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Complete Collection of PD Modules and Courses

What this is: Professional development modules ready to use in individual and group settings. Each module includes facilitator's instructions, presentations, video segments, and hands-on activities. 

Why it matters: Teaching in a way that is effectively aligned with the Common Core takes practice, effort, and patience. Teachers, and those responsible for supporting teachers, can accelerate this process through effective professional development. The tools here are flexible and can be used in group settings or for individual study. 


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Professional Development: Why the Common Core? How these Standards are Different

The Why the Common Core? How These Standards Are Different Module is a 1–1.5 hour module designed to provide you with the background information necessary to understand how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) play a role in improving education.

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Professional Development: Instructional Leadership and the Common Core

The Instructional Leadership and the Common Core State Standards Module is a 1.5 hour module designed to guide you, the school-level instructional leader, in beginning the work of understanding and implementing the Common Core.

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ELA / Literacy Professional Development

Professional Development: Introduction to the ELA / Literacy Shifts

The Introduction to the ELA / Literacy Shifts Module is a 1–2 hour module that provides you with an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for ELA / Literacy.

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Professional Development: Introduction to Literacy Shifts in Content Areas

The Introduction to Literacy Shifts in Content Areas Module is a 1-4 hour module that provides you with an introduction to the key shifts required by the CCSS for Literacy in the content areas: history / social studies, science, and technical subjects.

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Professional Development: Understanding Text-Dependent Questions

Understanding Text-Dependent Questions is a 1-4 hour module designed to promote understanding of how text-dependent questions support the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy

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

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.

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Math Professional Development

Professional Development: Introduction to the Math Shifts

The Introduction to the Math Shifts Module is a 1–4 hour module that provides you with an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).

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Professional Development: Deep Dive into the Math Shifts

The Deep Dive into the Math Shifts Module is a 1–3 hour module for those who are already familiar with the shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).

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Professional Development: Introduction to the Publishers' Criteria for Mathematics

The Introduction to the Publishers' Criteria for Mathematics Module is a 1.5 hour module designed to support learning about the instructional Shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and how the Shifts are reflected in aligned instructional materials.

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iTunes U Courses

iTunes U Courses, Created by Teachers for Teachers

CCSS for Teachers: The Shifts, is a collection of iTunes U courses designed by classroom teachers in partnership with the CCSSO, that explain the Shifts in ELA / Literacy and mathematics required by the Common Core.

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