CKLA Now Online for Free
From student activity books to teacher guides, everything needed for preschool–third grade and several units from grades 4–5 are fully available for free using the CKLA Download Manager. More…
2014 Regional Conference
Oct. 6–8, 2014 Register now for for two and a half days of exploration, support, and enrichment with the Core Knowledge community in spectacular Niagara Falls, NY! More…
Several Units from Grades 4 and 5 CKLA Added to Download Manager
In conjunction with our publishing partner, Amplify Education, Inc., we are pleased to announce that 64 new CKLA lessons—each with 90 minutes of knowledge- and skill-building, Common Core–aligned activities—are now available for free download. Read more here.
Save the Date: The Wealth of Words
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.'s webinar as part of Student Success Week is now available online. In this webinar, Hirsch shares his insights on the importance of content-rich curriculum and how the teaching of vocabulary--within the context of a cumulative and sequenced curriculum--can affect change in our educational system.
The Top Innovative Person in Education Today?
Why, that would be none other than E. D. Hirsch, Jr.! Read the full article, featuring Hirsch along with another 30 innovators, here.
The Cure for the Common Core
In the national debate about the merits of the Common Core State Standards, little attention has been paid to what should be taught to meet these standards. The Common Core specifies some critical content, but many decisions are left up to the state and local levels. On October 8, the Baltimore Curriculum Project is hosting a panel of experts to discuss why teaching content knowledge is important, how to teach it, and the implications for the Common Core State Standards.
Regional Conference Keynote Speaker: Daniel Willingham
We are so pleased to announce that Daniel Willingham will be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Regional Conference in Niagara Falls, New York. Willingham, a distinguished cognitive psychologist, will be speaking on "Helping Parents Promote Lifelong Learning."
2014 Classical Education Summit
Join fellow classical educators at this year's Classical Education Summit in Longmont, Colorado on November 7–8. The summit will enrich your understanding of classical education, while you learn how it can be best implemented.
2014 Regional Conference Sessions
The full schedule for the 2014 Core Knowledge Regional Conference is now available. Additional details will be added as they become available. We're so excited for these fantastic content and best-practices sessions with our friends Jim Weiss, Cathy Bollinger, Derrick Aldridge, Tim Bailey, Dennis Denenberg, Bruce Freeberg, and Rhonda Bondie.
Parker Core Knowledge School Celebrates Its Twentieth Year
Parker Core Knowledge School, a preschool–grade 8 charter and official Core Knowledge school in Parker, Colorado, celebrated is celebrating its twentieth year of service. Read more about the school and its special anniversary here.
E. D. Hirsch Included in The Politico 50
E. D. Hirsch's dedication to equalizing opportunity is recognized with his inclusion in the Politico 50. As noted in its encapsulation of his work, "Hirsch’s argument was revolutionary: All children, regardless of background, should be taught the shared intellectual foundation—from Euclid to Shakespeare to Seneca Falls—needed ‘to thrive in the modern world.’”
Grayhawk Elementary School Named a Core Knowledge School of Distinction
Grayhawk Elementary School, a public school in Scottsdale, Arizona, was recently named a Core Knowledge School of Disctinction, with honors for purposeful student engagement in the classroom. Read more about the school here.
Jim Weiss to Present at 2014 Core Knowledge Regional Conference
Jim Weiss— storyteller, author, and recording artist—will be joining us at the 2014 Core Knowledge Regional Conference, presenting on preschool–grade 2 Core Knowledge topics on day one, and on using storytelling in the classroom (preschool–grade 5) on day two. We hope you can join us for this special opportunity!
Libertas School of Memphis to Launch in 2015
We are glad to share that Libertas School of Memphis, Tennessee, has recieved final approval from their school board to launch in 2015. The charter school "will offer a rich, rigorous, and personalized education" using the Core Knowledge curriculum.
Core Knowledge Language Arts Preschool Teacher Kits
We are pleased to announce that CKLA Preschool Teacher Kits, as well as accompanying Student Activity Books, are available for purchase in printed format. Classroom Teacher Kits include the 18 trade books embedded in the program. To order, please visit our online bookstore. CKLA Preschool materials can also be downloaded for free using the CKLA Download Manager.
Taken for Granted: Why Curriculum Content Is Like Oxygen
In the latest issue of American Educator, Carolyn Gosse and Lisa Hansel discuss why "a rich curriculum is the necessary precondition for improving schools" and how Core Knowledge Language Arts, a child-friendly, content-rich program, is helping students build broad background knowledge early. Read the full article, as well as other great articles by Susan Neuman and Tanya Wright, Chrys Dougherty, and Ruth Wattenburg on the importance of giving young children the content they deserve, in the full issue.
Domain Planning Made Easy with the New Core Knowledge Domain Planner
We are so excited to announce the release of the Core Knowledge Domain Planner, our newest tool to support your use of the Core Knowledge Sequence. The Domain Planner enables teachers to work together online to create and easily access plans, maps, units, lessons, digital resources, reports, and more. You can learn more through the bookstore.
Core Knowledge Language Arts for P–3: Finished and Free
The Core Knowledge Foundation is pleased to announce that the entire Core Knowledge Language Arts program for preschool–third grade can now be downloaded for free. In addition, the CKLA program for fourth and fifth grades will be released throughout the 2014–2015 school year.
Core Knowledge Preschool Is on Georgia's Approved Curriculum List
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 program embeds 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.
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.
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.