Because the Common Core requires bold action
Why The Common Core, an Uncommon Opportunity? Why now? Because it tackles a largely overlooked component of successful implementation: how to redesign your instructional delivery system, K-12. And you'll have to; if you don't, you'll be subject to the very same failure and frustration so many other districts and schools are experiencing. What's more, March and Peters describe how to integrate 21st Century Skills at the very same time.
What are the big benefits of this book? If you're a district leader, it will help you: Develop consistent and structured teaching and learning practices across content areas; Ensure sustainable processes through continuous curriculum review and revision; Strategically use data to monitor student performance goals; Support and sustain enacted reforms through district-wide infrastructure adjustments; Provide teachers with Common Core-aligned course tools, including sample curriculum maps, lessons, and specific teaching suggestions
There's no need to start from scratch or attempt to reinvent the wheel. March and Peters have done much of the prep for you. Their processes and tools have already worked in numerous districts—and they can be custom-fit to yours.
“[This] system helped us not only re-invent ourselves, but also build the internal capacity we needed to maintain our momentum. This book is a must for any district that is serious about taking advantage of the Common Core to re-invent itself.”
—Connie Hathorn, Ph.D., Superintendent
Youngstown City School District
“Few books offer such deep and specific information to assist the field in successful implementation of the Common Core and state learning standards…. This book is a gift to practitioners of all levels, and those practicing in any type of school or district.”
—Dr. Lynn Macan
Chapter 1: No Longer Business as Usual
No Longer Business as Usual
“It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need school. He can learn them from books. The value of an education is … not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think things that cannot be learned from textbooks.”
For American education, the past few decades have promised one reform after another. But until 2010, these recommendations have been long on philosophy and short on actually changing what happens between teachers and students. With the advent of the Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts (ELA), the new state Science and Social Studies standards, and the 21st century ...