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Capstone Professional Releases New Common Core Resources for Educators

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – April 2, 2014 – Capstone Professional, publisher of professional development resources and services for preK-12 educators, has launched several professional development offerings to support teachers and administrators in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. These new resources, under its Maupin House imprint, support standards-aligned instruction to promote student learning and college and career readiness. Teachers in kindergarten through high school will find strategies based on best practices, with practical, easy-to-implement tools that are Common Core-aligned. 

“Our authors are passionate about today’s topics in education. As teachers, professors, and consultants themselves, they are on the cutting edge of current trends and sound pedagogy and are experienced in fulfilling the requirements of the Common Core Standards. Teachers will benefit from the strategies, tools, and insights behind these books, while they put the practical tips to work in their classrooms,” said Karen Soll, Capstone Professional Acquisitions Editor.  

Among the new offerings include:
   • Reading to the Core: Learning to Read Closely, Critically, and Generatively to Meet Performance Tasks by Elaine Weber, Cynthia Schofield, and Gerri Newnum
ISBN 978-1-62521-522-2 (paper); 978-1-62521-523-9 (eBook)
Two authors of the best-selling Guided Highlighted Reading come together again to deliver strategies on close and critical reading of texts. Tools, assessments, progress monitoring charts, and rubrics are included to strengthen the teaching and use of strategies.

   • Kindergarten and the Common Core: It's as Easy as ABC! by Kathy Brown and Sarah Martino
ISBN 978-1-62521-506-2 (paper); 978-1-62521-507-9 (eBook)
This resource presents the tools to create a magical kindergarten environment with both rigor and enthusiasm. Practical routines and developmentally appropriate activities in the book help young learners thrive in mastering core kindergarten content along with the Common Core Standards.

   • Writing Strategies for the Common Core: Integrating Reading Comprehension into the Writing Process, Grades 6-8 by Hillary Wolfe
ISBN 978-1-62521-524-6 (paper); 978-1-62521-525-3 (eBook)
Middle school students must be able to write explanatory/informational, argumentative, and narrative text types. They also need to be able to respond to literature, both for standardized tests and real-world writing. This resource includes teaching strategies and mini-lessons on the text types required by Common Core.

   • Linking K-2 Literacy and the Common Core: Mini Lessons that Work! by Connie Dierking
ISBN 978-1-62521-508-6 (paper); 978-1-62521-509-3 (eBook)
This updated resource now connects to the Common Core, providing skills and strategies to help students become more proficient writers, readers, speakers, and listeners.

   • Nonfiction Writing Strategies Using Content-Area Mentor Texts by Marcia Freeman
ISBN 978-1-62521-512-3 (paper); 978-1-62521-513-0 (eBook)
Marcia Freeman helps teachers enhance the quality and effectiveness of instruction in the content areas and in writing. Freeman explains how to integrate content in both social studies and science with the strategies of writing that are so important for students to master as they craft nonfiction.

   • Inquire, Investigate, Integrate! Making Connections to the K-2 Science Standards and the Common Core by Kaye Hagler
ISBN 978-1-62521-516-1 (paper); 978-1-62521-517-8 (eBook)
Thematic units touch on core content in science with a common thread of literacy throughout. The integrated units not only engage students in content, but also include reading and writing activities to connect content to literacy. Connections to Common Core and the NEXT Generation Science Standards round out this resource.

   • Engage Striving Students in the Common Core Classroom by Jane Feber
ISBN 978-1-62521-510-9 (paper); 978-1-62521-511-6 (eBook)
Jane Feber shows teachers how to make reading intervention engaging and effective for striving adolescent students. The book’s activities are focused on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, all aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Capstone Professional will launch another Common Core professional title at the International Reading Association conference in May: The New Balanced Literacy School: Implementing Common Core by literacy educators Margaret Mary Policastro and Becky McTague. The book provides school-wide support on encouraging a love of reading through a new balanced literacy model that aligns with Common Core.

In addition to publishing books, Capstone Professional also offers professional development services through onsite and online training, webinars, and customized packaging of student materials with professional support for school districts.


About Capstone Professional
Capstone Professional publishes educational resources under the imprint of Maupin House. Their 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. Submissions for products that speak to the needs of educators today are always accepted. For more information, visit or