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December 2012/January 2013
Common Core: Now What?

December 2012/January 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 4

Common Core: Now What?

Feature Articles

The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends

Timothy Shanahan

What the Common Core State Standards allegedly say and what they really say.

Putting the Pieces in Place

Robert Rothman

The author surveys the wide-ranging plans underway to implement the Common Core State Standards.

Making the Shifts

Sandra Alberti

How to get in gear to drive literacy and math standards forward.

Coming Soon: A New Generation of Assessments

Nancy A. Doorey

A preview of the kind of assessments PARCC and Smarter Balanced are developing.

Closing in on Close Reading

Nancy Boyles

Three ways elementary school teachers can foster comprehension.

Go Figure: Math and the Common Core

Marilyn Burns

Insights into how students reason mathematically and a free tool to help analyze their thinking.

What Happens to the Basics?

Elfrieda H. Hiebert and P. David Pearson

Decoding and fluency skills still need to be taught, but it's equally important to engage students with compelling content.

Commentary / How the Common Core Boosts Quality and Equality

William H. Schmidt and Nathan A. Burroughs

Realizing the potential of the Common Core State Standards presents tremendous challenges, but their enormous benefits will make it worth the effort.

Commentary / The Common Core Initiative: What Are the Chances of Success?

Tom Loveless

Despite the cheerleading, prospects for an impact on student achievement are nil.

Commentary / The Dangers and Opportunities of the Common Core

Jacqueline Grennon Brooks and Mary E. Dietz

The Common Core State Standards themselves are strong, but the initiative wrongly conflates standards with standardization.

"Think Like a Seminar"

Laura Billings and Terry Roberts

Paideia dialogues model the thinking skills at the heart of the Common Core State Standards.

Speaking of Speaking

John Larmer and John R. Mergendoller

Project-based learning offers opportunities to build critical thinking and communication skills.

How ASCD Supports the Common Core

Efrain Mercado and Sherida Britt

With grant support, ASCD has hosted statewide summits and created many new resources to share with educators.

Columns / Departments

Double Take

Reviews, research, and relevant reads.

Research Says / Nonfiction Reading Promotes Student Success

Bryan Goodwin and Kirsten Miller

Informational reading increases vocabulary and background knowledge.

Art and Science of Teaching / Analyzing Complex Texts

Robert J. Marzano

How to teach students to identify relationships among ideas.

Power Up! / Filtering Fallacies

Doug Johnson

What to consider when deciding how to filter at school.

Principal Connection / On the Same Page?

Thomas R. Hoerr

Does your faculty know your definition of good teaching?

One to Grow On / Teaching Like a Four-Star Chef

Carol Ann Tomlinson

Outstanding teachers don't confuse ingredients with dinner.

Tell Me About … / The Lessons You've Learned About the Common Core

Read these stories, and contribute your own response to an upcoming question.

ASCD Community in Action

News and resources from ASCD.

EL Takeaways

Six insights about implementing the common core.


The Common Core Standards: Starting Now

David Liben and Meredith Liben

An abundance of resources gives schools a leg up on implementation.

High Expectations: High Supports

Vicki Phillips and Carina Wong

Through the Gates Foundation, two collaboratives—one for literacy, one for math—offer an array of free resources to educators.

The Right Climate for the Core

Janet Angelis, Karen Polsinelli, Eija Rougle and Johanna Shogan

Classroom climate will make the difference in whether students can learn to apply core skills independently.

Instigating Thinking in Math Class

Jessica Hiltabidel

A math teacher shares new approaches for teaching math standards through inquiry.

EL Study Guide

Naomi Thiers

Watch This Spot!

This month's video from the PD In Focus Common Core channel includes teachers' reflections on the Common Core standards.

Watch the Interview

Jay McTighe talks with EL editor in chief Marge Scherer about the promises and challenges of the Common Core State Standards. See also his white paper, cowritten with Grant Wiggins, entitled "From Common Core to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas," housed on ASCD's new online resource EduCore.


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