Academic Resources

Websites and Videos

TeamCFA

To learn more about TeamCFA, the network of schools with which we are affiliated, go to TeamCFA.

Classical Curriculum

To read Dorothy Sayers’ essay on using the Trivium as a framework for a school curriculum, go to The Lost Tools of Learning.

To read an article on the benefits of studying Latin, go to Efficacy of Latin Studies in the Information Age.

Core Knowledge

To learn more about the Core Knowledge Sequence, the Core Knowledge Language Arts program, and E.D. Hirsch, Jr’s research, go to The Core Knowledge Foundation.

Tale a look at the Core Knowledge Sequence, which outlines everything that is taught grade by grade.

To watch a ten-minute video on why we teach content and facts as well as reading skills, go to Teaching Content IS Teaching Reading.

To watch the ten-minute PBS News Hour report on the Common Core State Standards and the Core Knowledge Language Arts Program, go to Boosting Reading Skills.

Character Education

To read the article Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote for his college newspaper on producing character as well as intelligence, go to MLK Purpose of Education.

The Study of the Arts

To read an article on keeping the arts as part of school curricula, go to The Benefits of Studying the Arts.

Fixed vs Growth Mindset

A great resource for parents: https://www.mindsetkit.org/growth-mindset-parents

To visit Dr. Carol Dweck’s website to learn about the fixed and growth mindsets, praising children for the right things, and getting smarter by learning, go to Mindset.

Here is an article by Carol Dweck on Mind-sets-and-Equitable-Education.

Eduardo Briceño Clearing up Some Common Confusions about the Growth Mindset.

To read an article on the benefits of teaching the growth mindset, go to Believing You Can Get Smarter Makes You Smarter.

A longer article, but one well worth reading, with excellent information about research on promoting academic tenacity, is Academic Tenacity: Mindsets and Skills that Promote Long-term Learning.

Year-Round Calendar

To read about the reasons for having a year-round calendar, go to Benefits of Year-round School.

Books

E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know

The Knowledge Deficit

The Schools We Need and Why We Don’t Have Them

The Making of Americans

Why Knowledge Matters

Dan Willingham

Why Don’t Children Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom

Carol Dweck

Mindset: the New Psychology of Success

Goeff Colvin

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else