guide fidelity of implementation. If you registered for the Leadership Institute prior to April 15, 2020, please refer to direct communications from the Foundation for more details.

2020 Core Knowledge Leadership Institute Webinar Series

  • Dates: July 13–15, 2020 (with additional on-demand activities)
  • Time: 11:00am–4:00pm ET (with multiple breaks in between)
  • Topics Addressed will include: Core Knowledge Approach, Core Knowledge Resources, Planning Practices, Family and Community Engagement, Fidelity of Implementation, CKLA Overview, and Common CKLA Implementation Challenges.  In addition, Core Knowledge leaders will share their stories and experiences.
Register for the Leadership Institute Webinar Series


Session 1: Introduction to the Core Approach & Key Implementation Practices

This session begins on Monday, July 13, 2020, at 11:00am ET.


  • All Core Knowledge leaders


  • The CK Approach
  • Practices that Support Planning and Preparation Efforts
  • Strategies that Engage Families and Communities
  • Stories from the Field

Session 2: Strengthening Core Knowledge Implementation

This session begins on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at 11:00am ET.


  • Leaders of schools that use the K–8 Sequence and/or multiple CK resources (e.g., CKHG,
    CKSci, CKLA, etc.) and want to learn more about what fidelity of implementation entails


  • What does it mean to Implement Core Knowledge with Fidelity?
  • Common Implementation Challenges
  • Making Systematic Change
  • Stories from the Field

Session 3: Supporting CKLA Implementation

This session begins on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 11:00am ET.


  • Leaders new to K–5 CKLA
  • Leaders of schools that use K–5 CKLA and want to learn more
    about how to support implementation


  • CKLA Overview: Research, Design Principles & Structure
  • Common Misconceptions and Challenges
  • Stories from the Field
Download the Webinar Series Agenda

Core Knowledge Leader Starter Kit

CK Leader Starter Kit [available in fall 2020 for purchase]

  • (1) copy of E.D. Hirsch, Jr.’s “How to Educate a Citizen,”to be released in September 2020, and (1) ‘Book Study’ Guide that can be used for self-reflection or to lead discussions with staff around the theories and research that informed the Core Knowledge approach. 
  •  “A Case for Core Knowledge” editable presentation and (1) Reference Tool that can be used to facilitate structured conversations with staff and families about CK and the benefits it affords students.
  • (1) printed copy of the Implementation Feedback Report (IFR) Self-Reflection Tool and (1) Reference Tool that includes steps and suggestions as to how one can use the IFR to identify areas of need and develop a plan for systemic change.
  • (1) copy of each K–6 CKHG student reader and 3–5 CKSci reader and (1) Reference Tool that offers guidance and suggestions around how the texts can be “tested out”  (e.g., a supplement to instruction) as well as reflections that can be used to determine the best use at one’s school.

Schools Using Core Knowledge Language Arts

You can participate in the Leadership Institute even if your school only implements CKLA. The Institute presents strategies useful in a wide-range of Core Knowledge settings, including schools whose implementation is based on the Core Knowledge Language Arts® program, as well as schools comprehensively or partially following the Core Knowledge Sequence. While the Institute is not solely focused on supporting CKLA, we will address resources and practices relevant to the program.

If you are looking for training specifically focused on CKLA, please contact our publishing partner, Amplify.

Have more questions?

Want to know more about the Leadership Institute or CK Leader Starter Kit? Please contact us. We are happy to help.