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

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Written for all educators (with the spotlight on those atthe secondary level), this important resource shows teachers andschool leaders alike how they can get students ready for collegeand careers, while simultaneously preparing them for the CommonCore assessments. Getting Ready for College, Careers, and theCommon Core is based on numerous research studies conducted byeducation expert David T. Conley and insights gained from his workwith dozens of effective secondary schools. The book offerstechniques and ...

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Overview

Written for all educators (with the spotlight on those atthe secondary level), this important resource shows teachers andschool leaders alike how they can get students ready for collegeand careers, while simultaneously preparing them for the CommonCore assessments. Getting Ready for College, Careers, and theCommon Core is based on numerous research studies conducted byeducation expert David T. Conley and insights gained from his workwith dozens of effective secondary schools. The book offerstechniques and strategies for teaching the Common Core StateStandards in ways that result in improved learning for allstudents.

Conley outlines a comprehensive framework for college and careerreadiness, which can be used to gauge readiness of both studentsand schools. His nationally known "Four Keys" model (Key CognitiveStrategies, Key Content Knowledge, Key Learning Skills &Techniques, and Key Transition Knowledge & Skills) specifiesthe teachable knowledge, skills, and abilities students must haveto be effective learners. Most importantly, students must be ableto take ownership of their learning and make connections betweentheir aspirations and goals and what they are learning inschool.

The book helps educators understand the "big picture" behind theCommon Core by showing them how to teach toward the "deeperlearning" that research has confirmed leads to more complexunderstanding and greater retention. This type of learning preparesstudents for the Common Core assessments and for success incollege, careers, and beyond.

The book is ideally suited to study and discussion groups, foruse by individual educators, and as a schoolwide resource. Centraloffice administrators, board members, and educational policymakerswill also find this book to be an essential resource forunderstanding college and career readiness and the Common Core.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118551141
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/14/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 339,475
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David T. Conley, Ph.D., is professor of Educational Policy and Leadership and founder and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon. He is also founder, CEO, and chief strategy officer at the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC). In addition, he serves as president of a consulting company devoted to strategic advising and licensing of intellectual property designed to foster new educational methods and models.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xix

The Author xxi

Introduction 1

The Common Core State Standards, Student Ownership of Learning, andCollege and Career Readiness • The Role of Elementary andSecondary Schools • Overview of the Chapters • UsingThis Book to Support
Implementation of the Common Core State Standards

1 The New Challenge: All Students College and Career Ready19

Why College and Career Readiness for All? • From VocationalEducation 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 StudentInterests and Goals to College and Career Readiness • Levelsof Readiness • My Definition of College and CareerReady

3 The Four Keys to College and Career Readiness 53

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

4 The Four Keys Continued: Learning Skills and Transition Skills71

Key Learning Skills and Techniques in Depth • Key TransitionKnowledge and Skills in Depth • The Complexity of College andCareer 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 ResearchFoundation for Deeper Learning

6 Deeper Learning at the Classroom Level 119

Characteristics of the Deeper Learning Classroom • Challengesof the Deeper Learning Classroom • A Closer Look at ScoringStudent Work for Deeper Learning • Deeper Learning, theCommon 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 theCommon Core State Standards • Structure and Organization ofthe English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards • TheHeart 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 CareerReadiness 169

The Reaching the Goal Study • Implementing the Common CoreState Standards to Improve College and Career Readiness • WhoOwns the Responsibility to Teach the Common Core State Standards?• Understanding Key Areas Related to College and CareerReadiness • 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 Readiness193

The Goals of the Consortia Assessments • Characteristics ofEach Consortium’s Assessment • Preparing for theConsortia Assessments • The Challenge Remaining

10 From an Assessment System to a System of Assessments215

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 Linebetween High School and College • The Future of the CommonCore State Standards and Consortia Assessments • The OverallOutlook

Conclusion: Changing Demographics, New Instructional Challenges263

Appendix: A Nine-Part Readiness System 267

Index 287

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