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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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Why the Common Core? How these Standards are Different

This 1-1.5 hour module provides background information necessary to understanding how the Common Core State Standards play a role in improving education. It answers the question: How are these standards different than the latest versions of any individual state’s standards? The module concludes with an overview of the major math and ELA / Literacy shifts required by the Common Core.

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Instructional Leadership and the Common Core

This 1.5 hour module is designed to guide school-level instructional leaders in beginning the work of understanding and implementing the Common Core. 

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ELA / Literacy Professional Development

Introduction to ELA / Literacy Shifts

This 1-2 hour module provides participants with an introduction to the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for ELA / Literacy.

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Introduction to Literacy Shifts in Content Areas

This 1-2 hour module provides 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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Understanding Text-Dependent Questions

This 1-4 hour PD module promotes understanding of how text-dependent questions support the ELA / Literacy shifts.

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

Through close examination of the Publishers’ Criteria in ELA / Literacy for Grades 3-12, this 1-2 hour module intends to give teachers and administrators a deeper understanding of the Standards and their implication for instructional resources.  This information will help educators judge classroom materials and reflect on the appropriate use of existing resources and strategies.

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Math Professional Development

Introduction to the Math Shifts

This module provides participants with an introduction to the key shifts required by the CCSS for Math. Depending on the activities selected, this module could support up to four hours of Math PD.

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Deep Dive into the Math Shifts

This module fosters a careful understanding of the math Shifts. Participants take a deep dive into the major work of grades K-8, build a deeper understanding of the coherence of the Standards, and work through sample problems that reflect the "rigor" expected by the Standards.

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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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