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.

Support—the S in ACES

Support—the S in ACES

Walk into any yoga class and you will see some students using blocks to bring the floor up to them. The blocks compensate for short or tight hamstring muscles or legs that proportionally are just too long. Rather than have participants strain muscles or quit in frustration, the best yoga teachers encourage their students to use support. Their goal is to allow all of their students to engage in good practice and not allow barriers to get in the way.

If we are to prepare students for college and careers, they must fully participate in enriched instructional programs. Wise classroom teachers, like wise teachers of yoga, design support systems so that students who struggle are not left behind. They ...

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