Be Core Ready Powerful, Effective Steps to Implementing and Achieving the Common Core State Standards

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/4/2012
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Be Core Ready: Powerful, Effective Steps to Implementing and Achieving Common Core State Standardsis a transformational book for teachers, administrative leaders, literacy coaches, ELL specialists, special educators, media specialists, reading teachers, content area teachers, and families. In a teacher-friendly, conversational style, this book, provides a clear understanding of the most compelling topics emerging from the Common Core Standards and introduces the groundbreaking 4 Doors to Core Ready approach to solving the questions of what to teach and how to teach it in this new era. The book addresses curriculum, close reading, text complexity, care for ELL and special needs students, meaningful assessment, and the active and meaningful use of technology and literature to help all students meet and exceed the standards.

Author Biography

Pam Allyn is an authority in the field of literacy education and the world’s expert in home and school literacy connections. As a renowned motivational speaker, expert consultant, author, teacher, and humanitarian advocating for children, she is transforming the way we think about literacy as a tool for communication and knowledge building.


Pam currently serves as the executive director of LitLife, a national literacy development organization providing research-based professional development for K-12 educators. She founded and leads LitWorld, a groundbreaking global literacy initiative which reaches children across the United States and in over 60 countries. Her methods for helping all students achieve success as literacy learners, including the most diverse learners, has brought her acclaim both in the United States and internationally. 


Pam is the author of 11 books for educators and parents including the award-winning What To Read When: The Books and Stories To Read With Your Child-And All The Best Times To Read Them (Penguin Avery), Pam Allyn's Best Books for Boys (Scholastic), and Your Child’s Writing Life: How to Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Skill at Every Age (Penguin Avery). Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah Radio, the Huffington Post, The New York Times and across the blogosphere.

Table of Contents


Note to Readers: Welcome to Core Ready

Introduction:      The Core Student: Dynamic Commitments for a New Century

Chapter 1:   Ensuring College and Career Readiness

Chapter 2:   The 4 Doors to Core Ready: A Fresh Look at the Standards with New Curriculum

Chapter 3:   8 Core Shifts—Paradigm Changes for 21st Century Learning and How to Make Them Happen

Chapter 4:   Action Steps for the Core Ready Classroom and the Core Ready Community

Chapter 5:   The Staircase of Text Complexity: The Bold Reader Navigates a Bold New World

Chapter 6:   Argument and Evidence: The Bold Writer Crafts a Bold New World

Chapter 7:   Technology and New Media: The Bold Scholar Creates a Bold New World

Chapter 8:   Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening: Powerful Lesson Sets to Meet and Exceed Standards
Chapter 9:   Close Reading:  What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Do It

Chapter 10: Empowering ELL Core Learners

Chapter 11: Differentiating With Passion and Purpose for Special Needs Scholars

Chapter 12: Close Reading of Students—Making Assessment Matter

Chapter 13: The Power is in the Core: Reaching for the Stars

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