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CKLA Now Online for Free

CKLA Now Online for Free The CKLA Free Download Manager allows you to download all of CKLA for preschool–third grade for free. Please check back often; we will be adding files weekly and expect the entire program to be online before the end of the year. More…

Core Knowledge Bookstore

Core Knowledge Bookstore Our online bookstore is dedicated to providing materials and resoures that directly correlate with the Core Knowledge Sequence. More…

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Ridgeview Classical Schools Featured in AEI Policy Brief

Ridgeview Classical Schools, which use the Core Knowledge Sequence to guide their K–8 curriculum, were recently featured in a policy brief for AEI's Program on American Citizenship. Ridgeview's classical education programembeds necessary knowledge and skills in the context of humanity's enduring questions, earning them high praises in AEI's brief. Learn more about the school and the policy brief here.

Core Knowledge Language Arts Preschool Kits

We are pleased to announce that CKLA Preschool kits, as well as accompanying Student Activity Books, will be available for purchase in printed format for the 2014–2015 school year. Classroom Teacher Kits will include the 18 trade books embedded in the program. For pricing and availability, please visit our online bookstore. CKLA Preschool materials can also be downloaded for free using the CKLA Download Manager

Knowledge at the Core: Don Hirsch, Core Knowledge, and the Future of the Common Core

“Children cannot be truly literate without knowing about history, science, art, music, literature, civics, geography, and more.” That’s the heart of this compendium of essays and companion videos published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. While demonstrating the lack of time devoted to building academic knowledge in the early grades—and the eagerness of elementary grades teachers to spend more time on rich content—Knowledge at the Core asks all of us to “commit to implanting a sequential, content-rich curriculum in the country’s elementary and middle schools.”

“The Best Parts of the Common Core Are Tethered to Core Knowledge,” Says Joel Klein

Joel Klein, in a December 12th forum with David Steiner at the CUNY Institute for Education Policy, spoke candidly about his tenure as NYC schools chancellor. Ranging from school choice to teachers’ academic content knowledge, Klein’s remarks, and Steiner’s tough questions, make for an hour well spent watching the video (and merited great coverage by GothamSchools).

But if you only have two minutes, watch this: Klein’s open admission that Sol Stern was right on the importance of a knowledge-building curriculum and that E. D. Hirsch provides the path to literacy.

The best parts of the Common Core are indeed based on the same cognitive science as Core Knowledge. As the standards state, “By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades” (PDF version, page 10). If you’re wondering what that looks like in practice, check out Core Knowledge Language Arts.

New Holland Core Knowledge Academy Named a 2013 Reward School

Congratulations to New Holland Core Knowledge Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, which has been named a 2013 Reward School by the Georgia Department of Education. New Holland Core Knowledge Academy is distinguished as a High-Progress Reward School—a Title I school among the top 10% in the state that has made the most progress in improving the performance of all students over the past three years.

Core Knowledge Language Arts Now Online for Free

The Core Knowledge Foundation is pleased to announce that Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) can now be downloaded for free. For more information, read the full press release.

Demonstations by a Master Teacher

Diane Tureski, a former New York City public schools reading coach who participated in the CKLA pilot program, leads you through a variety of lesson types from the CKLA Skills strand in these new demonstration videos.

ED. Hirsch, Jr. Featured in The New York Times

A new article in The New York Times features Dr. E. D. Hirsch, Jr. and his many accomplishments--especially his relentless efforts to give all children the specific content knowledge they need to thrive.

Traut Core Knowledge School Named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School

Please join us in congratulating Traut Core Knowledge School, which has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. To learn more about the school and their award, read the full press release.

Revised Edition: What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know

What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know, a part of the grader series for parents, has been revised with illustrated favorite poems; a diverse mix of stories from around the world; fun, friendly introductions to history and geography; art activities; songs to sing and dance to; beginning math concepts; and opportunities for exploring the natural world.

Core Knowledge Language Arts Recommended by Georgia

The Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) curriculum has been approved for use in Georgia schools by the state's board of education. For more informatio, read the full press release.

Aimee Hall Is Named Utah's Charter Teacher of the Year

Please join us in congratulating Aimee Hall, a teacher at Good Foundations Academy, which uses the Core Knowledge Sequence, who has been named the Utah Public Charter School Association's Teacher of the Year. To learn more about Aimee Hall, Good Foundations Academy, and the award, read this press release.

George Washington Academy Is Utah's Charter of the Year

George Washington Academy, which uses the Core Knowledge Sequence, has been named the Utah Public Charter School Association's Charter School of the Year. To learn more about George Washington Academy and the honor it has recieved, please read this press release.

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. Interview

Core Knowledge's founder, E. D. Hirsch, Jr., shares his vision for cultural literacy as a means of narrowing the achievement gap in America and in England in this special interview with Toby Young.

Webinar: Core Knowledge Language Arts for Preschool

Join us (anytime) for our brand new webinar, Preparing Children for Reading Success, an overview of Core Knowledge Language Arts for Preschool. In this presentation, you will learn more about the components of the CKLA program for preschool, the program's alignment to the Common Core State Standards, the structure and content of the program, take a closer look at the three components of the program (Starting the Day, Listening & Learning, and Skills), and consider how to prepare for your own implementation of CKLA-PreK.

Teachers' Perspectives

Teachers have been raving about the Core Knowledge Language Arts program and the results they see in their students' reading skills, content knowledge, and confidence levels. Watch videos from schools using CKLA, and read more about what CKLA looks like in the classroom here.