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The Common Core, an Uncommon Opportunity
Redesigning Classroom Instruction



February 2018 | 288 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE
Because the Common Core requires bold action

Why The Common Core, an Uncommon Opportunity? Why now? Because it tackles a largely overlooked component of successful implementation: how to redesign your instructional delivery system, K-12. And you’ll have to; if you don’t, you’ll be subject to the very same failure and frustration so many other districts and schools are experiencing. What’s more, March and Peters describe how to integrate 21st Century Skills at the very same time.

What are the big benefits of this book? If you’re a district leader, it will help you

  • Develop consistent and structured teaching and learning practices across content areas
  • Ensure sustainable processes through continuous curriculum review and revision
  • Strategically use data to monitor student performance goals
  • Support and sustain enacted reforms through district-wide infrastructure adjustments
  • Provide teachers with Common Core-aligned course tools, including sample curriculum maps, lessons, and specific teaching suggestions
There’s no need to start from scratch or attempt to reinvent the wheel. March and Peters have done much of the prep for you. Their processes and tools have already worked in numerous districts—and they can be custom-fit to yours.


“[This] system helped us not only re-invent ourselves, but also build the internal capacity we needed to maintain our momentum. This book is a must for any district that is serious about taking advantage of the Common Core to re-invent itself.”
—Connie Hathorn, Ph.D., Superintendent
Youngstown City School District
 
“Few books offer such deep and specific information to assist the field in successful implementation of the Common Core and state learning standards. . . . This book is a gift to practitioners of all levels, and those practicing in any type of school or district.”
—Dr. Lynn Macan
Cobleskill-Richmondville CSD

 
1. No Longer Business as Usual
 
Major Differences Between the Former Standards and the New Core
 
Implications for Classroom Instruction and Assessment
 
The Impact of the 21st Century Skills
 
International Benchmarking for Global Competition
 
Implications for Leadership
 
References
 
2. Developing Course Tools to Build the Instructional Program
 
Make the Commitment and Then Get a Game Plan
 
Unpacking, Bundling, and Sequencing the Standards
 
Devising Curriculum Maps (or Pacing Guides)
 
Unit Planning
 
References
 
3. Integrating Best Practices to Help Students Construct Meaning
 
Multiple Levels of Thinking
 
Goal Setting
 
Organizational Patterns
 
Questioning and Cueing
 
Similarities and Differences
 
4. Integrating Best Practices Into Unit Plans
 
Mathematical Problem Analysis and Problem Solving
 
Vocabulary Knowledge
 
Delivery Strategies
 
Recognition and Reinforcement
 
Continuous Monitoring and Feedback
 
Basic Assumptions
 
Chapter References
 
5. Continuous Assessment to Monitor Results
 
The Use of High-Stakes Test Results as Entry-Level Data
 
District Benchmark Assessments
 
Formative and Summative Classroom Assessments
 
Common Missteps in Assessment
 
Strategies for Making Better Use of Assessment Results
 
Design of Assessments: Traditional Tests and Authentic Assessments
 
Chapter References
 
6. Homework and Grading: Two Critical Issues Homework
 
Grading Relative to Mastery
 
Chapter References
 
7. Implementation and Accountability
 
Grade-Level or Course Teams
 
Direct Assistance to Staff
 
The Observation and Analysis of Classroom Instruction by the Principal
 
Chapter References
 
8. Summary and Sustainability Process Checklist for Chapter 1: No Longer Business as Usual
 
Process Checklist for Chapter 2: Developing Course Tools to Build the Instructional Program
 
Process Checklist for Chapter 3: Integrating Best Practices to Help Students Construct Meaning
 
Process Checklist for Chapter 4: Integrating Best Practices Into Unit Plans
 
Process Checklist for Chapter 5: Continuous Assessment to Monitor Results
 
Process Checklist for Chapter 6: Homework and Grading: Two Critical Issues to Success
 
Process Checklist for Chapter 7: Implementation and Accountability
 
Appendices Appendix A: Goal Setting Examples
 
Appendix B: Questioning
 
Appendix C: Categorization
 
Appendix D: Critical Attribution for Similarities/Differences
 
Appendix E: Teaching the Metaphor for Similarities/Differences
 
Appendix F: Math Problem Solving
 
Appendix G: Vocabulary
 
Appendix H: Collaborative Observation Samples With Action
 
Plans for "Stars"
 
References

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