Opening the Common Core

Opening the Common Core
How to Bring ALL Students to College and Career Readiness

© 2012 | 192 pages | Corwin

The CCSS open the door to success

Do you wish you could leverage the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to equip all students—not just high achievers—with the higher-level thinking skills they need? You can, and this book will show you how. The authors helped lead their district—Rockville Centre in Long Island, New York—in closing achievement gaps and increasing the number of students who completed four-year college programs. The results of their efforts show a remarkable increase in both excellence and equity in English language arts, math, and science. This book outlines the authors' research-based ACES framework for instructional improvement to help achieve similar results:

  • Acceleration rather than remediation
  • Critical thinking
  • Equity in education for all students
  • Support

Educators will find practical strategies that are applied and developed in model lessons linked to the CCSS and KSUS (Knowledge and Skills for University Success) standards. Understanding why we need to prepare all children to be college and career ready is easy. Making it happen is not. Learn from those who have succeeded, and your students will reap the rewards.

About the Authors
1. Becoming College and Career Ready
2. Accelerated Instruction for All Learners—the A in ACES
3. Critical Thinking Skills: the C in ACES
4. Equity-The E in ACES
5. Support – The S in ACES
6. Using ACES to Build Learning
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Key features
  • Uses the adoption of the Common Core Standards as a catalyst for promoting equity, rigor, engagement, and college-readiness for all students.
  • Features an original, research-based model to drive instructional improvement--the "Four ACES" -- Acceleration, Critical Thinking, Equitable Practices, and Support.
  • Filled with curricular perspectives, instructional strategies, and sample lesson plans tied to the Common Core Standards that provide examples of how to implement each of the components of the Four ACES model.
  • Grounded in the same principles that led to the well-documented success of the Rockland County School District in closing achievement gaps and increasing the number of students who completed 4-year college programs.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Kevin G. Welner



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ISBN: 9781452226231

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