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Mathematics, the Common Core, and RTI

Mathematics, the Common Core, and RTI
An Integrated Approach to Teaching in Today's Classrooms

First Edition

November 2013 | 208 pages | Corwin

Don’t let the revolution in math education pass your teachers by!

By now, most teachers have a shelf full of books, articles, and reports on the Common Core and RTI. But where’s the resource that addresses how the two fit together? Individually, the Common Core and RTI are formidable enough. Together, they create a “perfect storm” of challenges, with most teachers left wondering where to turn first.

Finally, here’s a guide that distills the central elements of the Common Core and RTI into a single, manageable resource that provides strategies for serving all students. You will find:

• Real-world scenarios based on actual school-based issues
• Multiple classroom-ready work samples
• Content-area applications of RTI, including math vocabulary and literacy
• A focus on instructional technology, with references to online resources in every chapter
• Preparation for future developments in state and national educational policy

With additional guidance on students with special needs, behavioral issues, English language learners, and parent involvement, this all-in-one resource gives your teachers a distinct advantage in providing the superior math instruction all students deserve.

"Burton and Kappenberg have done a great service to teachers by combining Common Core and RTI into one easy-to-use text."
—Deb Bible, RTI Interventionist
Dundee Highlands School, West Dundee, IL

“Anyone involved in the development of mathematic teachers and who is currently a mathematics teacher will find this book to be a resource to effectively unify instructional strategies to teach all students.”
—Satasha Green, Dean of Education
New York Institute of Technology

About the Authors
About the Contributors
Chapter 1. Introduction to Mathematics, the Common Core, and RTI
Chapter 2. Marching Together to Academic Success
Chapter 3. Universal Design and Mathematics: A Framework for RTI and Implementing the Common Core
Chapter 4. Progress Monitoring: Avoiding a Blind Date With Data by John Kappenberg and Harold J. Dean
Chapter 5. Connecting Mathematics and Literacy: If a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, How Many Words Is an Equation Worth? by Dolores Burton and Charlotte Rosenzweig
Chapter 6. English Language Learners by Dolores Burton and Andrea Honigsfeld
Chapter 7. Teaching Mathematics in an Inclusion Classroom Guided by the Common Core
Chapter 8. The Role of Parents Helping Students to Achieve by John Kappenberg and Helene Fallon
The Future of the Common Core and RTI

“As our nation’s schools move towards more accountability, stakes are high for our K-12 students. For the first time, this book brings together three important complex educational issues and initiatives in U.S. public schools: low-performance of American students on assessments in mathematics, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI). Mathematics teachers are calling for effective strategies to combine CCSS and RTI as a single, unified program that they can use in their classrooms to support students’ achievement in mathematics. Burton and Kappenberg outline an alternative route for teachers that help to integrate the multiple new requirements into a single comprehensible process. Anyone involved in the development of mathematic teachers and who is currently a mathematics teacher will find this book to be a resource to effectively unify instructional strategies to teach all students.”

Satasha Green, Dean of Education
New York Institute of Technology

"Burton and Kappenberg provide a rare common-sense approach to de-mystifying and getting a realistic grip on critical topics in today’s classrooms.  Their straightforward explanations provide the specific support and balanced approach so many teachers, and parents, are looking for in this new age of national Common Core Standards for Mathematics.  With students always the main focus of their work, teachers and parents are supported with proven strategies for school success and sanity."

Judith A. Ross, Educational Consultant/ Teacher Liaison
Dartmouth College GK-12 Program, Hanover, NH

"Burton and Kappenberg have done a great service to teachers by combining Common Core and RTI into one easy-to-use text."

Deb Bible, RTI Interventionist
Dundee Highlands School, West Dundee, IL

" Imagine a resource that integrates the complexity of today's leading-edge national, state, and professional initiatives to improve K-12 mathematics instruction into a comprehensive unified crosswalk. This is what Burton and Kappenberg accomplish in Mathematics, the Common Core, and RTI.

This book, equally appropriate for pre-service and professionally developing teachers, is a must-have for those who desire insight and practical examples for teaching mathematics aligned with the multiple expectations, mandates, and best research practices of the CCSS in Mathematics and RTI. 

The text describes the basic elements of the current CCSS and RTI initiatives in sufficient detail for the novice, but moves to another level by providing rich examples for aligning curriculum and teaching strategies. As an example, in Chapter 5, the authors connect mathematics and literacy to align the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) communication standard, CCSS interdisciplinary expectations, and RTI tiered requirements.

In addition to assessment, planning, and teaching strategies, Burton and Kappenberg include a significant quantity of mathematical content in the case study examples and clinical models described throughout the chapters. This format provides an opportunity for teacher education candidates to evaluate their mathematical abilities and update their skills as they learn to design mathematical instruction.

The text provides novice and experienced teachers a plethora of material for developing strong mathematical programs and includes a significant number of additional recommended resources in each chapter. If you are looking for a current, state-state-of-the-art mathematics textbook, look no further. This is it!"

Patricia Smith, Chair, Education Division
Five Towns College, Dix Hills, NY

"This is a great guide for all educators at every level of their career. The strategies and explicit instruction can be used in the classroom tomorrow. I am already processing how RTI and the Common Core State Standards intertwine and reflecting on the implications for my teaching and for the successful learning by my students. Especially helpful are the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, the big ideas/objectives the extensive resources and strategies for further exploration and learning, and the case studies and vignettes that provide relevancy to the classroom and situations teachers encounter every day."

Barb Crandall, 3rd Grade Teacher
Anchorage School District and President Elect, Alaska Council of Teachers of Mathematics

It is too specific. RTI is only one of many topics included in this course.

Dr Mary Cameron
Teacher Education Division, The University Of Findlay
March 24, 2014

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