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A Culturally Proficient Response to the Common Core: Ensuring Equity Through Professional Learning

By Karen Kearney, Delores B. Lindsey, Delia Estrada, Raymond D. Terrell, Randall B. Lindsey

Forward by Gail L. Thompson

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Any implementation of the Common Core State Standards must promote equity, access, and inclusion, and close achievement gaps.

This book, cowritten by Karen Kearney, shows how central Common Core tenets — rigor, meaningful curricula and assessment, and higher-order thinking — can become educational realities for every learner.

This resource is designed to help educators:

  • Understand how underlying beliefs related to historically underserved students might create roadblocks to effective instruction
  • Create a school culture where diversity is valued, including developing relevant professional learning
  • Compile and analyze data that enable faculty to better reach students from all backgrounds
  • Advance the goal of college and career readiness for all learners

With a compelling call to action and practical strategies, this book points the way to a Common Core implementation that benefits every student.

Resource Details

Product Information

ISBN: 978-1-4833-1910-0
Copyright: 2015
Format: Trade Paper
Pages: 240
Publisher: Corwin

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Praise for this Resource

  • The authors have ensured that the use of cultural proficiency by educators provides the Common Core State Standards with the ‘step towards the place where equity and access are realized for all learners.’ Equity and access, two of the pillars of equity in education, are essential if meeting individual student needs are truly to occur.

    Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno, Associate Professor, Kremen School of Education, Fresno State, CA
  • This resource gives not only theory and rationale for this important change in thinking, but also the guided steps to collaborate and reflect as part of the change process.

    Dr. Carol Van Vooren, Assistant Professor, California State University, San Marcos, CA