Core Knowledge

Core Knowledge Language Arts

Kindergarten through 2nd grade

English Language Arts Curriculum

Core Knowledge Language Arts is a comprehensive program for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking while also building students’ vocabulary and knowledge across essential domains in literature, global and American history, and the sciences.

CKLA is a two-lock box, a box that requires two keys to open. The first key is decoding skills, which are addressed in CKLA’s Skills strand. The second key is oral language, vocabulary, and background knowledge sufficient to understand what is decoded. These are covered in the Listening & Learning strand. Together, these two strands unlock a lifetime of reading for all children.

In the early grades, CKLA focuses on oral language development through carefully sequenced read-aloud as well as systematic instruction in reading and writing skills. In later grades, CKLA continues to advance students’ knowledge and vocabulary through read-aloud and in-depth discussions while also immersing students in complex texts and advanced writing assignments that draw on the academic content they’ve been engaged in since preschool.

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Literacy Support

Literacy Support

We provide support for students who are struggling with reading and writing using a range of programs:

Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) provides intensive, small-group, supplementary literacy intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult. The goal of LLI is to lift the literacy achievement of students who are not achieving grade-level expectations in reading. More information about LLI is here.

Just Words is a decoding and spelling program for students in grades 4 and up who have gaps in their decoding and spelling proficiency. More information about Just Words is here.

Reading Recovery is a short-term intervention for first graders having extreme difficulty with early reading and writing. A specially trained teaches works individually with students in daily 30-minute lessons lasting 12 to 20 weeks. More information about Reading Recover is here.

Reading Rescue is a short-term intervention for lower grades students who are struggling with early reading and writing. A Reading Rescue tutor works individually with students for 30 minutes a day for about 18 weeks. More information about Reading Rescue is here.

Social Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning

Responsive Classroom provides our framework for social-emotional learning. Responsive Classroom is a research-based approach to K-8 teaching that focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional skills. It is based in the belief that a high-quality education for every child is built on the foundation of a safe and joyful learning community. For more information visit the Responsive Classroom website.

ELA Curriculum

Expeditionary Learning

3rd Grade to 5th Grade

English Language Arts Curriculum

Our Grades 3-5 ELA Curriculum combines rigorous, standards-aligned content with effective instructional practice, bringing together the “what” and “how” of Common Core Success.

The EL curriculum is comprised of four modules, with 3 units in each, which makes up a full year’s curriculum. Each module progresses in a standard sequence: Building Background Knowledge (Unit 1), Extended Reading and Research (Unit 2), and Extended Writing (Unit 3).

Each module comes with books – not textbooks or anthologies – which have been carefully selected and vetted by the authors of the Common Core as the best books for teaching grade level content. These central texts are supported by a list of recommended texts—books, articles, and primary source documents that balance literary and informational texts at appropriate levels of complexity.

Our curriculum gets students excited about learning through great books, compelling topics and ownership of their learning. At the same time, teachers get a vision of the instructional practices that support a Common Core-aligned classroom and the tools to create it.

Go Math!

Go Math!

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Math Curriculum

Go Math! is a comprehensive Grades K-5 mathematics program that supports the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. The program emphasizes Essential Questions and Big Ideas with depth of understanding as the goal. Go Math! Helps students interact with lessons in new ways as they record strategies, explanations, solutions, practice, right in their books, and at every grade level. Practical supports are built into each lesson so all learners (early finishers, gifted and talented students, and those needing extra support or intervention) can achieve success.