Foreword by: Nell K. Duke
Publication Date: May 22, 2015
This one-of-a-kind resource will be invaluable to every teacher educator, every curriculum director, and every literacy coach, whether or not they must meet Common Core Standards. Bringing together perspectives from literacy luminaries, each addressing their specialty, this book offers an accessible fund of rich practices in literacy instruction. The book serves two purposes: First, it assembles a body of knowledge and wisdom from leading literacy researchers who each draw from a long career in the field to address topics of central importance to good literacy instruction. Second, these research-to-practice leaders connect established best practices and foundational research to the current challenge of instruction to meet Common Core Standards and other rigorous curriculum guidelines. The contributors point out strengths of the Common Core as well as issues and oversights of which educators should be aware. Closing chapters situate the Common Core within a continuum of educational policy and legislation.
P. David Pearson is a professor and former dean at the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Elfrieda H. Hiebert is president and CEO of TextProject, Inc. and a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
"This book goes way beyond generalities and polemics about the Common Core, taking a deep and measured dive into a wide range of essential topics within the Standards. I read a lot, and I can't think of the last time I read anything about the CCSS as engaging and thought provoking as this."
— From the Foreword by Nell K. Duke, University of Michigan
"Pearson and Hiebert have long advocated for children in schools, and this volume is no exception. They and their chapter authors situate the CCSS within the historical and policy context in which it was written and support the literacy education community as we wrestle with the implications the Standards have for research, for teachers, for teaching, and for learning."
—Sharon Walpole, University of Delaware