The CCSS open the door to success

Do you wish you could leverage the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to equip all students—not just high achievers—with the higher-level thinking skills they need? You can, and this book will show you how. The authors helped lead their district—Rockville Centre in Long Island, New York—in closing achievement gaps and increasing the number of students who completed four-year college programs. The results of their efforts show a remarkable increase in both excellence and equity in English language arts, math, and science. This book outlines the authors' research-based ACES framework for instructional improvement to help achieve similar results:

Acceleration rather than remediation; Critical thinking; Equity in education for all students; Support

Educators will find practical strategies that are applied and developed in model lessons linked to the CCSS and KSUS (Knowledge and Skills for University Success) standards. Understanding why we need to prepare all children to be college and career ready is easy. Making it happen is not. Learn from those who have succeeded, and your students will reap the rewards.

Critical Thinking Skills—the C in ACES

Critical thinking skills—the C in ACES

Critical Thinking and Postsecondary Expectations

When you ask most adults who their favorite teacher was, someone always comes to mind. And when you ask them why they liked that teacher so much, the answer usually sounds something like this, “He made me believe that I was smart!” or “She really made me think!” If you probe a little deeper, you may hear how that teacher made learning enjoyable or accessible, but it is unlikely that you will hear an adult respond, “I liked him because he was easy and I did not have to think very much.”

The engagement of the mind makes learning enjoyable and class time flies. When we are not challenged and we ...

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