Staff at Caughlin Ranch Elementary learned more about the Core Knowledge curricular materials and about sites currently working with the resource. The session included some learning on why you would build a coherent body of knowledge followed by teachers hearing more about the context for why some classroom teachers initially gravitated to the resource. In fact, this is one of the little known facts about CK in Washoe. The first work around CK had no district sponsorship. Instead, it was classroom teachers who saw value in the materials and started sharing their successes with the district. In turn, the district started observing what was happening and this led to a more formal pilot at one elementary school.
You can download the session PowerPoint here.
Article 1: Impact of NCLB
Article 2: The 4th Grade Slump