Book of the Week: Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner By Maria G. Dove, Andrea M. Honigsfeld, Audrey F. Cohan

Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner

Beyond Core Expectations: A Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner
By Maria G. Dove, Andrea M. Honigsfeld, Audrey F. Cohan

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Create a schoolwide foundation to ensure academic success for ALL students

This book demonstrates a system-wide approach to support the learning needs of culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse students. The authors deliver a six-point model for developing improved programs, policies, and practices, including:

  • Mapping and aligning an integrated curriculum—making the mainstream curricula accessible for all learners
  • Collaborative planning and assessment—pooling teachers’ intelligence so the whole is greater than the sum of the parts
  • Teaching students explicit learning strategies—empowering students by taking the focus off the teacher and putting it back on learners

Editorial Reviews


"Dove, Honigsfeld, and Cohan recognize the urgent need for practices to change on a schoolwide basis so that diverse learners can be positioned to succeed with the Common Core. Beyond Core Expectations: a Schoolwide Framework for Serving the Not-So-Common Learner outlines inclusive practices so that all students – English learners, students with disabilities, and other marginalized groups – are included in these important conversations. The book’s practical toolkit provides educators with ample opportunities to evaluate and collaborate around ways in which they can provide a more equitable learning environment for their diverse students. I highly recommend this book to those who wish to ensure that all students’ strengths and needs are considered during the implementation of the Common Core."

(Diane Staehr Fenner, President)

"Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner provides a masterfully blend of instructional practices with a deep understanding of the CCSS, and presents them in a way that makes sense to educators on the front lines of implementation. In Beyond Core Expectations, Dove, Honigsfeld, and Cohan work to the next level by presenting a coherent framework for schoolwide instructional inclusiveness. This book is an essential guide for educators with a vision for true college and career readiness for ALL students, driven by sound curriculum, instruction and assessment practices."

(Cheryl H. Champ, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction)

About the Author 
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Maria G. Dove, Ed.D. is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the MS TESOL Program in the Division of Education at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, where she teaches courses to preservice and inservice teachers on the research and best practices for developing effective programs and school policies for English learners. Before entering the field of higher education, she worked over thirty years as an English-as-a second language teacher in public school settings (Grades K-12) and in adult English language programs in Nassau County, New York. 

In 2010, she received the Outstanding ESL Educator Award from New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL). She frequently provides professional development throughout the United States for educators on the teaching of diverse students. She also serves as a mentor for new ESL teachers as well as an instructional coach for general-education teachers and literacy specialists. She has published several articles and book chapters on collaborative teaching practices, instructional leadership, and collaborative coaching. Her best-selling co-authored book, Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners (2010) is published by Corwin Press, and her co-edited book, Coteaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom: Rationale, Research, Reflections, and Recommendations (2012) is published by Information Age Publishing.

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