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What people are saying about Understanding Common Core State Standards
“How much autonomy should teachers have in what to teach? How can curricula be timely and support standards? How can standards be consistent from district to district? What are the benefits of core standards? Why are “crosswalks” critical? What do schools and districts need to do to move ahead? You’ll find the answers to all these questions and more in John Kendall’s little book, Understanding Common Core State Standards. Kendall is a good writer, he knows core standards, and he succinctly articulates the information you need to know. The book is a useful introduction for teachers and administrators who will be working with these standards in the coming years.”
—Neal Starkman, Education Writer, Seattle, WA
"[This publication] offers a cogent overview of the development of the Common Core and how its adoption impacts teachers and students. With easy-to-digest, well organized chapters in a pamphlet-sized format, Kendall's guide is a must-read primer." —Excerpt originally appeared in School Library Journal's e-newsletter Curriculum Connections.Reprinted with permission from School Library Journal. "Everyone who's grappling with the common core should grab a copy of John Kendall's short and admirably clear Understanding Common Core State Standards… . It's not the kind of common core ABCs you'll find elsewhere. Instead, Kendall gives us the underlying logic behind the CC—why we need it, how it's different from previous standards—based education guidelines, what it aims to do, and how. The book is like a blueprint showing a house's architectural structure." —Marc Aronson, Professor, Rutgers University School of Communication and InformationNew Brunswick, N.J.Published in School Library Journal’s newsletter Extra Helping.Reprinted with permission from School Library Journal.
This Quick-Start Guide provides a succinct, all-in-one look at the content, structure, terminology, and emphases of the Common Core standards for English language arts at the middle school level.