At CORE, we believe that educational equity starts with all students having access to high-quality, rigorous content and effective instruction. For 26 years, CORE has worked as a trusted partner with more than 100,000 educators at preK-12 schools and districts across the country to realize that vision. We work collaboratively with educators to provide professional learning and ongoing support to implement strong curriculum, robust instruction and effective assessment practices. Our professional learning is firmly grounded in evidence-based practices and culturally responsive teaching. We focus on literacy, specifically the science of reading, and mathematical knowledge as the levers to achieve educational equity and social justice for all students, especially those who have historically been marginalized and traditionally underserved: students living in poverty, students of color, English learners, and students with disabilities.
How Our Journey Began
In 1995, acclaimed author Linda Diamond and former California Superintendent Bill Honig founded CORE in response to California’s crisis in reading achievement and to the systemic instructional inequities that most impacted students of color. Knowing that literacy is a critical lever to achieving educational equity and social justice, their solution was to share with educators evidence-based research and practices on the most effective ways to teach children to read and help them implement instruction that works. CORE expanded their mission in 2009 to include evidence-based math practices.
In 2017, CORE became a subsidiary of Pivot Learning, the largest and most experienced non-profit technical assistance provider for school districts in California. Together, CORE and Pivot Learning are committed to improving education and raising achievement for our nation’s most vulnerable students.
Our Ongoing Work to Support Educational Equity
CORE’s team of expert and experienced preK-12 literacy and math consultants helps schools apply the six principles of effective professional learning that lead to school-wide academic improvement. Whether they’re working in a Yupiit school in a remote Alaska village or with educators in the heart of a bustling urban center, our consultants lay a foundation of evidence-based knowledge as they support schools in building their own capacity for effective, evidence-based instruction.