- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118551141
- ISBN-13: 978-1118551141
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Getting Ready for College, Careers, and the Common Core: What Every Educator Needs to Know Hardcover – October 7, 2013
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Written for all educators (with the spotlight on those atthe secondary level), this important resource shows teachers andschool leaders alike how they can get students ready for collegeand careers, while simultaneously preparing them for the CommonCore assessments. Getting Ready for College, Careers, and theCommon Core is based on numerous research studies conducted byeducation expert David T. Conley and insights gained from his workwith dozens of effective secondary schools. The book offerstechniques and strategies for teaching the Common Core StateStandards in ways that result in improved learning for allstudents.
Conley outlines a comprehensive framework for college and careerreadiness, which can be used to gauge readiness of both studentsand schools. His nationally known "Four Keys" model (Key CognitiveStrategies, Key Content Knowledge, Key Learning Skills &Techniques, and Key Transition Knowledge & Skills) specifiesthe teachable knowledge, skills, and abilities students must haveto be effective learners. Most importantly, students must be ableto take ownership of their learning and make connections betweentheir aspirations and goals and what they are learning inschool.
The book helps educators understand the "big picture" behind theCommon Core by showing them how to teach toward the "deeperlearning" that research has confirmed leads to more complexunderstanding and greater retention. This type of learning preparesstudents for the Common Core assessments and for success incollege, careers, and beyond.
The book is ideally suited to study and discussion groups, foruse by individual educators, and as a schoolwide resource. Centraloffice administrators, board members, and educational policymakerswill also find this book to be an essential resource forunderstanding college and career readiness and the Common Core.
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Praise for Getting Ready for College, Careers, andthe Common Core
"David Conley's latest work is breathtaking in its scope anddepth. Not only does he provide a history of the development ofthinking regarding college and career readiness, but he also laysout specific steps that can be taken by schools and districts toensure that all students have adequate instruction and support todevelop the skills necessary for college and career readiness. Ifthe recommendations in this book were to be implemented, it wouldconstitute a true transformation of the current educational system.This is a must-read for educators at all levels." ROBERTMARZANO, CEO, Marzano Research Laboratory
"This book is a must-read for educational leaders, principals,teachers, and even parents. It explains how the Common Core wasconstructed, clarifying the roots of this movement and explainingwhere we go from here. Conley debunks the notion that the CCSS isjust another passing educational fad. The book offers Common Coreimplementation strategies for administrators and teachers as theywork to align their instructional practices with the higherexpectations the CCSS embody." CECELIA CUNNINGHAM,director, Middle College National Consortium
"David Conley is central to America's most important economicdevelopment initiativethe quest to boost college and careerreadiness of America's youth. Everyone who cares about educationshould read this book for an exploration of the four keys tocollege and career readiness. Educators will appreciate Conley'stake on deeper learning strategies and assessments, his call formore (and better) writing, and his plea to integrate math acrossthe curriculum. The appendix is a valuable nine-part readinesssystem. This is a timely and important resource." TOMVANDER ARK, author and CEO, Getting Smart
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What the book is
Overall, the book covers the broad topic of college and career readiness, using Conley’s Four Keys to College and Career Readiness as a framework. He provides a strong definition of what it means to be CCR, and what a ready learner looks like. Conley then turns to the CCSS, its history and associated assessments, and how the standards correlate with CCR. He concludes with a discussion on how to assess a wider range of student abilities as well as taking a look at where the field is moving.
What the book is not
While Dr. Conley offers a necessary discussion of the CCSS in the context of CCR, this book is not a how-to on implementing the CCSS, nor does it provide curriculum guides for the standards, or in-depth curriculum maps. The book does give some good ideas on how to understand particularly tricky aspects of the CCSS, but if you’re looking for a “how-to” on CCSS implementation, this is not the book for you. I will note, however, that the accompanying website, [...] does offer a plethora of (free) resources, organized by chapter, that can assist with CCSS implementation.
Overview of chapters
Preface: Don’t skip the lead-on, where Dr. Conley shares his CCR story. His story caused me to reflect on my own, and grounded the following chapters in a more meaningful way.
Intro: Overview of CCR and CCSS challenges and overview of each chapter.
1: A great, concise history of CCR and standards in general. Basically, how we got here in the first place. While I suspect the information in this chapter will not be new to most of us, I thought the brief summary was helpful as a refresher.
2: Dr. Conley offers his definition of CCR, levels of readiness, and connecting student interests to CCR. A great resource, this chapter could really stand on its own and should be required reading for anyone involved in education in this country.
3 and 4: In these two chapters, Conley offers an overview of his Four Keys to CCR, and describes each in-depth.
5 and 6: Deeper learning is described and discussed, several models offered, and the concept explained in the context of CCSS. Conley then explores the deeper learning classroom and student work in such a classroom, a section I found particularly useful.
7: Conley transitions to a careful look at the CCSS, including a history, how they are organized, and implementation challenges. Again, this could be a stand-alone piece, and I really liked how he broke everything down. I’ve spent my fair share of time on the CCSS website, and couldn’t find most of the information Dr. Conley offers. A great resource.
8: A discussion of the CCSS and CCR, including the role of elementary teachers (a topic often overlooked in these types of books), and implementation challenges.
9: An overview of the consortia assessments, which again, I found to be a great resource in understanding the overall assessment picture.
10: Conley offers an alternate assessment option, one that really resonated with me. With all the interest in measuring “soft” “non-cog,” or as Dr. Conley calls them, “metacognitive” skills, this chapter was particularly relevant and thought provoking.
11: The book concludes with a looks at the future of CCSS and CCR.
I definitely recommend this book to k-12 administrators, teachers, policy makers, as well as professionals in the higher education world interested in CCR and CCSS. It would also be an excellent addition to any administrator, counselor, or teacher preparation course at the university level. The text is easy to read and isn’t bogged down with citations—though references are provided on the accompanying website. Each chapter ends with “Awareness and Action Steps,” which can be used to put what is outlined into practice. I do wish Dr. Conley would write something directly for parents on the topic of CCR. Maybe that is something he will consider in the future.