Visit Classrooms

Our Knowledge Matters School Tour has had the honor of visiting top districts to see inspiring work with knowledge-building curriculum.

These classroom stories highlight the many benefits of this powerful approach to teaching and learning.

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Benefits

Curricula

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1st Grade Students – Elizabethton City Schools , Elizabethon, TN

“If there’s a big word, I just think in my head and sound it out. I love sounding out big words.”

03/14/2022

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7th Grade Teacher – Brandywine School District, Wilmington, DE

“The curriculum encourages kids to find different methods to do the same problem.”

03/29/2022

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Aiden Leary – Brandywine School District, Wilmington, DE

“This year I actually enjoy math…I have definitely improved. Grades have shown it. Not just grades, but actually understanding it.”

03/29/2022

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Alesia Dinsmore – Sullivan County Schools, Blountville, TN

“They’re [teachers] really letting the kids own the learning, really let the children engage, and let them reteach, respond, stand up.”

02/18/2020

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Amanda Archambault – Cape Henlopen School District, Lewes, DE

“Change can be uncomfortable….Teachers have to know the standards. You have to know the why behind your instruction.”

04/20/2021

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Amy Morris – Haywood County Schools, Brownsville, TN

“What is so encouraging to me is to…observe the level of engagement from our male children, particularly our male children of color.”

03/10/2020

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Amy Morris – Haywood County Schools, Brownsville, TN

“They have an opportunity to be better and stronger intellectually.”

03/10/2020

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Amy Morris – Haywood County Schools, Brownsville, TN

“It went from you being quiet, you taking notes, you doing exactly what I’m doing and copying exactly what I’m writing to now they talk about it.”

03/10/2020

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Amy Townsend – Elizabethton City Schools , Elizabethon, TN

“I can’t wait for the year after next when I am getting children who have had it for two years….We’ll be able to go so far.”

03/14/2022

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Ann Guglielmo – Taunton Public Schools, Taunton, MA

“Trust the process. Don’t feel as though you can put every one of the routines in place the first time.”

09/17/2021

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Anna Eaton – Milan Special School District, Milan, TN

“I have seen a lot of growth since the beginning of the year with my kids, especially my struggling readers.”

04/05/2022

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Ashley Jarratt – Sumner County Schools, Gallatin, TN

“With this curriculum, everyone is getting it, everyone is pushed. High learners, lower learners, everybody is being pushed.”

02/24/2020

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Ashley McKnight – Milan Special School District, Milan, TN

“It is all there for us. So it makes it less stressful, and we are able to prepare more and be more prepared to teach it to the students.”

04/05/2022

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Becky Neubert – Seaford School District , Seaford, DE

“How can you coach someone in any kind of instruction if you haven’t done it?….We challenge our potential as leaders by also being teachers.”

04/19/2021

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Becky Neubert – Seaford School District , Seaford, DE

“They were able to dive deep with students into content….All of the students had equal access to the text, no matter what their skill level was.”

04/19/2021

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Brandee Hoglun – Lenoir City Schools, Lenoir City, TN

“You see the confidence of kids who have never been reading the same texts… now everybody’s on the same playing field.”

02/11/2020

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Brittany Ferrell – Lebanon Special School District, Lebanon, TN

“We have the high expectations that come naturally and we have the high expectations that have been proven through the use of HQIM.”

03/14/2022

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Candace Reed – Lebanon Special School District, Lebanon, TN

“I have never seen anything like this before. Kids going from no English to reading a reader. They feel success, they are bought into it.”

03/14/2022

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Carinne Gale – Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA

“Student engagement has been phenomenal this year.”

06/07/2022

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Carinne Gale – Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA

“It’s so helpful to have the rigor come from the curriculum and not be some added piece the teacher is having to fit in.”

06/07/2022



Media

Curricula

Press Release
National Campaign to Visit Tennessee Schools to Highlight Exemplary Literacy Instruction
“Our continued spotlight on Tennessee is absolutely warranted."

09/26/2022

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Delaware Delivers: Three Delaware districts implement HQIM
"We have built a community amongst ourselves in which we learn these skills from one another."

07/07/2022

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Brandywine School District, Wilmington, DE
Quality Curriculum Is Not Enough: Committed Educator Supports Are Key

06/23/2022

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Appoquinimink School District, Middletown, DE
In Delaware, How a District 'Started Slow to Go Fast' on a New Math Curriculum

06/16/2022

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Caesar Rodney School District, Wyoming, DE
With the World Shut Down, Bringing a Global Prespectiive to Math Class Changed Everything

06/14/2022

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Milan Special School District, Milan, TN
School Director's Belief that All Students Can Learn Is Long-Held and Personal

05/31/2022

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Elizabethton City Schools, Elizabethton, TN
How Grade-Level Literacy Doubled in Just 2 Months in a Rural Tennessee District

05/23/2022

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Knowledge Matters Campaign Tour Visit, Brandywine School District, Wilmington, DE
"The content hasn't changed, the teachers are still teaching, but students are doing much more of the thinking."

05/04/2022

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See a second grade foundational skills lesson in Milan Elementary
From practice with sounds to practice with decodable readers, a look at a foundational skills lesson in a Milan second grade classroom.

04/05/2022

News Coverage
Town Square Live: National campaign caps excellence in math tour at Springer
“The curriculum we use forces teachers to really listen to the kids."

03/30/2022

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A detailed look at a kindergarten foundational skills lesson
Mrs. Clawson's kindergarten learns the /ch/ sound in this detailed look at a strong foundational skills lesson.

03/17/2022

News Coverage
Delaware Live: National tour to celebrate Delaware’s shift in math education
“Students have really taken ownership of the classroom, and teachers have become facilitators that connect the dots.'”

03/14/2022

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It’s Undeniable — Curriculum Matters for Everyone. Why Now Is the Time, MA
It's Undeniable — Curriculum Matters for Everyone. Why Now Is the Time

12/27/2021

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UP Academy Holland, Boston Public Schools, Dorchester, MA
We’ve Been Teaching Reading Wrong for Decades. How a Massachusetts School’s Switch to Evidence-Based Instruction Changed Everything

12/13/2021

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Taunton Public Schools, Taunton, MA
A Massachusetts Town Boosts Students’ STEM Learning by Letting the Students Do the Talking, ‘It’s Real Life’

12/06/2021

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Salem teachers describe the shift from Balanced Literacy to better curriculum
“We were pulling from 125 different places." Straight talk from teachers about the shortcomings of Balanced Literacy curricula via this thread.

11/27/2021

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Hear what caused Salem leaders to shift away from Balanced Literacy
“The lack of progress in our kindergarteners” was just one of the catalysts for change, as we hear from Kate Carbone and her team.

11/27/2021

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The ‘Science of Reading’ journey in Up Holland Academy
Hear how Victoria Thompson, Elizabeth Wolfson, and Mandy Hollister led their team on a litracy learning journey after their own 'Aha' moments.

11/10/2021

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A glimpse of OpenSciEd lessons in Taunton Schools
In the OpenSciEd curriculum, students explore natural phenomenon through scientific inquiry. See middle school lessons in this Twitter thread.

09/16/2021

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Brandywine School District , Wilmington, DE
From ‘Focus’ to ‘Exceptional,’ How a Delaware School Transformed Student Literacy in Just 3 Years

07/21/2021