This innovative book is designed to help educators develop a better understanding of the Common Core through the processes of teacher and student enquiry. It is grounded in the premise that teacher inquiry is a logical mechanism with which teachers and administrators can gain insights into the standards, what they mean for teachers and students, and how the Common Core can be actualized within the reality of teachers' everyday work with students in the classroom. At the same time it advocates that teachers engage students in the process of inquiry in the classroom as a central means of helping them meet the new standards.
Nancy Fichtman Dana is currently Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and has been studying practitioner inquiry for the last twenty years. During this time, she has developed and taught classes on practitioner research for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, coached the practitioner research of numerous educators from various districts across the nation, as well as published nine books and over 50 book chapters and articles in professional journals focused on teacher and principal professional development and practitioner inquiry. Jamey Bolton Burns is currently a District Coordinator for the Lastinger Center for Learning in the College of Education at the University of Florida, Gainesville. In her role of district coordinator, she develops and implements differentiated professional development for teachers, coaches and principals, and facilitates teacher inquiry leaders throughout the district. She works intensively with Title I schools across the district and recently developed a professional learning community of principals and coaches that are systematically studying their implementation of the common core state standards. She has also coordinated an alternative Educator Preparation Institute through the University of Florida where she trained alternatively certified teachers in high need schools. Before working with the Lastinger Center, she was an inclusion teacher in both second and third grades and worked in a reading clinic helping students with dyslexia, ADHD and Autism. Rachel Wolkenhauer currently serves as Teacher in Residence for the Lastinger Center for Learning in the College of Education at the University of Florida, Gainesville. She began her career as a third and fourth grade teacher and became an avid teacher researcher. In her role as Teacher in Residence for the Lastinger Center, she develops and facilitates inquiry-oriented professional development for pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and school administrators. Her work emphasizes practitioner inquiry as a mechanism for teacher leadership and as a pedagogical approach that encourages highly engaged teaching and learning.
List of Figures Foreword by Ann Lieberman Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. The Common Core and Inquiry What is the Common Core? How did the Common Core Develop? Why Is the Common Core Important? How Is the Common Core Different from the Status Quo? What Difference Will the Common Core Make to Teachers and Students? How Can Teachers Learn More About the Common Core and Its Relationship to Their Practice? How Can Teachers Actualize the Common Core in their Daily Approach to Teaching? Where Can I Learn More About the Common Core? 2. Teacher Inquiry: The Basics What is Inquiry? Components of the Inquiry Process Where Can I Learn More About Inquiry? 3. Teacher Inquiry Into the Common Core: The Story of Lareal Finding a Wondering and Developing an Inquiry Plan The Start of Lareal's Inquiry Collaborating with the Reading Coach Continuing the Inquiry Journey Summative Data Analysis and Sharing with Woodson Faculty 4. Student Inquiry: The Basics What is Student Inquiry? What Is the Relationship Between Student Inquiry and the Common Core State Standards? How is Teaching as Inquiry Different from the Status Quo? What Does Teaching as Inquiry Look Like in Practice? What's the General Structure for Student Inquiry? Where Can I Learn More About Student Inquiry? 5. Student Inquiry and the Common Core: The Story of Mary First Things First: Creating a Culture of Inquiry Starting Small: An Inquiry-Based Lesson Expanding Horizons: An Inquiry-Based Unit 6. Making the Common Core Come Alive Through Inquiry: Lessons Learned Lessons About Teacher Inquiry and the Common Core State Standards Lessons About Student Inquiry and the Common Core State Standards The Most Important Lesson References Index