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Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards
Foreword by Karen Young
This hands-on guide takes you through a proven process for implementing the new Common Core State Standards and includes access to Internet-based software for curriculum mapping.
- Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
- ISBN: 9781452216478
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2011
- Page Count: 248
- Publication date: November 03, 2011
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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.
- 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
Table of Contents
Foreword by Karen Young
About the Author
partners4results Software Availability
1. Overview of CCSS and Associated Leadership Issues
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?
What About Using National Assessments as Formative Assessments?
What About Accountability?
What About Using the Data?
What About Monitoring?
System Thinking Summarized
2. Curriculum Issues and a National Curriculum Model
What Is a Curriculum?
Consider Your Options for Defining Curriculum
A New Model for a National Curriculum
New National Model Defined
3. The Development and Use of Local CCSS, Quarterly Instructional Objectives, and Common Formative Assessments
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
4. A Sample K-12 Curriculum
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
5. The Journey Ahead
Summary of Issues
Some Specific Issues
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
"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