Imagine Lincoln has selected the Core Knowledge Sequence to provide content standards that will guide coherent instruction from grade to grade, encouraging steady academic progress as children build their knowledge and skills from one year to the next.
Why Core Knowledge? Our approach to curriculum is to operate within sound, tested educational principles. These principles serve as guidelines for the staff to evaluate and select the instructional resources most appropriate to meet the educational needs and aspirations of every student. The Core Knowledge Sequence specifies the majority of the content taught in the core academic subjects.
Many schools are de-emphasizing specific and sequenced prescriptions of what students should know in favor of an increased focus on skill development and strategies to better engage students. While skill improvement and relevance are important aspects of learning, we believe specific, sequenced, and integrated road maps for how and when students should master specific information is critical for building a broad and strong academic foundation. This promises to give children access to a literate society and provides young people with the broadest range of options for their futures and professional lives.
Academically Rich Environment
In addition to Core Knowledge, the Imagine Lincoln content standards will incorporate the Maryland State Curriculum, for several reasons. First, Maryland’s curriculum standards are demanding and support the development of an academically rich learning environment. Second, the Imagine Lincoln staff fully understands that the PARCC Assessment is based on the Maryland State Curriculum and strives to prepare its students for the high stakes assessment as thoroughly as possible.
By aligning the Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence and the Maryland Curriculum Standards our teachers will be able to shape their unit plans and daily lesson plans to ensure that Core Knowledge content objectives and Maryland Standards are met.