School Leader's Guide to the Common Core
Achieving Results Through Rigor and Relevance
Implement the Common Core State Standards with downloadable reproducibles, lists of resources to support the many topics affected, discussion questions, and relevant information to share with your colleagues. Explore the background of the standards and the changes that must take place to meet them. The authors offer five principles for school leaders on effective coaching and feedback.
- Understand the CCSS and your role in implementing them into the English language arts and mathematics curricula.
- Gain tips and strategies to support teachers, and create long-term professional learning as schools adopt the CCSS.
- Select the best assessment tools to study and track student progress.
- Access reproducibles, discussion questions, and other resources to support CCSS implementation and maintenance.
- Use models of classroom observations to foster collaborative conversations about teaching and learning.
- Learn and apply guidelines for effective coaching and feedback strategies.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: The Shift to the Common Core: Transitioning or Transforming Your School
Chapter 2: The Shift in Implementation: Sustaining Professional Learning
Chapter 3: The Shift in Instruction: Attaining Rigor and Real-World Relevance
Chapter 4: The Shift in Coaching and Feedback: Leading With Guiding Principles
Chapter 5: The Shift in Assessing Results: Informing All Stakeholders
- A Common Core Planning Framework
- Assessing Text Complexity
- Figure 1.1: A Self-Assessment of Leadership Qualities
- Figure 1.2: How to Read the CCSS ELA/Literacy Standards
- Figure 1.3: How to Read the Grade-Level Mathematics Standards
- Standards for Mathematical Practice
- Table 1.1: CCSS for Mathematics Domains Across Grades K–8
- Assessing Inquiry-Based Learning
- Figure 3.1: Elements of the Talk-Through
- Figure 3.2: Elements of the Walk-Through
- Figure 3.4: Elements of the Drive-Through
- Figure 3.5: Sample RSVPE Instructional Tasks for Close Reading
- Figure 3.6: Sample Appropriate Task Assessments for Close Reading
- Phase I: The Talk-Through—Explicit Teaching Lesson
- Phase II: The Walk-Through—Classroom Application Lesson
- Phase III: The Drive-Through—Common Core Performance Task Lesson
- Evaluating Blog Data
- Figure 5.2: The Stepladder of Instructional Proficiency
- Figure 5.3: Sample Tool for Observing Metacognitive Activity
- Figure 5.4: Sample Rubric for Student Self-Assessment of Metacognition
- Figure 5.5: Fishbone Analysis of Third-Grade Students' Performance on RI.3.7
- Figure 5.7: Sample Collaborative Discussion Guidelines
- Figure 5.8: A Sample Data-Based Action Plan
- All Things PLC
- Common Core State Standards Initiative
- Deeper Learning
- Illinois Consortium for 21st Century Schools
- Implementation Rubric and Self-Assessment Tool
- Khan Academy
- Partnership for 21st Century Skills
- Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
- QR Stuff
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium