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Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core. What Every Educator Needs to Know

  • ID: 2486462
  • Book
  • November 2013
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Includes discussion questions, tools for teachers, and additional resources online.

Praise for Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core

"David Conley′s latest work is breathtaking in its scope and depth. Not only does he provide a history of the development of thinking regarding college and career readiness, but he also lays out specific steps that can be taken by schools and districts to ensure that all students have adequate instruction and support to develop the skills necessary for college and career readiness. If the recommendations in this book were to be implemented, it would constitute a true transformation of the current educational system. This is a must–read for educators at all levels." ROBERT MARZANO, CEO, Marzano Research Laboratory

"This book is a must–read for educational leaders, principals, teachers, and even parents. It explains how the Common Core was constructed, clarifying the roots of this movement and explaining where we go from here. Conley debunks the notion that the CCSS is just another passing educational fad. The book offers Common Core implementation strategies for administrators and teachers as they work to align their instructional practices with the higher expectations the CCSS embody." CECELIA CUNNINGHAM, director, Middle College National Consortium

"David Conley is central to America′s most important economic development initiative the quest to boost college and career readiness of America′s youth. Everyone who cares about education should read this book for an exploration of the four keys to college and career readiness. Educators will appreciate Conley′s take on deeper learning strategies and assessments, his call for more (and better) writing, and his plea to integrate math across the curriculum. The appendix is a valuable nine–part readiness system. This is a timely and important resource." TOM VANDER ARK, author and CEO, Getting Smart

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Preface xi

Acknowledgments xix

The Author xxi

Introduction 1

The Common Core State Standards, Student Ownership of Learning, and College and Career Readiness The Role of Elementary and Secondary Schools Overview of the Chapters Using This Book to Support
Implementation of the Common Core State Standards

1 The New Challenge: All Students College and Career Ready 19

Why College and Career Readiness for All? From Vocational Education to Career Technical Education The Academic Core Creating College Readiness and Career Readiness for All The Rise of College Readiness Standards

2 College Readiness, Career Readiness: Same or Different? 37

Exploring Readiness More Deeply Connecting Student Interests and Goals to College and Career Readiness Levels of Readiness My Definition of College and Career Ready

3 The Four Keys to College and Career Readiness 53

The Four Keys: An Overview Key Cognitive Strategies in Depth Key Content Knowledge in Depth

4 The Four Keys Continued: Learning Skills and Transition Skills 71

Key Learning Skills and Techniques in Depth Key Transition Knowledge and Skills in Depth The Complexity of College and Career Readiness

5 Toward Deeper Learning 99

Some Framing Characteristics of the Learning Process Knowledge Complexity Progression What Is Deeper Learning? Four Models of Deeper Learning Overview of Research Foundation for Deeper Learning

6 Deeper Learning at the Classroom Level 119

Characteristics of the Deeper Learning Classroom Challenges of the Deeper Learning Classroom A Closer Look at Scoring Student Work for Deeper Learning Deeper Learning, the Common Core State Standards,
and College and Career Readiness

7 A Closer Look at the Common Core State Standards 139

Where Did the Common Core Come From? An Overview of the Common Core State Standards Structure and Organization of the English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards The Heart of the Challenge of Teaching the Common Core State Standards What the Common Core State Standards Don t Do Appendix: Key Elements of the Common Core

8 The Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness 169

The Reaching the Goal Study Implementing the Common Core State Standards to Improve College and Career Readiness Who Owns the Responsibility to Teach the Common Core State Standards? Understanding Key Areas Related to College and Career Readiness A Key Role for Elementary School Teachers The Challenge of the Common Core and College and Career Ready

9 The Consortia Assessments and College and Career Readiness 193

The Goals of the Consortia Assessments Characteristics of Each Consortium s Assessment Preparing for the Consortia Assessments The Challenge Remaining

10 From an Assessment System to a System of Assessments 215

Performance Tasks: Key Element in a System of Assessments How a System of Assessments Addresses a Wider Range of Standards Moving toward Student Profiles

11 Where To from Here? 235

What Will Ready Mean? A Blurring of the Line between High School and College The Future of the Common Core State Standards and Consortia Assessments The Overall Outlook

Conclusion: Changing Demographics, New Instructional Challenges 263

Appendix: A Nine–Part Readiness System 267

Index 287

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David T. Conley
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