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Professional Development: Using the ELA / Literacy Publishers’ Criteria to Better Understand the Standards

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Grades K–High School

Overview: Using the ELA / Literacy Publishers’ Criteria to Better Understand the Standards is a 1-4 hour module that intends to give teachers and administrators a deeper understanding of the Standards and their implication for instructional resources.

How to Get Started: You are encouraged to complete any or all portions of this module to meet your needs, or the needs of your audience if you are facilitating this module for professional development. Be sure to read the User's Guide first! You can find it below the PowerPoint presentation.

The User's Guide is a detailed guide for you, the self learner and/or facilitator. The guide includes a summary of the contents of the module, followed by suggestions for using the module—whether you have 1 hour or 4 hours. There is a summary of each of the activities and full references/links for all papers, videos, and other web resources.

What's in this Module?

  1. User's Guide
  2. PowerPoint Presentation
  3. Related Documents
  4. Discussion Questions
  5. Tri-State Quality Review Rubric for Lessons and Units
  6. Video Resources
  7. Web Resources

You can download all components of this module by clicking "Download All" on the left. You can also scroll down to learn more about the different approaches to using this professional development, and to preview the components of individual activities.

After completing this module, you are encouraged to engage with the key shifts required by the CCSSM through the iTunes U Courses, created by teachers for teachers.

PowerPoint Presentation

User's Guide: Be Sure To Read This First!

Pre-Reading
  • Read the Publishers' Criteria (either K-2 or 3-12)
If you have 1 hour...
  • Share PowerPoint presentation. There are discussion questions throughout out PowerPoint that can guide brief or extended conversations, as time and structure permit. 
  • Extend conversations around questions embedded within the presentation and/or guide conversations around the Discussion Questions for the Publishers’ Criteria handout.
  • Use remaining module components (web resources, additional videos) throughout the year.
 If you have 2 hours...
  • Share PowerPoint presentation. There are discussion questions throughout out PowerPoint that can guide brief or extended conversations, as time and structure permit.
  • Extend conversations around questions embedded within the presentation and/or guide conversations around the Discussion Questions for the Publishers’ Criteria handout.
  • Review EQuIP Rubric for Lessons and Units. If participants are involved in instruction and planning for grades 3-5, they may separately focus on the Basal Alignment Project.
  • Use remaining module components (web resources, additional videos) throughout the year.

 

 If you have 3 or more hours...
  • Share PowerPoint presentation. There are discussion questions throughout out PowerPoint that can guide brief or extended conversations, as time and structure permit.
  • Extend conversations around questions embedded within the presentation and/or guide conversations around the Discussion Questions for the Publishers’ Criteria handout.
  • Review EQuIP Rubric for Lessons and Units.  If participants are involved in instruction and planning for grades 3-5, they may separately focus on the Basal Alignment Project.
  • Have participants look through current curriculum, teacher- developed materials, and other supporting resources in conjunction with the Tri-State Quality Review Rubric document and Common Core State Standards in ELA / Literacy.
  • Use remaining module components (web resources, additional videos) throughout the year.
 
 All times are suggested and can be expanded to incorporate more discussion as needed. Any portions of this module may be modified, reproduced, and disseminated without prior permission.  

Revised Publishers’ Criteria

Grades K-2

Revised Publishers’ Criteria

Grades 3-12

Discussion Questions

Tri-State Quality Review Rubric for Lessons and Units

EQuIP ELA Rubrics

Grades K-2

EQuIP ELA Rubrics

Grades 3-12

Video Resources

Webinar Discussing Text Complexity

This ASCD webinar features David Liben of Student Achievement Partners discussing different features of text complexity and describing measurement tools that can be used in professional development settings

 

"Understanding Quality: EQuIP" by Achieve

This video features Sue Pimentel, a leading author of the Common Core Standards, facilitating a group of educators who are engaged in evaluating text for complexity.

 

"The Common Core State Standards: Emphesis on Complex Text" by McGraw Hill

This video features Dr. Timothy Shanahan discussing the need for complex text in the classroom. (1:18) 

 

“Literary Non-Fiction in the Classroom: Opening New Worlds for Students” by the Hunt Institute

This video features David Coleman, a leading author of the Common Core Standards, discussing the different genres of text incorporated in the Standards. (2:27)

 

Web Resources

Core Task Project

Started in Reno, Nevada in 2011, the Core Task Project is spreading to other districts who want to directly involve teachers in an immersion experience and peer-to-peer learning. This site features articles, blog posts, and videos centered on Common Core State Standards.

TextProject

This website consists of a variety of resources for teachers, students, and professional development materials centered around text complexity.

Huffington Post Article

This article from the Huffington Post, written by lead authors of the CCSS David Coleman and Susan Pimentel, clarifies the role of fiction and literature in the high school English Language Arts classroom.

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