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Opening the Common Core

How to Bring ALL Students to College and Career Readiness

This book provides practical strategies and standards-based model lessons proven to help close achievement gaps and increase the number of students who complete four-year college programs.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781452226231
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: March 13, 2012

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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.

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.


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Carol Corbett Burris

Carol Corbett Burris has served as principal of South Side High School in New York's Rockville Centre School District since 2000. Prior to becoming a principal, she was a teacher at both the middle and high school level. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her dissertation, which studied her district’s detracking reform in math, received the 2003 National Association of Secondary Schools’ Principals Middle Level Dissertation of the Year Award. In 2010, she was named The New York State Outstanding Educator by School Administrators Association of New York State.

She is the co-author, with Delia Garrity, of Detracking for Excellence and Equity. Articles that she has authored or co-authored have appeared in Educational Leadership, The Kappan, the American Educational Research Journal, The Teachers College Record, Theory into Practice, The School Administrator, the American School Board Journal and EdWeek. A chapter on closing the achievement gap, which she co-authored with Kevin Welner, appeared in Lessons in Integration: Realizing the Promise of Racial Diversity in America's Schools, a volume edited by the Harvard Civil Rights Project.  

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Delia T. Garrity

Delia T. Garrity was a public school educator for 37 years, serving as a math teacher, teacher of the gifted, mathematics department chairperson, curriculum supervisor, assistant principal, and assistant superintendent. During her tenure as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Rockville Centre School District, New York, she provided the leadership in opening academic doors to all students and designed a comprehensive professional learning model for teachers and administrators. As assistant principal of South Side Middle School in Rockville Centre, Delia facilitated the school's transformation from a tracked system to one that offers an honors curriculum in heterogeneous classes for all students. She received the New York State Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year Award in 1996. She has taught graduate courses on mathematics education at Long Island University and is a guest lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a national educational consultant and presenter who works with educators to create equitable heterogeneous classrooms where each student, including special education students, English language learners and gifted students; receives the same high quality, rich education. She coauthored Detracking for Excellence and Equity, with Carol C. Burris and authored or coauthored articles in American School Board Journal, The School Administrator, and The Arithmetic Teacher.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



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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