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 8: Summary and Sustainability
Summary and Sustainability
“Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons.”
As we draw the book to a close, we thought this Ruskin quote especially apropos—just in case there's anyone on the planet who is convinced that the need to transform schools began with the Common Core and the 21st century skills. Improving schools has been one of humankind's missions since the first school bell rang and classes got underway. This book has been an attempt to set forth the fundamentals of incorporating the Common Core standards in Math and English Language Arts, the new state content standards in Science and Social Studies, and the 21st century skills into the district curriculum and instructional program. ...