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ISBN-13: 978-0325043555 ISBN-10: 0325043558 Edition: 1st

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  • Age Range: 5 - 17 years
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (March 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325043558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325043555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Pathways to the Common Core! The way it explains how the standards work will correct many misconceptions and go a long way toward changing literacy instruction for the better, a primary intent of the standards. It will help people know how to read the standards, and will help teachers see how they already address this new view of comprehension and what more they need to do. This book is an amazing reference for any teacher working to accelerate student achievement, and it is a must-read for those facing the challenge levels of the Common Core State Standards.
---Sally Hampton, member of the writing team for the Common Core ELA standards and member of the Pearson Foundation curriculum design team

With piercing insights, Calkins, Ehrenworth, and Lehman dive deep into the CCSS to debunk myths, extract meaning, and provide needed guidance for each and every standard. Pathways to the Common Core is a necessity for the principal, curriculum leader, professional developer, and teacher seeking a thorough analysis of the standards from which to launch an informed approach to this critical initiative.
---Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, author, consultant, and director of the Curriculum 21 Project

Teachers across the country yearn for a road map to navigate the Common Core State Standards. Search no more. Pathways to the Common Core is the CCSS GPS. The authors do a thorough, extensive analysis of every aspect of the ELA CCSS. Pathways charts a course for effective, thoughtful teaching and top-notch student learning. I was blown away by this smart, artful, enthralling book.
---Stephanie Harvey, educator and co-author of the Comprehension Toolkit series

While acknowledging the ambivalence swirling around the Common Core State Standards, Pathways to the Common Core takes a proactive stance, encouraging us to scrutinize the standards carefully and accept the challenge to raise expectations for all children s literacy learning. It reminds us that it is up to schools and districts to decide how to implement the standards and choose our own way forward.
---Ellin Keene, consultant and author of Talk About Understanding

I began reading Pathways to the Common Core in my favorite chair, music playing, dinner cooking on the stove. I ll just read a couple of chapters, I thought. I finished the book hours later, sitting at my desk, a legal pad filled with notes of all I had learned, and hungry for conversation with colleagues (and for dinner that had long-ago burned). Pathways to the Common Core sets you on a path for thinking more deeply about the standards, for teaching more inventively with the standards, and for helping students achieve the goals of the standards.
---Kylene Beers, consultant and author of When Kids Can t Read

The success of the Common Core State Standards will depend largely on how teachers implement them and whether they are able to resist narrow interpretations that could lead to increased failure rates and achievement gaps. In the hands of informed teachers the standards could promote deeper thinking and higher classroom performance. Read Pathways to the Common Core and be informed. --
Tom Corcoran, Co-director of CPRE, Teachers College

The Common Core State Standards are here and, as with any new initiative, there are the inevitable questions and concerns, debate and discontent. Pathways to the Common Core does not take sides; rather, the authors acknowledge the range of opinions swarming around the CCSS and wisely focus their energy on making sense of the standards. They provide a clear examination of what is and isn t stated and then invite us to seize this opportunity to reflect on our practice and to become co-constructors of the --
Terrence P. Carter, Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction Department, Academy for Urban School Leadership, National Teachers Academy, Chicago

The Common Core State Standards are here and, as with any new initiative, there are the inevitable questions and concerns, debate and discontent. Pathways to the Common Core does not take sides; rather, the authors acknowledge the range of opinions swarming around the CCSS and wisely focus their energy on making sense of the standards. They provide a clear examination of what is and isn t stated and then invite us to seize this opportunity to reflect on our practice and to become co-constructors of the future of instruction and curriculum. Let s take up that challenge.
---Lester L. Laminack, author, educator, consultant

Calkins, Ehrenworth, and Lehman have taken up the challenge of the Common Core standards in a most valuable way. Pathways to the Common Core provides a context for teachers and administrators to advance productive instructional strategies while offering the critical language and logic needed to stand up to unfortunate interpretations and nonsense.
---Peter Johnston, Professor, The University at Albany

Pathways to the Common Core invites teachers and principals to welcome the Common Core standards and take them seriously, while recognizing them as a substantial challenge to business as usual. It offers wise advice on how to move ahead, building on strength and engaging the entire school community in a joint effort of continuous improvement. The authors know no one yet has all the answers for reaching such ambitious goals, and suggest deep suspicion of anyone who claims otherwise. It is must reading for responsible educators, and it wouldn't hurt if policymakers took a look as well.
---Fritz Mosher, Senior Research Consultant, Consortium for Policy Research in Education and the Center for Continuous Instructional Improvement

I love it when I sit down to view a table of contents and end up reading the whole book. Pathways to the Common Core is the most useful unpacking of the Common Core State Standards available to date. Lucy, Mary, and Chris help us understand what the standards emphasize and how this emphasis might lead us down different paths of instruction than we ve taken before. With generous wisdom and experience, they help us keep one eye on rigor and the other on meaningful reading and writing.
---Gretchen Owocki, Ph.D., Director, Reading and Writing Clinic, Saginaw Valley State University

Some of our most valuable resources in supporting a child s journey toward college and career readiness are the teachers who propel that journey. If the standards specify what every child needs to know and be able to do to be college or career ready, then Pathways to the Common Core specifies what every educator needs to know and be able to do to implement the ELA standards effectively.
---Meghan Berry, CPS, K 5 Writing Content Lead, Office of Reading and Language Arts, Chicago

While the standards may be daunting and technical, I am inspired by the way Pathways to the Common Core eases the reader through the concerns we all feel and supports us as we come together to take an honest look at our instructional practices and create systems that will accelerate student achievement. This book is encouraging and supportive; I feel prepared to roll up my sleeves and get to work alongside my staff. --
Liz Tetreault, Principal, Port Salerno Elementary School, FL

Combining research, experience, and common sense, Pathways to the Common Core is a GPS providing step-by-step navigation through the new Common Core standards. It is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and instructional leaders looking to effectively implement the standards.
---Dr. Tom Bulla, Director of Elementary Education, Union County Public Schools, NC

Pathways to the Common Core is a road map for school leaders and teachers looking to navigate the bends and twists encountered in implementing the Common Core State Standards. It is the perfect blend of instructional theory and classroom practice. This book has already become my most important resource.
---Christine Capaci, Principal, West Windsor Plainsboro Regional School District, Village School, NJ

If after reading, rereading, and discussing the CCSS you continue to grapple with how they change or support current practices in your district, school, or classroom, read Pathways to the Common Core. Follow Lucy, Mary, and Christopher s critical examination of the standards and you will be empowered to approach curricular alignment with richer perspective, clearer purpose, and greater confidence.
---Rochelle DeMuccio, Coordinator ELA and Reading, Half Hollow Hills Schools, NY

At last a book that inspires educators to raise their sights above the politics of the Common Core and focus instead on the unprecedented opportunity these new standards create. Loaded with practical examples, Pathways to the Common Core provides detailed explanations of the standards and thoughtful considerations for implementation. It will propel educators toward the rigorous, ambitious teaching that can truly accelerate student achievement.
---Dr. Erin McGurk, Director of Educational Services, Ellington Public Schools, CT

Lucy, Mary, and Christopher take us on an intellectual journey inside the Common Core State Standards, pausing to examine each standard with the eyes of teachers in real classrooms. Brilliant and accessible, Pathways to the Common Core gives a voice to our profession and invites us to reflect on the Common Core State Standards as an opportunity for collaboration and celebration.
---Lydia Bellino, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Cold Spring Harbor Central School District, NY

Once again Lucy and the Reading & Writing Project blaze a trail for us all this time as we enter the new terrain of the Common Core. Pathways to the Common Core helps teachers recognize that this work is not new; rather, it takes what we have already been doing and provides a road map for ways to make the work deeper and more rigorous.
---Phyllis Harrington, Ed.D., Superintendent, Oyster Bay East Norwich Central School District, NY

Lucy, Mary, and Chris have decrypted the CCSS. Pathways to the Common Core is a must-have addition to every educator s library.
---Vincent M. Iturralde, Principal, Tarkington School of Excellence, Chicago

Engaging and intriguing, Pathways to the Common Core reads like a novel. You won t want to put it down.
---Sheila R. Cole, Ed.D, Principal, Franklin School, NJ

Pathways to the Common Core is not a love letter to the CCSS; instead, it is a critical dissection of the standards focusing on what they include, what they marginalize, what is neglected, and what is ineffective. It shows what the standards look like in practice. --
Terrence P. Carter, Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction Department, Academy for Urban School Leadership, National Teachers Academy, Chicago

About the Author

Lucy Calkins is the author of the popular firsthand classroom materials Units of Study for Teaching Writing series and the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5 series. Most recently, Lucy has published a common core workshop curriculum, Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grades K - 5. In addition, Lucy is the author or coauthor of numerous foundational professional texts with Heinemann, including Pathways to the Common Core;The Art of Teaching Writing; and One to One. She is also the author of The Art of Teaching Reading. She is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University's Teachers College. For more than twenty-five years, the Project has been both a think tank - developing state of the art teaching methods - and a provider of professional development. In these capacities, the Project has supported hundreds of thousands of educators. As the leader of this world renowned organization, Lucy works closely with policy-makers, superintendents, district leaders and school principals to instigate and sustain school-wide and system-wide educational reforms. But above all, Lucy works closely with teachers and with their classrooms full of wise and wonderful children. Lucy is also the Richard Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, where she leads the Literacy Specialist program. Lucy and her husband John are the parents of two sons, Miles and Evan.

Mary Ehrenworth is coauthor of Pathways to the Common Core (with Lucy Calkins and Christopher Lehman). She is Deputy Director of Middle Schools at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University. She studied history and literature at Harvard and then curriculum theory and adolescent literacy at Columbia, where she received her doctorate - and then has been lucky to work with three subjects she loves - books, children, and teachers. In addition to Pathways, Mary has authored and co-authored numerous books, including: The Power of Grammar; Teaching Reading Through Fantasy Novels; Constructing Curriculum and Tackling Complex Texts from Units of Study in Reading; and Looking to Write: Teaching Writing Through the Visual Arts. Mary is also offering support to educators with the Common Core Standards through an online course entitled Harnessing the Common Core Standards to Achieve Higher Levels of Reading and Writing in Your Classroom and School offered through our new Digital Campus.

Christopher Lehman is an international speaker, education consultant, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include: Pathways to the Common Core with Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth; Falling In Love with Close Reading with Kate Roberts; Energize Research Reading and Writing; and A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers. His articles and interviews have appeared in many publications and popular blogs including Voices in the Middle; SmartBrief; EdWeek; Choice Literacy; and Talks with Teachers. Chris has been a middle school teacher; a high-school teacher; a literacy coach; and, for seven years, a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Working with schools around the world as an independent consultant and frequent keynote speaker, he supports educators, coaches, and administrators in developing rigorous and passionate literacy instruction across content areas. A graduate of UW-Madison, Chris went on to receive his M.A. in Teaching at NYU and his Ed.M. in Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to consulting and writing, he serves as an educational advisor to the National Center for Families Learning in Washington, D.C., and as a project advisor on a joint NCTE/NCLE national education collaboration initiative. Follow Chris online! Twitter: @iChrisLehman Pinterest: /ChrisLehmanEdu Blog: ChristopherLehman.com

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Very helpful book when planning instruction for the Common Core standards.
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The Oregon Teacher of the Year recommended this book to her board, and that's why I read it!
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This easy to read and understand book on CCSS IS A MUST READ FOR ALL EDUCATORS.
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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 28, 2012
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Already, before they've even been implemented, the words "common" and "core" have moved into our schools, unpacked their stuff, and begun to act in general like they own the joint. Where exactly did these standards come from and what do they mean to teachers, administrators, parents, and students?

Ask no more. PATHWAYS TO THE COMMON CORE is 197 pages of concise elucidation, making it one book you'd love to put into the hands of everyone associated with education. With its short introduction, the book claims we can bicker and carp about the new standards or we can look for the silver lining and make something of them -- something that can actually help our students. From there, Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman take us on a tour through the reading, writing, and speaking/listening and language standards, laying it on the line in simple terms: This is what they say, this is what they DON'T say, and this is what they mean for us if we're going to do the job right.

One interesting implication of the CCSS is how they bring us back to the heyday (30s and 40s) of the New Criticism, when text was king. Close analysis of text is back, meaning some common (and beloved) practices associated with reader response will be downgraded and outright eliminated. Included in this would be practices like connections to self and accessing students' background knowledge on a topic before starting a reading. The Common Core has little patience for such truck, instead asking students to read, retell key points in the text and, once understanding is established, move on to interpretation of key ideas and analysis of structure.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Denise W. Schweikart on June 24, 2012
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Picture this... You are sitting in your classroom dreaming of the summer at the beach and in walks the principal to hand you the newest copy of the Common Core Standards and tells you that you will implement these in your classroom next year. As you begin watching your dreams of the beach become a memory because of the standards and work you will need to do over the summer, you begin wishing for a magic book that would help you. You begin reading the standards only to find out that they are really confusing and you are not sure what they would look like in a lesson. More and more you want that magic book.

Well if you order this book you will have found the magic book or the best source to use for understanding the Common Core. The book is set up to walk you through each domain of the standards and give you a more in depth look at what they really want the children to be able to accomplish. As you start reading the book you will realize that the authors have a vast understanding of the standards and how they influence teaching. They use a mentor text and show you what it would like in a lesson using the new standards and the level of rigor that the lesson should have.

As I read it the first time, I began creating questions in my head (and on post its) and I was amazed that all of my questions were answered before I finished the book. I love the way that the information is presented to new learners. After you read the book once, it is helpful to go back to the Common Core and go back through them. Then, go back to the book and start rereading because as teachers know this is the key to understanding the text (multiple readings).

If you purchase this book trust me you will have a much better understanding of the expectations that the Common Core standards have placed on teachers and on children.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Gallagher on April 30, 2012
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We all know there are problems with the CCSS, but this book gives me hope that the new standards can be used as a lever to improve our students' ability to read, write, speak, and think. Pathways to the Common Core is essential for any teacher, administrator, curriculum leader, and school board member who wants to get out ahead of the CCSS curve. A very smart book.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By flatrockrosie on May 16, 2012
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I have learned so much from reading this book. Many things have been clarified. I don't feel quite so overwhelmed about common core standards starting next year.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By publisher on August 27, 2012
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Meredith J. Liben's review of Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement tells you all you need to know about what is wrong with the educational debate in America. For some, it is all about pushing product not educating children. The attack on Pathways to the Common Core and Heinemann publishing is really an assault on real teaching itself in favor of the same old systematic phonics programs that NCLB and Reading First pushed and have left us with a generation of children you can read but not comprehend. The reviewers insistance that Calkins and crew have rewritten the CCS for their own purposes is patently false and ignores the extensive data we have proving the COMPLETE failure of NCLB in the area of reading comprehension. Ms. Liben's quoting of such a large section of such a biased review from the Fordham Institute shows she is part of some attack machine aimed at discrediting the reputation of the authors and publisher instead of talking about real issues that affect children.

Pathways to the Common Core, assumes the best about the Common Core Standards and shows teachers there is more than one pathway to leading your students to lifelong literacy. Heinemann publishing is one the nation's best producers of well researched professional books for teachers. I am proud to be one of their authors and I believe that if the Common Core is going to be useful in improving education, the lion's share of resources must go into teaching and professional development, not elaborate assessments that do not inform a child's learning.
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