"This book is a must-read for all administrators and practicing classroom teachers who are faced with the challenge of implementing Common Core State Standards. It is a practical guide to understanding CCSS and provides support for the challenges of restructuring classrooms to produce 21st century learners ready for global citizenship. "
"One leaves this engaging book knowing and thinking more about the Common Core and one's role as a leader. Kudos to the author for doing this in a manner that leaves readers feeling like they just left a high-quality professional development experience. "
"This book is one of the best I have read for moving educators beyond a cursory knowledge of the Common Core Standards. The author provides current research and years of experience to motivate and lead teachers, ensuring that they have the tools to help children succeed in the 21st century. "
"This book provides an excellent opportunity to engage teacher leaders in leading the way with Common Core Standards. "
Cheryl Dunkle is a Professional Development Associate with the Leadership and Learning Center located in Englewood, Colorado. She works with educators across the country in the areas of assessment, accountability, and standards implementation. She was a practicing elementary principal with Douglas County Schools from 1983-2001. Previous to that, she served as an elementary guidance counselor and a teacher of primary students for fourteen years. She retired from public education in July of 2001.
In addition to her leadership in public schools, Cheryl has taught for several colleges and universities both online and in face-to-face courses and has coordinated a cohort teacher education program in the Denver metro area. Cheryl has a wealth of experience with professional development, including work as a district trainer of trainers in the areas of early childhood education, effective teaching strategies, group facilitation, Cognitive Coaching, student discipline, and techniques for success in working with parents. She has extensive knowledge in adult development and learning theory, as well as standards-based education and data driven decision-making. Her current area of study and interest is investigating the elements of successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Recognitions for her work include: National Distinguished Principal, president of the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals and recipient of their department service award, member of the coordinating council for the Colorado Association of School Executives, and selection as planning principal for a new elementary school in Douglas County. Cheryl gained invaluable knowledge and skills about teaching, learning, and leadership through each of these challenging and rewarding professional experiences.
Foreword by Douglas B. Reeves
About the Author
1. What Matters Most
Are Outstanding Teachers Born or Made?
The Heart of Matter
This Isn’t Kansas Anymore, Toto
Change Is Sometimes Messy and Uncomfortable
What Happens Next with CCSS Reform?
From Common Sense to Common Practice in Teacher Leadership
2. Leading with Roots and Wings
Consider This Scenario
Variations on the Leadership Theme
The Wings of Vision
The Roots of Coherence
From Common Sense to Common Practice in School Leadership
3. The Promises and Possibilities of Common Core State Standards
Are We Still A Nation At Risk?
Building Background Knowledge about CCSS
See the Light or Feel the Heat
Progressive and Pragmatic Solutions
A Closer Look at Common Core State Standards
From Common Sense to Common Practice with CCSS
4. A Relevant and Rigorous Common Core Curriculum
Something of Substance
Common and Core
Constructing the Conversation
How the World Works
From Common Sense to Common Practice in Defining a CCSS Curriculum
5. Inviting students to Learn
The Power of Deeply Understanding Instruction
The Power of Deeply Implementing Nonfiction Writing
The Power of Deeply Utilizing Dimensions of Learning
The Power of Differentiation
From Common Sense to Common Practice in Instruction
6. Powerful Professional Learning for Adults
Adult Learning Theory
Implications for Professional Development
Options for Quality Professional Learning
From Common Sense to Common Practice in Professional Development
7. Next-Generation Assessment Systems
Lessons Old and New About Assessment Systems
Two Consortia Will Potentially Provide the Answers
Deliberate Classroom Formative Assessment: A Must
Performance Tasks to Promote Learning
From Common Sense to Common Practice in Next-Generation Assessment Systems
8. Powerful Learning Through Powerful Technology
The National Education Technology Plan
Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition
Technological Implications for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Measuring What Matters
From Common Sense to Common Practice in Technology
9. Accountability for Excellence and Equity
Understanding Total Quality
The Story Behind the Numbers
Teachers Take the Lead
System Things: Not Single Things
From Common Sense to Common Practice in Holistic Accountability