CONTACT:  BARABARA DAVIDSON                                                    

Tour Will Highlight Local Efforts to Implement High-Quality Instructional Materials

The Knowledge Matters Campaign will visit Seaford, Cape Henlopen, Brandywine, and Red Clay School Districts over the next month as part of a national tour that highlights schools and districts using high-quality instructional materials to improve literacy, student engagement, and student achievement. The four Delaware districts were selected because they are pioneers in adopting a new breed of English language arts (ELA) curriculum that is both rigorous and seeks to foster students’ love of reading and writing.

The Knowledge Matters School Tour, which has been ongoing since early 2018, has showcased 15 school districts across the country implementing curriculum that intentionally builds students’ background knowledge of the world as literacy skills are being developed.

“We are honored to have the Knowledge Matters Campaign visit us,” Delaware’s Secretary of Education, Dr. Susan Bunting, shared.  “One of the most important decisions district and school leaders can make to ensure teachers are delivering the best possible instruction every day is to adopt, and then support teachers in implementing, high-quality instructional materials.”

“We have been impressed by actions taken at the state- and district-level to support the adoption of the high-quality curriculum and to provide teachers with the resources they need so they can focus their energies on bringing rigorous, engaging lessons to life,” said Barbara Davidson, Executive Director of the Knowledge Matters Campaign.  

The School Tour is an opportunity for teachers and school leaders to share with other educators what their learning journey has entailed.  Embracing a unified, core curriculum – rather than creating curriculum themselves – is a new approach for many educators.  One goal of the Tour is to provide the opportunity for  district leaders from around the state to hear – directly from teachers – what these pioneering districts learned from their experience.   

Participants in the Tour will have the opportunity to observe classrooms, review student work, interview principals and teachers, and sit in on roundtable discussions that give school leaders, teachers, and parents an opportunity to share the impact the curriculum is having on student achievement. The roundtable discussions are open to the media.  


  • April 19-20 Seaford Public Schools
  • April 20-21 Cape Henlopen Public Schools
  • May 10-11 Brandywine School District
  • May 12-13 Red Clay Schools

The Knowledge Matters Campaign is a project of StandardsWork, a non-profit advocacy organization whose mission is to “find the good and praise it.”  The campaign garners national awareness for the importance of building students’ background knowledge of the world through high-quality literacy instruction. To date, the Knowledge Matters School Tour has visited fifteen districts across the country whose implementation of high-quality, knowledge-building curricula is considered by the campaign to be praiseworthy.