7 Call for Manuscripts
11 From the Editors by Julie Gorlewski and David Gorlewski
13 High School Matters – Curiouser and Curiouser: A Brief Reflection on Standards by Jocelyn A. Chadwick
THE STANDARDS MOVEMENT: A RECENT HISTORY
17 El in Focus – The Common Core Memorandum of Understanding: What a Story by Mercedes K. Schneider
22 The End of Innovation by Stephen Heller
Exploring questions about the ability for an assessment-driven approach toward education to foster creative, vibrant classrooms.
27 A Call for Subterfuge: Shielding the ELA Classroom from the Restrictive Sway of the Common Core by Chris Gilbert
This author discusses how ELA instructors must practice subterfuge and resist standardization by using Personal Standards.
34 Opportunity Costs of the Common Core in High School ELA by Eamon Cunningham
Strategies for adjusting in-class curriculum to align with the cess, and how to increase fluency with the demands of standardized tests.
41 Rewriting the Common Core State Standards for Tomorrow’s Literacies by Jessica Van Cleave and Sarah Bridges-Rhoads
Authors highlight the push for reading the cess as a living document like any other, open to interpretation and creative implementation.
48 Teacher Perspectives and Classroom Changes during the Standards Movement by Marci Glaus
Restoring a voice to those teachers who do the important work of educating students in classrooms, highlighting the changes taking place during standardization.
54 From English Language Arts Teacher to Literacy Expert: Reimagining Our Role by Amy Lannin, Angela Kohnen, Katie Kline, Nancy Singer, Valerie Stokes, and Amy Knowles
Chronicling work that is focused on content-area writing, as stressed in the CESS, and partnered language arts teachers with career/technical educators.
61 Metaphors, Frames, and Fact (Checks) about the Common Core by Anne Whitney and Patrick Shannon
The interrogation of some metaphors that CESS proponents have used as arguments to characterize cess, and then checks the facts that others have amassed around the issue.
72 Revisiting Dewey in the Age of Common Core: Confessions of an Unwilling Deconstructivist by Anne Peel
Author argues that NCLB has pressured writing teachers to underserve developing writers by replacing inquiry with an emphasis on product.
80 How Have We Been Standardized? Let Me Count the Ways by Susan Arpajian Jolley
Article examines, both personally and historically, the deleterious effects of the decades-old movement toward standardization of both students and teachers.
86 Teaching Equity through Gatsby in the Age of CCSS by Allisyn Mills and Seungho Moon
Authors provide options for teachers who share the need to design curriculum to incorporate more perspectives in the classroom.
93 Coming Full Circle: A Young Teacher’s Journey with the Standards Movement by Monique Cherry-McDaniel
A teacher’s journey from having an unhealthy relationship with the standards to redefining herself as a professional and using the standards to support sound instruction.
99 Enacting Problem-Posing Education through Project-Based Learning by Nadia Behizadeh
Promoting project-based learning in English education as a way to combat the loss of cultural relevancy under the pressures of standardization.
105 The 2013 Honor List: Fiction Filled with Real Information by Don L. F. Nilsen, James Blasingame Jr., and Aileen Pace Nilsen
Can deep reading into fictional worlds provide insight into our real-life experiences? Texts selected for the 2013 Honor List indicate that the answer is resoundingly affirmative.
16 My Kind of Slo(w) by Patricia O’Connor
26 A Problem, Solution Pape by Greg Overman
40 The archaeology of white people by P. L. Thomas
71 The kindness school (beyond the archaeology of white people, pt. 2) by P. L. Thomas
92 Write It! (Like Disaster) by Lynn Doyle
113 Speaking Truth to Power – “Not the Time … to Follow the Line of Least Resistance” by P. L. Thomas
115 Soft(a)ware in the English Classroom – Education Reform and Potemkin Villages: Expanding Conceptions of “Data” by Noah Asher Golden
118 Disabling Assumptions – Differentiating Writing, Reading, and How We Respond to Writing by Patricia A. Dunn
121 Lingua Anglia: Bridging Language and Learners – Vir Bonus Dicendi Peritus: The Art of Oral Argumentation by Tim W. Watson and Pamela J. Hickey
124 Carpe Librum: Seize the (VA) Book – LGBTQ Stories We Need to Hear Now by Laura Renzi