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The transition between the current standards and the new Common Core Standards–which must be in place by 2014—is proving enormously challenging for teachers, principals, administrators and others in charge of the implementation. The book that we recommend this month offers practical strategies to effectively implement English Language Arts standards.

Be Core Ready: Powerful, Effective Steps to Implementing and Achieving the Common Core State Standards, by Pam Allyn, provides a dynamic road map for literacy education in the era of the Common Core Standards. It zeroes in on practical strategies for implementing new ideas to help transform all types of learners into scholars who are truly college and career ready.  The author is a literacy expert at the forefront of her field and provides readers with a critical analysis of the standards, as well as effective solutions for organizing the standards into curricula for reading, writing, speaking and listening.  (Published by Pearson, Inc., 2013, as part of The Core Ready Series.)