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Making the Common Core Standards Work

Making the Common Core Standards Work
Using Professional Development to Build World-Class Schools

Foreword by Dan Domenech

December 2012 | 288 pages | Corwin
Many educators and researchers view the Common Core State Standards as very high standards for schools to achieve. In truth, the standards are the basic standards for the 21st Century. Educators, at every school, need to learn how to redesign their curriculum and their instructional strategies so that the common core state standards are absorbed into the local curriculum.

Inside the authors discuss:

" How to merge the Common Core State Standards and local curriculum in English Language Arts and Mathematics

" The challenges that educators face at local schools and in their communities

" A way for school district and school leaders to take advantage of the diversity among faculty, parents and students to differentiate instruction and achieve higher levels of mastery for all students

" Multicultural issues, school improvement systems and public policy changes that must be addressed

This book provides practical advice, examples, and design considerations that are modifiable for any culture, school, or district that is serious about being part of the new age of American achievement and prosperity.

Foreword by Dan Domenech
About the Authors
Introduction: Why American Schools Must Move Toward Common Core State Standards
Section I. Designing Competitive Curriculum for a Global Economy
1. Common Core State Standards: What Are They?
Common Core State Standards: More Than Standards With an International Flavor

A Quick Trip Around the World

Moving Forward

2. The School Leader's Role in Making the Common Core State Standards Work
Creating Guiding Ideas to Implement the Common Core State Standards

Guiding Ideas and Evidence

Getting to How: Operationalizing Your Guiding Ideas

Identifying the Innovation

Teaching the Change

The Social and Emotional Literacy Components of the Common Core State Standards

School Leaders and Teachers Partner to Help Students

Inspiring Trust, Creativity, Transparency, and Success: A Framework for Loose Versus Tight Leadership

Part I: Building Understanding About the Issue and Its Impact on Your Organization

Part II: Moving From Understanding to Action

Section II. Helping Communities Create a New Future
3. Designing Local Curriculum to Absorb the Common Core State Standards in English
Real-World Applications

Grades K-2, Phonological Awareness (One Topic)

Grades K-2: Key Ideas and Details and Craft and Structure

Grades 3-4: Fluency (One Topic)

Grade 5: Reading With Fluency and Accuracy

Grades 6-8: Key Ideas and Details (One Topic)

Grades 9-10: English Language Arts Curriculum

Grades 11-12: Reading and Writing

4. Designing Local Curriculum to Absorb the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
Comparison of State and Common Core State Math Standard Emphasis

Common Core State Math Standards

Kindergarten Common Core State Standard and Local Curriculum Math Standards

Grade 1 Common Core State Standard and Local Curriculum Math Standards

Grade 2 Common Core State Standard and Local Curriculum Math Standards

Grade 5 Common Core State Standard and Local Curriculum Math Standards

Six Domains of Instructional Strategies for All Students

Purpose of the Math Common Core

Grade 7 Common Core State Math Standards: Ratios and Proportional Relationships

Grades 9-10 Common Core State Math Standards: The Real Number System

Grade 10 Common Core State Math Standards for Geometry: Congruence

Grade 12 Common Core State Math Standards for Statistics: Using Probability to Make Decisions

5. Challenges to the Implementation of Rigorous Common Core State Standards
Testing Policies Do Not Improve Schools

The Common Core State Standards: Opportunities for Equity and Excellence

Section III. Helping Teachers Redefine Their Profession
6. How to Assess Mastery of the Common Core Curriculum State Standards
Direct Instruction

The Power of Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment Examples From Real Schools

Building Successful Schools

Special Education and General Education

7. The Leadership Challenge: Creating Common Understandings of the Common Core State Standards
The Role of School Leaders

Envisioning Excellence

We Get the Results We Design Schools to Achieve

Vision or Nightmare?

Enter the Common Core State Standards

8. Dialogue: Providing Opportunity So Facts Influence Opinions
Creating Context for the Common Core State Standards

Teachers Need Deep Understanding of the Common Core State Standards

Identifying Gaps: Current Versus Desired Reality

Section IV. Creating Systems That Accelerate Learning for All
9. Multicultural Issues That Teachers and School Leaders Must Face Beyond the Common Core State Standards
Common Core State Standards Lift Us Beyond Difference

What All Teachers and School Leaders Need to Know About Multiculturalism

Grouping and Labeling Students

Building a Multicultural Learning Community

10. An Effective Intervention in Schools That Improves Instruction and Learning
Creating Sustainable Change in Struggling Schools

Leaders Create the Context and Design for Change to Succeed


Student Work and Deficit Assumptions

Focus Groups

School Leaders

Parent Involvement


Changing Public Mental Models About School Reform

11. Public Policy: Helpful and Harmful

"Making the Common Core Standards Work provides a detailed approach to systems thinking and how to manage a real-life paradigm shift. Having that coached in the context of core standards is somewhat unique and provides an opportunity for enhanced dialogue across grade levels and disciplines in areas of the country where those discussions may not have occurred on their own."

William Richard Hall, Jr., Principal
R. C. Longan Elementary School, Henrico, VA

"Making the Common Core Standards Work looks at the implementation of CCSS within the context of all of the components that face public schools, and, in doing so, put the CCSS in a proper perspective. This is a book that could actually help make a difference in the improvement of instruction in the public schools."

Martin J. Hudacs, Superintendent
Solanco School District, Quarryville, PA

"The book is easy to read and offers concrete suggestions without establishing walls that prohibit creative practices. Making the Common Core Standards Work pushes educators to plan, reflect, and revise cooperatively to move from a traditional scripted approach of teaching to one that promotes critical thinking and analysis for all students."

Charlotte R. Bihm, Instructional Specialist
St. Landry Parish School Board, Opelousas, LA

"As a busy superintendent who is very careful with her time, I’ve been searching for what seemed to be an impossible … one resource that is full of good, solid research and practical information on CCSS. Manley and Hawkins are practitioner scholars…and they created, in Making the Common Core Standards Work, exactly what I need to intelligently and confidently move my district forward …thanks!"

Roberta Gerold, Superintendent, Middle Country Schools, Centereach, NY
President Elect, Suffolk County School Superintendents Association

Robert J. Manley

Dr. Robert J. Manley graduated from Iona College with a BA in Spanish Language Arts and minors in Philosophy and Education. He completed his MA degree in the Humanities at Hofstra University and his Professional Diploma and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Educational Administration at St. John's University. He taught Spanish language skills and served as an instructor in a New York State Model Humanities program at West Babylon High School. For 21 years, he served in a variety of administrative positions including Assistant Principal at Babylon Jr./Sr. High School, Principal in Plainedge School Distrct, and Assistant Superintendent for... More About Author

Richard J. Hawkins, MD

Dr. Richard J. Hawkins graduated from Hofstra University with his BS in Music Education. He completed his MS in Education and Professional Diploma in Education Leadership at Long Island University. Rich received his doctorate in Educational Administration at Dowling College. He began his teaching career in the William Floyd School District as an instrumental music teacher and later became District Coordinator of Music and Art. After his department was recognized as the Outstanding Music Program in the country by the Music Educators National Conference, Rich moved to the district office as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary... More About Author

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