Area of Focus
Common Core
Publications and Products

Common Core Special Edition Instruction for All StudentsInstruction for All Students Common Core Special Edition

This text, recently updated to provide information about implementing the Common Core and make explicit connections between the research-based strategies in the book with the requirements of the Common Core, provides resources for actively engaging students and multiple approaches to lesson and unit design. It also includes information on technology integration, formative assessment, 21st century thinking skills that promote rigor and relevance, and formats for job-embedded learning. Tools and templates are available online. Learn more.


commoncorecomboCommon Core Combo

The most recent printing of Instruction for All Students features Heather Clayton’s Common Core Mind Shifts introduced in our new e-newsletter Making the Common Core Come Alive! and explicitly links research-based strategies to the higher learning standards and thinking skills required by the Common Core.

We are offering this newly updated book paired with Creating a Culture for Learning: Your Guide to PLCs and More, our essential text for the collaborative learning teachers need to implement the Common Core, for $50.00. That is more than 25% off the published retail cost of the two books ($69.90). Learn more.

Active LearningActive Learning and Engagement Strategies

This 2012 Top 100 District Administration Reader’s Choice award-winning book from Just ASK helps teachers move students toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards and demonstrate their own skillfulness with the teacher performance criteria that focus on student engagement. It features over 60 ways to ensure that students are interacting with the concepts, processes, and information in the Common Core State Standards in ways that promote rigor, relevance, and retention. Tools and templates for this text are available online. Learn more.


Creating a Culture for LearningCreating a Culture for Learning: Your Guide to PLCs and More

Paula Rutherford and several Just ASK consultants pooled their experience and expertise to write Creating a Culture for Learning: Your Guide to PLCs and More. Just ASK consultants contributing to the book include Theresa West, a highly successful principal who turned around two schools within a five-year period, Sherri Stephens-Carter, a former executive director of assessment and evaluation, Julie McVicker who has experience directing Title I programs and supervising underperforming schools, Bruce Oliver, a sixteen-year middle school principal and author of the e-newsletter Just for the ASKing!, Brenda Kaylor, a highly acclaimed professional developer and change agent, and Heather Clayton, author of the Just ASK e-newsletter Making the Standards Alive! and current principal of a high performing elementary school.

This book is based on the belief that all schools must create cultures that promote professional growth in order to succeed in their commitment to the achievement of high standards by all students. It includes self-assessments, reviews of the literature, numerous practitioner examples, and tools and templates to answer these questions:

  • What are the characteristics of cultures for learning?
  • What structures promote and support cultures for learning?
  • What knowledge, skills, and attitudes are needed to create, implement, and maintain cultures for learning?
  • How can schools best use data to inform practice?
  • What is best practice in teaching, learning, and leading in such a school?

Tools and templates for this text are available online. Learn more.