Sensible Mathematics A Guide for School Leaders in the Era of Common Core State Standards

ISBN-10: 0325043825
ISBN-13: 9780325043821
Edition: 2nd 2012
Authors: Steven Leinwand
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 3/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

"The fact that, for the first time, the U.S. has what is essentially a national curriculum, equivalent in quality to what is found in the highest scoring countries in the world, means that the focus of leadership can finally shift from arguing about what math to teach, to how best to teach the agreed upon content to all students."--Steven LeinwandProviding effective leadership for school mathematics programs is particularly challenging in an era of both ambitious Common Core State Standards and unprecedented pressure to raise mathematics achievement. In this updated edition of the bestselling Sensible Mathematics, Steve Leinwand provides principals, teacher leaders, math coaches and administrators with specific guidance on how to make the necessary shifts in curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development to meet and exceed the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. Even more important, he shows us why these changes are so urgently needed if we truly are to prepare students to become mathematical thinkers in a 21stcentury world.Making these critical shifts requires strong, clear, and effective leadership. Sensible Mathematicsserves as a guiding light through the sea of change and provides a broad array of practical strategies for implementing the standards, as well as how-to game plans for overcoming obstacles and challenges. Other topics of discussion include:Making the case for change: strategies, ammunition, and compelling examples10 characteristics of sensible, sense-making mathematicsMath Coaches: how to recruit the best and support their effortsIntervention: providing effective support servicesTechnology and instruction: providing access for teachers and students15 key components of a high performance mathematics programSuccess stories: school leaders who made a differenceSensible Mathematicsis a call-to-arms for positive, realistic change that empowers teachers and prepares students for our changing world. Make a difference-move your school mathematics program into the 21stcentury.

Steve Leinwand is the author of the bestselling Heinemann title Accessible Mathematics: Ten Instructional Shifts That Raise Student Achievement. He is Principal Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., where he supports a range of mathematics education initiatives and research. Steve served as Mathematics Supervisor in the Connecticut Department of Education for twenty-two years and is a former president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.

Introduction
Change Requires Leadership
The Math Leader's Domains of Responsibility
Making the Case for Change: Strategies and Compelling Examples
Responding to These Changes: What to Expect and Advocate
Building Sensible, Sense-Making Mathematics: What to Encourage and Implement
Pulling It All Together: Glimpses of What We Should See
Recognizing and Overcoming Obstacles: Insights and Practical Strategies
Changing the System: Assuring Quality of Program Components
Conclusion: Critical Lessons Learned Along the Way
Appendices
It's Time to Abandon Computational Drudgery (But Not the Computation)
Moving Mathematics Out of Mediocrity
Four Teacher-Friendly Postulates for Thriving in a Sea of Change
What the World Needs Now: Math TLCs
Changing the System
Making Math Commonplace and Real for Our Children
Giving Students the Benefit of the Doubt
Characteristics of Excellence

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