• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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

Cobleskill-Richmondville CSD

Implementation and Accountability
Implementation and accountability

“Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.”

—Will Rogers

In the first six chapters, we hope to have shown what a major systemic undertaking it is to transform a district's curriculum to reflect the Common Core standards in Math and English Language Arts, state content standards in Science and Social Studies, and the 21st century skills. But we also hope to have made it equally clear that the task is an unprecedented opportunity to restore integrity and rigor to the instructional program. In fact, claims Common Core researcher Tim Shanahan (2012), to think the standards impossible to implement is “an urban myth.” We see it as a chance to replace outmoded ...

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