Avoid “analysis paralysis” and just get started!

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Now that most states have adopted the new Common Core State Standards, the next major challenge is to simplify and implement them by 2014. That is why it is important to begin this work now. Joe Crawford, Milken Award-winning educator and author of Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum, shares his proven process for building a viable local curriculum based on the CCSS. Readers will find: A system for creating local standards from the CCSS; Methods for connecting the common, formative assessments to quarterly instructional objectives; Ways to scaffold learning expectations; Examples taken from districts where CCSS is currently implemented

Included are helpful charts and graphs plus access to Internet-based software for mapping the CCSS to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Schools cannot continue to do what they have always done and expect a different result. This book explains how to facilitate learning for all students while taking advantage of the new culture, technology, and norms of today's learning environment.

Overview of CCSS and Associated Leadership Issues

Overview of CCSS and associated leadership issues

Chapter Expectations

This chapter is a discussion of what standards are, the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and the issues present in those documents and their implementation. There is also be a brief outline of the process of creating local CCSS (Power Standards) and instructional objectives with sample local CCSS and instructional objectives and how CCSS are a real game changer in that development process. The chapter will close with a discussion of system thinking as it applies to curriculum, instruction, and assessments.

Action Steps

Steps to consider and address in doing this phase of the work:

  • Leadership Challenges in Implementing CCSS
    • Make sure everyone understands a standards-based curriculum.
    • Establish a belief in and sense ...
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