Dr. Robert J. Manley with his colleague Dr. Richard J. Hawkins, recently published a groundbreaking book


The picture above shows Dr. Elana Zolfo (middle), Interim President, with Dr. Manley on the right and Dr. Hawkins on the left at the Book Signing in the Ballroom of Fortunoff Hall, March 5, 2013.

Dr. Robert J. Manley, Dowling Professor of Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology, with his colleague Dr. Richard J. Hawkins, recently published a groundbreaking book, Making the Common Core Standards Work:  Using Professional Development to Build World-Class Schools (Sage, 2013).  On March 5, Dowling hosted a book signing for the authors.

Essential reading for school leaders!

With the Common Core State Standards adopted by the vast majority of U.S. states, educators face the challenge of translating the standards into successful, positive change within schools. Written for school leaders, this practical guide offers a blueprint for implementing and exceeding the new standards using very targeted professional development.

Readers will find realistic strategies supported by examples from a diverse range of schools. Topics include

  • Empowering teachers and staff as partners in planning for and implementing the new standards
  • Adapting existing curriculum to meet goals for mathematics and language arts at each grade level
  • Designing assessments that measure mastery of the standards
  • Ensuring that the standards benefit learning for all students, including multicultural learners

Lead your school or district in fulfilling the promise of the Common Core State Standards and preparing students for a competitive global economy.

“This book looks at the implementation of CCSS within the context of all of the components that face public schools, and, in doing so, puts the CCSS in a proper perspective. This is a book that could actually help make a difference in the improvement of instruction in the public schools.”
—Martin J. Hudacs, Superintendent
Solanco School District, Quarryville, PA

“Making the Common Core Standards Work provides a detailed approach to systems thinking and how to manage a real-life paradigm shift.”
—William Richard Hall, Jr., Principal
R. C. Longan Elementary School, Henrico, VA



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