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 2: Developing Course Tools to Build the Instructional Program
Developing Course Tools to Build the Instructional Program
“Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be. Custom will soon render it easy and agreeable.”
For 46 of the 50 states, the Common Core standards in Math and English Language Arts is no longer a matter of “whether” or “if”—it is a matter of “how.” And for many states, Science and Social Studies content standards have also been adopted to completely transform the curriculum. And despite the good intentions of the standards, the professional literature has continued to reflect concern about how they will be implemented—the old “dragging a ham bone through a pot of water doesn't make soup.” Simply claiming to have adopted the ...