• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

Transform your school using tested core curriculum practices Adopting the Common Core State Standards is the beginning of a long journey to equity and excellence for all students. This book guides leaders in successfully implementing the CCSS, which will ultimately result in continuous quality improvement in schools. The author addresses these key issues and more:Transitioning schools and districts to align with the CCSSCommunicating to teachers and parents regarding the CCSSDetermining which teaching and learning practices need to changeGarnering resources and support for reformsSeveral timesaving and supportive professional learning resources are provided, including guiding questions, an annotated bibliography, and a list of helpful references.

Leading with Roots and Wings
Leading with roots and wings

To accomplish great things We must not only act, But also dream, Not only plan, But also believe.

—Anatole France

We can agree that classroom teachers carry the greatest responsibility for improving student learning and are the most important determinants in school-based student success. Extensive research supports this logical conclusion and so does common sense.

Teachers are accountable for organizing engaging standards-based learning activities, communicating rigorous curricular goals, assessing for accurate performance results, and differentiating instruction in response to those results.

However, an essential consideration in any substantive educational reform is the realization that we need effective schools, not just isolated effective classrooms, to ensure that the highest quality of teaching and learning is delivered to all students. There is ...

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