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Beyond Core Expectations
A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner

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May 2014 | 144 pages | Corwin


Create a schoolwide foundation to ensure academic success for ALL students

This useful guide supports the needs of culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse learners and demonstrates how a shared vision can increase student engagement and ensure that not-so-common learners benefit from academic rigor.

Taking a system-wide approach, the authors offer educators a model arranged in six distinct yet complementary pathways to improve programs, policies, and practices for diverse learners. This innovative framework includes:

  • Mapping and aligning an integrated curriculum—making the mainstream curricula accessible for all learners
  • Collaborative planning and assessment—pooling intelligence so the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
  • Teaching students explicit learning strategies—empowering students by increasing student-led learning
  • Promoting disciplinary literacy—providing all students with access to pertinent academic language learning

Featuring helpful tables that outline key concepts and real-life vignettes from schools that have successfully applied the principles, this book unlocks success for all students. 

“Dove, Honigsfeld, and Cohan recognize the urgent need for practices to change on a schoolwide basis so that diverse learners can be positioned to succeed with the Common Core. This book outlines inclusive practices so that all students are included in these important conversations.”
—Diane Staehr Fenner, President
DSF Consulting

"In Beyond Core Expectations, the authors present a coherent framework for schoolwide instructional inclusiveness. This book is an essential guide for educators with a vision for true college and career readiness for ALL students, driven by sound curriculum, instruction and assessment practices."                                                                              
 —Cheryl H. Champ, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction          
Sewanhaka Central High School District, Floral Park, NY

 
 
Dedication
 
Acknowledgments
 
Preface
 
1. A Shared and Inclusive Vision and Mission
At a Glance  
An Inclusive, Collaboratively Developed Vision and Mission  
The Rationale  
Evidence in Support of a Shared Vision and Mission  
Promising Practices  
The Looks Fors  
The Complexities of Literacy  
Something to Remember  
Key Resources  
 
2. Schoolwide Displinary Literacy
At a Glance  
The Intricacies of Academic Language  
The Rationale  
The Evidence  
The Look Fors  
Promising Practices  
Something to Remember  
Key Resources  
 
3. The mapping and Alignment of an Integrated Curriculum
At a Glance  
Core Curriculum Development  
The Rationale  
The Evidence  
Promising Practices  
The Look Fors  
Something to Remember  
Key Resources  
 
4. Collaborative Planning, Instruction, and Assessment
At a Glance  
Why Collaboration is an Essential Practice  
The Rationale  
The Evidence  
Promising Practices  
The Look Fors  
Something to Remember  
Key Resources  
 
5. Teaching Students Explicit Learning Strategies
At a Glance  
Explicit Instruction  
The Rationale  
The Evidence  
Promising Practices  
The Look Fors  
Something to Remember  
Key Resources  
 
6. Student Engagment
At a Glance  
Student Engagement  
The Rationale  
The Evidence  
Promising Practices  
The Look Fors  
Something to Remember  
Key Resources  
 
Final Thoughts
 
References

Supplements

"Dove, Honigsfeld, and Cohan recognize the urgent need for practices to change on a schoolwide basis so that diverse learners can be positioned to succeed with the Common Core. Beyond Core Expectations: a Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner outlines inclusive practices so that all students – English learners, students with disabilities, and other marginalized groups – are included in these important conversations. The book’s practical toolkit provides educators with ample opportunities to evaluate and collaborate around ways in which they can provide a more equitable learning environment for their diverse students. I highly recommend this book to those who wish to ensure that all students’ strengths and needs are considered during the implementation of the Common Core."

Diane Staehr Fenner, President
DSF Consulting, Washington D.C.

"Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner provides a masterfully blend of instructional practices with a deep understanding of the CCSS, and presents them in a way that makes sense to educators on the front lines of implementation. In Beyond Core Expectations, Dove, Honigsfeld, and Cohan work to the next level by presenting a coherent framework for schoolwide instructional inclusiveness. This book is an essential guide for educators with a vision for true college and career readiness for ALL students, driven by sound curriculum, instruction and assessment practices."

Cheryl H. Champ, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Sewanhaka Central High School District, Floral Park, NY

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Table of Contents

1. A Shared and Inclusive Vision and Mission


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Maria G. Dove

Maria G. Dove, Ed.D, is Professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, where she teaches pre-service and in-service teachers about the research and best practices for developing effective programs and school policies for English learners. Before entering the field of higher education, she worked for over thirty years as an English-as-a-second-language teacher in public school settings (Grades K–12) and in adult English language programs. In 2010, she received the Outstanding ESOL Educator Award from New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL). She... More About Author

Andrea M. Honigsfeld

Learn more about Andrea Honigsfeld's PD offeringsAndrea Honigsfeld, EdD, is Associate Dean and Professor in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. She directs a doctoral program in Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities. Before entering the field of teacher education, she was an English-as-a-foreign-language teacher in Hungary (Grades 5–8 and adult) and an English-as-a-second-language teacher in New York City (Grades K–3 and adult). She also taught Hungarian at New York University.She was the recipient of a doctoral fellowship at St. John’s University, New York, where she conducted... More About Author

Audrey F. Cohan

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