Capstone Professional, publisher of professional development resources and services for preK-12 educators, announces the publication of Kindergarten and the Common Core: It’s as Easy as ABC! by Kathy Brown and Sarah Martino. This professional resource provides practical routines and developmentally appropriate activities that foster an environment where even the youngest learners can thrive in mastering core kindergarten content along with the Common Core State Standards. The routines and activities in this book have been thoroughly classroom-tested and aligned with best practices.
In Kindergarten and the Common Core: It’s as Easy as ABC! readers will find the tools to create a magical kindergarten environment with both rigor and enthusiasm. Brown and Martino explain how to empower young learners with confidence from the moment they enter school. Carefully constructed resources show teachers how to conduct authentic assessments and how to connect school with home.
Brown is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Literacy: Reading – Language Arts and has been a kindergarten teacher for 25 years. She’s been nominated for the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Award from WGN and Disney’s American Teacher Award.
Martino has been a kindergarten and intervention teacher for 13 years as well as a conference presenter and speaker for PreK and Kindergarten conferences. She’s been nominated for the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching Award from WGN.
“Writing this book has been such an amazing experience as it has been a catalyst for reflection. Painting a picture for others about how to create a magical common core focused learning community has caused us to grow as educators, collaborators and friends. We are so thankful for the opportunity to make an impact in education beyond our individual classroom doors and hope to inspire kindergarten teachers everywhere!”
Kathy Brown and Sarah Martino, Authors
“Kathy Brown and Sarah Martino have been longstanding popular presenters at our IL ASCD Pre-K and Kindergarten Conferences. They are a dynamic duo that always inspires enthusiasm! I am so glad they have developed this practical resource so that kindergarten teachers everywhere can now benefit from their engaging and common sense ‘Common Core’ approaches.”
D. William Dodds, Ed.D., Executive Director, Illinois ASCD
“Packed between the covers of this volume is a true love of children and of learning, a deep understanding of content and standards—and the wisdom it takes to pull it all together. Kathy and Sarah have a knack for making kindergarten both rigorous and magical. They create an atmosphere where children feel comfortable taking the risks that help them grow as readers, writers, and thinkers. They help parents understand what their children are capable of doing in kindergarten, and they tie it back to standards. Their love of their job touches every listener who hears them speak, each parent who is lucky enough to have a child in their class, and each child who walks through their doors and leaves at the end of the year brimming with enthusiasm and confidence.”
Lynnette Brent, Educational Consultant
About Capstone Professional
Capstone Professional publishes educational resources under the imprint of Maupin House. Our materials support K-12 educators as they create 21st century classrooms and respond to the demands of state and national standards, such as the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and the Next Generation Science Standards. Capstone Professional focuses on topics such as reading comprehension, close reading, writing in the content areas, teaching with graphics in the classroom, and creating safe school environments. Capstone Professional authors are educators and consultants, teachers and experts in their fields.
A tenet for Capstone Professional is to support teachers, administrators, content-area specialists, students, and parents in becoming engaged in content and excited about learning. Professional development offerings by Capstone Professional range from webinars and workshops to conference speakers and author visits.