Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

John F. Kennedy

Whether you are just getting started or looking for a refresher in our approach, the Leadership Institute has professional development opportunities for you. Hear stories from experienced Core Knowledge leaders, network with other educators from across the country, and learn more about how to support your colleagues and students as they dive into Core Knowledge.

Washington DC

Join Us July 14–15, 2022


The 2022 Leadership Institute is currently full. If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please complete this form. Please note that by joining the wait list does not guarantee a spot.


The 2022 Core Knowledge Leadership Institute will take place at the DoubleTree, McLean Tysons hotel on July 14–15, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Participate in one or both days of the Institute.

Overview of the Schedule

  • Thursday, July 14: Introduction to the Core Implementation Practices
  • Friday, July 15: Choose from a range of sessions throughout the morning and afternoon.

The event will follow all local and venue COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of participants — our first and foremost priority. Social distancing and other safety protocols are subject to change based on these guidelines and recommendations.

Lodging Details

Travelers to the Washington, D.C. area are welcome to stay at the DoubleTree, McLean Tysons hotel, where the Leadership Institute sessions will all take place. See the location and lodging details for more information.

2022 Leadership Institute Sessions

The Thursday session will be an introduction to the Core Implementation Practices. Friday sessions cover a range of topics to strengthen and support Core Knowledge implementation. For session descriptions and intended audiences, download the Session Descriptions PDF.

Download the event program

Are there helpful sessions for schools that only use CKLA?

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.

Other Supports for Leaders

If you have 10+ leaders in your district or network, we would be happy to host a professional learning experience just for your school leaders. The training can be delivered on-site, such as:

  • One-two day training designed to support leaders implementing the Core Knowledge Sequence and other Core Knowledge curricula (e.g., CKHG, CKSci, and/or CKLA).
  • One-two day training designed for CKLA leaders. This includes an introduction to the Core Implementation Practices and addressing common implementation challenges.

Please contact us for more information.

If you are unable to schedule and/or participate in a Core Knowledge Leadership training, we’ve still got you covered.  Our NEW Leader Starter Kit offers school leaders specific guidance and a wealth of tools that can be used to build buy-in with staff, develop understandings around the research that served as the underpinning of the Core Knowledge approach, and strengthen implementation.

Audience: NEW Core Knowledge leaders

The kit contents would also be beneficial for an experienced leader who is looking to provide staff with a “refresher” around this approach and/or to orient new staff.

The kit is designed to assist leaders in meeting four goals:

  1. Introduce staff and/or school community to Core Knowledge and the benefits this approach affords students.
  2. Build deeper understandings around the theories and research that informs the Core Knowledge approach.
  3. Establish a process for piloting materials and reflecting on results.
  4. Self-assess implementation of Core Knowledge in order to identify strengths and areas of need.

For more information, please visit the Core Knowledge bookstore:

Have Questions?

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