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.

Using ACES to Build Learning

Using ACES to build learning

At this point, you may be feeling a bit confused as you attempt to classify learning activities among the four ACES. You may have noticed that many of the support (S) strategies could have been included in the chapter on equity (E). Critical thinking (C) promotes accelerated learning (A) when it gives all students access to a more enriched learning environment. The infusion of higher level critical thinking questions and activities (C) also makes the lesson more equitable (E) for students who are ready for a greater level of challenge.

Here are some concrete examples from the lessons in this book. The accelerated learning strategy (A) of transfer was deliberately used as the Do Now activity (Write ...

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