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Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards

Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards

Foreword by Karen Young

November 2011 | 248 pages | Corwin

Avoid "analysis paralysis" and just get started!

Now that most states have adopted the new Common Core State Standards, the next major challenge is to simplify and implement them by 2014. That is why it is important to begin this work now. Joe Crawford, Milken Award-winning educator and author of Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum, shares his proven process for building a viable local curriculum based on the CCSS. Readers will find:

  • A system for creating local standards from the CCSS
  • Methods for connecting the common, formative assessments to quarterly instructional objectives
  • Ways to scaffold learning expectations
  • Examples taken from districts where CCSS is currently implemented

Included are helpful charts and graphs plus access to Internet-based software for mapping the CCSS to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Schools cannot continue to do what they have always done and expect a different result. This book explains how to facilitate learning for all students while taking advantage of the new culture, technology, and norms of today's learning environment.

Watch Joe Crawford's webinar on Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards.

Foreword by Karen Young
About the Author
partners4results Software Availability
1. Overview of CCSS and Associated Leadership Issues
Chapter Expectations  
Aciton Steps  
Leadership Challenges for Implementing CCSS  
What Are Standards?  
Develop and Use a Standards-Based Curriculum  
Align the Curriculum  
Think of Content as a Means to a Performance End  
Staff Development Issues  
Build Undersanding of the CCSS  
Use What Has Already Been Developed as a Basis for Moving Forward  
Defining and Creating Local CCSS  
Understand Local CCSS (Power Standards)  
How to Read These Samples  
What Are Instructional Objectives?  
Why Are Instructional Objectives So Important?  
System Thinking  
What About Using National Assessments as Formative Assessments?  
What About Accountability?  
What About Using the Data?  
What About Monitoring?  
System Thinking Summarized  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
2. Curriculum Issues and a National Curriculum Model
Chapter Expectations  
Action Steps  
What Is a Curriculum?  
Consider Your Options for Defining Curriculum  
A New Model for a National Curriculum  
New National Model Defined  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
3. The Development and Use of Local CCSS, Quarterly Instructional Objectives, and Common Formative Assessments
Chapter Expectations  
Action Steps  
Build Local CCSS  
Design Quarterly Instructional Objectives  
Develop Common Formative Assessments  
Addressing Formative Assessments Within the Assessment Development Cycle  
Address Issues in Creating Common Formative Assessments  
Designing Local Assessments  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
4. A Sample K-12 Curriculum
Chapter Expectations  
Action Steps  
Read and Understand the New Model  
Accept the Realities of a Sample From Several Districts  
How to Read These Samples  
Sample K-12 ELA Curriculum  
Sample K-12 Math Curriculum  
Process Summary  
Process Checklist  
5. The Journey Ahead
Chapter Expectations  
Action Steps  
Summary of Issues  
Some Specific Issues  
Current Reactions  
Final Thoughts  
Resource A: Collated Feedback on CCSS Work
Resource B: Suggested Forms for Developing Local CCSS (Power Standards) and Instructional Objectives and Feedback Forms
B1: Standards to Local Standards  
B2: Follow-Up Process Guidelines for Local CCSS  
B3: Quarterly Instructional Objectives, Critical Attributes  
B4: Follow-Up Process Guidelines: Instructional Objectives  
B5: Initial Distribution Feedback  
B6: Local CCSS/Instructional Objectives Quarterly Feedback  
B7: Quarterly Assessments Feedback  
B8: End-of-Year Feedback  
B9: Curriculum Audit: What the Research Tells Us  
References and Suggested Readings

“At a time when all of us are seeking clarity and simplicity about the Common Core State Standards (less is more!), Joe Crawford’s book makes a helpful and practical contribution to the work of implementation. His real-school examples help us to see that standards can and must be reduced to be useful.”

Mike Schmoker, Author, Speaker, and Consultant

"Our teachers are eager to take ownership in curriculum development, and our district looks forward to updating other content areas using the Power Standards model."

Denita Scott, NCLA Coordinator
Dolton School District 149, Calumet City, IL

"The process and methods that Joe Crawford implemented with our teachers, and his ability to customize the process while working with three different school districts, speaks volumes to the scalability of his Power Standards approach. His work is not just transactional, but truly transformational."

Scott Kuffel, Superintendent
Geneseo Community Unit School District 228, IL

"From developing a system for connecting different assessments and objectives to understanding how CCSS currently works in the real world, this is packed with guidelines suitable for any education collection."

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief
The Midwest Book Review, March 2012

"This readable title is directed toward the implementation leader and is designed as a guide for putting the CCSS into operation. This book is an excellent road map to guide schools and districts beginning to create workable local CCSS."

Susan McNair, Library Media Specialist
Lugoff Elgin High School, South Carolina
Library Media Connection, August 2012
Key features

- Free internet-based software which will allow readers to create curriculum documents to ensure mastery of the concepts presented in the book.

- Each chapter begins with brief chapter expectations to orient the reader

- Each chapter includes a substantial list of Action Steps that detail the steps and considerations that instructional leaders need to follow in order to successfully implement the CCSS

- Each chapter will end with a summary and a process checklist to ensure that instructional leaders have thoroughly considered the outlined tasks

- Resource A includes collated feedback on past CCSS work to help inform future CCSS work

- Resource B contains nine forms to aid instructional leaders in this work

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