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    Corwin Spring 2012 Season Features New Books on Common Core

    Ohanian Comment: Imagine this: A line of books that "covers the entire process of implementing the Common Core."

    The Common Core is a great boon to people out to make a buck.

    Noting that Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards by Joe Crawford was one of the first Common Core publications out of the gate--appearing in November 2011--I decided to take a look.

    Oh my.

    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are here! Whether you receive the news with gratitude or trepidation, the reality is that public education must find a way to implement them.

    No, the reality is that if people who care about public education don't find a way to fight them, public schools are dead--and so is democracy.

    I'm for:

  • increased localism

  • Slow Schools

  • creating a schools Happiness Index

  • Crawford, author of Using Power Standards to Build an Aligned Curriculum tries to convince the reader that Power Standards are the way to go.

    What are Power Standards? They look like other impossible the student will statements. Here is a Power Standard for the End of Grade 1:

    The student will:

    Write for a variety of purposes (narrative, expository, opinion, etc.) using appropriate sequence of events or details as well as providing a sense of closure.

    Ok, what's the probability that the author has ever taught first grade?

    I remember when my nephew was in first grade and he said, "Aunt Susie, do you want to hear a joke?"

    I don't remember the subject. What I remember is us standing in the kitchen and him going on and on with a long sequence of events and details. . . on and on and on. I remember being amazed that this kid could remember all these details. . . from this joke he'd heard.

    About three minutes into this joke, eagerly waiting for the punchline, I realized that, happy with his rapt audience, the kid was just winging it--making up a story on the spot. His recitation continued for a while, finally petering out.

    It was a fascinating and powerful experience. I won't use the educationese for what he was doing--except to say he was trying to gain access to this joke affinity his grandpa and I shared. He didn't quite get 'punchline' but he was on the way. I guess I'd have to say that he didn't achieve success with any Power Standard, but ohmygod, it was a wonderful few minutes that have stayed with me for over 50 years.

    I'm still waiting for "closure."

    What a word.

    For $39.95, you can get a book that tells you first graders gotta get closure.

    It's clear that some of these authors saw an opportunity and have incorporated the Common Core State [sic] Standards into a long-standing belief system. Although I strongly disagree with that belief system, I can see that at least one of the books is well thought-out, presenting a strong case.

    I can also see that at least a couple are trash--with the junkiest diagrams I ever care to look at.

    I leave it to you, dear reader, to make your own judgment.

    Corwin Press Announcement

    Media contact: Charline Maher
    805-410-7750, charline.maher@corwin.com

    Los Angeles, CA (April 24, 2012) - A February 24 article in Education Week reported that educators are having difficulty finding resources for implementing the new Common Core State Standards. Corwin's Spring 2012 books include 7 new titles on the Common Core, covering the entire process from aligning the curriculum to helping English and mathematics teachers implement the new standards in the classroom.

    "We listen to educators every day, so we know that finding high-quality resources for implementing the Common Core is one of their biggest challenges for this school year and next," said Mike Soules, president of Corwin. "We are committed to helping educators bring all students to college and career readiness, so we have partnered with world-class authors to publish quality, practical books and training resources that provide the step-by-step guidance and ready-made tools necessary for successful implementation."

    Corwin was one of the first professional publishers to offer resources on implementing the Common Core, publishing Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards by Joe Crawford in November 2011.

    Corwin's Common Core resources include:

  • Aligning Your Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards by Joe Crawford
    $39.95; 248 pages.
    Sample text available.

  • 95 Strategies for Remodeling Instruction: Ideas for Incorporating CCSS by Laura E. Pinto, Stephanie Spares, and Laura Driscoll
    $34.95; 200 pages
    sample text available
    Fascinating Fact: The authors are Canadian.

  • Opening the Common Core: How to Bring ALL Students to College and Career Readiness by Carol Corbett Burris and Delia T. Garrity
    $34.95; 192 pages
    Sample text available.

    "CCSS created by educational experts and policy makers."

    "College and career readiness is the new baseline."

  • Getting to the Core of English Language Arts, Grades 6-12: How to Meet the Common Core State Standards with Lessons from the Classroom by Vicky Giouroukakis and Maureen Connolly
    $38.95; 241 pages.
    No sample text available.

  • Mapping Comprehensive Units to the ELA Common Core Standards, K-5 by Kathy Tuchman Glass
    $41.95; 256 pages.
    No sample text available.

  • Leading the Common Core State Standards: From Common Sense to Common Practice by Cheryl Dunkle
    $29.71; 184 pages.
    Releases May 1

  • The Common Core Mathematics Standards: Transforming Practice Through Team Leadership by Ted H. Hull, Ruth Harbin Miles, and Don S. Balka
    $31.95; 160 pages
    No sample text.

  • Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum: The Common Core State Standards Edition by Susan M. Drake (coming May 2012)
    This looks to be an update of a volume that came out in 2nd edition in 2007.

  • For more information, please visit www.corwin.com/commoncore.


    Corwin, a SAGE company, was established in 1990 to provide solutions for PreK–12 educators. Corwin produces books and multimedia resources that range from very practical, experience-based resources to more reflective or research-based titles, and are written for a diverse set of professionals—principals, administrators, specialists, teachers, counselors, consultants, teacher educators, and collegiate-level students. www.corwin.com.

    SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC. www.sagepublications.com

    — Press Release
    Corwin Press
    April 24, 2012

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