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.

The Journey Ahead

The journey ahead

Chapter Expectations

This final chapter takes a bit of a different twist. When dealing with an issue as new as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), it is difficult to summarize the research, discuss what has worked and hasn't worked, and critique others' efforts. The CCSS are simply so new, we have no place to go but forward, so that's what we'll do. We'll summarize some of the issues presented earlier in the book, and then we'll take a look at the issues real educators see moving forward. We'll end the chapter by sharing what we've learned and giving advice for moving forward.

Action Steps

Here are steps to consider and address in doing this phase of the work:

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