CONTACT:  BARABARA DAVIDSON                                                    





School Tour Will Celebrate District Efforts to Improve Instruction

The Knowledge Matters Campaign is excited to announce upcoming visits to three Delaware school districts that have implemented high-quality math curricula. Comprising the campaign’s first mathematics-focused tour, the visits will showcase schools improving student engagement and achievement in math through their implementation of high-quality instructional materials.

The districts selected for the tour are pioneers in the adoption of high-quality math curricula and serve as models for the state’s strategic shift to high-quality instructional materials. According to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), 70% of Delaware students across all grade levels now have access to high-quality math materials. The campaign’s visit to Delaware will capture and celebrate the stories of these forward-looking districts as they lead the way in aligning to evidence-based mathematics instruction.

The Knowledge Matters School Tour – whose motto is to “find the good and praise it” – garners national awareness for states and districts implementing high-quality instructional materials. Since 2018, the tour has visited over 20 districts across the country where educators are adopting evidence-based and engaging instruction. Initially focused solely on English language arts/literacy curricula, the campaign has expanded to highlighting science and math curricula in the past year.

“We are honored to welcome the Knowledge Matters Campaign back to Delaware and are so pleased that they have chosen our state to launch this focus on mathematics instruction,” said Dr. Mark Holodick, Secretary of Education for the Delaware Department of Education.

“The state has become a national leader in supporting district adoption of high-quality curricula and teacher development,” said Barbara Davidson, Executive Director of the Knowledge Matters Campaign. “Delaware is the perfect place to highlight that high-quality mathematics instruction is every bit as important as literacy.” The following districts will be visited. Media is invited to participate.

  • Caesar Rodney School District: March 21-22
  • Appoquinimink School District: March 23-24
  • Brandywine School District: March 29-30


About The Knowledge Matters Campaign   The Knowledge Matters Campaign is a project of StandardsWork, a non-profit advocacy organization that focuses on identifying high-impact levers that produce academic improvements, specifically the vital role curriculum plays in supporting teaching excellence, the importance of building deep background knowledge in students, and the “octane” that specific evidence-based instructional practices can provide. Through media campaigns, publications, blogs, and thought leadership, StandardsWork highlights the benefits of high-quality curriculum adoption and implementation, promotes research on the “curriculum effect,” and elevates educator voices in support of a curriculum renaissance.