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Opening the Common Core: How to Bring ALL Students to College and Career Readiness 1st Edition

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"This book is perfectly timed for the release and implementation of the Common Core State Standards. This is exactly what a school needs to use the implementation of the CCSS as an opportunity to change its moral imperative to include a mission to prepare all students for post-secondary education." (Michael Horton, AVID Administrator 2011-11-28)

“The authors equip school and district leaders with a practical, research-based approach to providing an engaging, equitable learning experience for all students.”

(Jeff Ronneberg, Superintendent 2011-11-28)

“Burris and Garrity use a combination of academic acceleration, equity results, critical thinking, and teacher support to paint a concrete picture of what it takes to get results. They provide both the framework and specifics to create a rich curriculum and instructional strategies that engage all students. The message of combining the CCSS with the recognition and enlistment of teacher talent and ideas is infectious. Engaging and persuasively written.” (Henry M. Levin, Founder of the Accelerated Schools Project 2011-12-27)

“The authors helped move their district toward national recognition for outstanding teaching and learning founded upon the development of teachers as knowledgeable, trusted professionals. Their book gives teachers and school leaders practical, useful tools grounded in experience and research―tools that help provide all students with excellent and challenging learning experiences that are deep, meaningful, preparatory and not driven by testing.” (Kevin G. Welner, Director, National Education Policy Center 2011-12-27)

“At a time when testing pressures are narrowing the curriculum in too many schools, Burris and Garrity show readers how students can be led to college readiness through sound instructional practices that recognize research and honor good teaching. This book provides teachers and school leaders with clear examples of strategies and lessons that recognize that equitable access to rich learning experiences for all students is critical as we strive for excellence.” (Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education and Founding Director 2012-01-03)

About the Author

Carol Corbett Burris has served as principal of South Side High School in New York's Rockville Centre School District since 2000. Prior to becoming a principal, she was a teacher at both the middle and high school level. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her dissertation, which studied her district’s detracking reform in math, received the 2003 National Association of Secondary Schools’ Principals Middle Level Dissertation of the Year Award. In 2010, she was named The New York State Outstanding Educator by School Administrators Association of New York State.

She is the co-author, with Delia Garrity, of Detracking for Excellence and Equity. Articles that she has authored or co-authored have appeared in Educational Leadership, The Kappan, the American Educational Research Journal, The Teachers College Record, Theory into Practice, The School Administrator, the American School Board Journal and EdWeek. A chapter on closing the achievement gap, which she co-authored with Kevin Welner, appeared in Lessons in Integration: Realizing the Promise of Racial Diversity in America's Schools, a volume edited by the Harvard Civil Rights Project.  



Delia T. Garrity was a public school educator for 37 years, serving as a math teacher, teacher of the gifted, mathematics department chairperson, curriculum supervisor, assistant principal, and assistant superintendent. During her tenure as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Rockville Centre School District, New York, she provided the leadership in opening academic doors to all students and designed a comprehensive professional learning model for teachers and administrators. As assistant principal of South Side Middle School in Rockville Centre, Delia facilitated the school's transformation from a tracked system to one that offers an honors curriculum in heterogeneous classes for all students. She received the New York State Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year Award in 1996. She has taught graduate courses on mathematics education at Long Island University and is a guest lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a national educational consultant and presenter who works with educators to create equitable heterogeneous classrooms where each student, including special education students, English language learners and gifted students; receives the same high quality, rich education. She coauthored Detracking for Excellence and Equity, with Carol C. Burris and authored or coauthored articles in American School Board Journal, The School Administrator, and The Arithmetic Teacher.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452226237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452226231
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,703,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carol Corbett Burris is principal of South Side High School in the Rockville Centre School District of New York. In 2013 she was named New York State High School Principal of the Year. She is a frequent guest blogger on the Washington Post's Answersheet and is coauthor of Detracking for Excellence and Equity and Opening the Common Core: How to Bring All Students to College and Career Readiness. Her most recent book is On the Same Track. She lives in East Rockaway, New York.

Author photo credit Jesse R. Burris.

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This book is supposed to be about college readiness. Almost all of the examples given are for elementary students. Literally, they are showing you how to explain 4X4. The few high school examples they give are simple literature lessons. I felt like the authors just used the examples that were the easiest to come up with and didn't put any thought into them. Easy for them to write the book, but not at all helpful for me.
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This is a timely book that is great for teachers trying to develop Common Core lessons that work for all kids. I love the lesson plans and the strategies.
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The content of the book is good and will help anyone develop their teaching to reach every student. My issue with the book is the formatting. The actual content was lost in the examples and it was difficult to maintain focus and interest while wading through the sample lesson scenarios in the ACES categories. I would have much preferred the scenarios separated from the content descriptions.
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Co-author Carol Burris ended up being completely against common core after writing this book because she saw the disaster that common core really is on implementation. On 3/4/13 a Washington Post column was written about her turn-around on common core entitled "Principal: I Was Naïve About Common Core". What she's seen and the few stories she tells are devastating to this statist, federalized form of education, funded by Bill Gates Foundation, crony capitalists getting rich selling curriculum to school systems, not to mention our children's personal data being traded amongst states and also being sold (inBloom) for financial gain. Big Brother has arrived!
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So glad to know others feel this way. I know this principal and she is disliked by many students, teachers and parents. Burris is all about making her self look good and it doesn't surprise me in the least that after writing this book she did an about face regarding common core. She only cares about her wealthy families who can pay tutors to get their dumb little rich kids high grades. This makes her and the community look good, when it fact it is not, its just that they have money to make them look great and in turn make Burris look like she is doing a great job as well. It's just an illusion folks.
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