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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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Understanding the Shifts

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: 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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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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The Shifts and Instructional Materials

Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool Professional Development

There are many steps involved with conducting a materials evaluation review.  These modules support building knowledge of the IMET, planning a review, preparing a review team, and in-depth professional development for the review team using the IMET.

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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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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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Creating CCSS-Aligned Materials

Text Set Project Professional Development

This professional development module focuses on the Text Set Project:  Designing and Integrating Expert Packs. Text sets support all learners, especially those with background knowledge or vocabulary deficits, by building up these domains through a volume of reading. 

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Read Aloud Project Professional Development

Use these professional development resources to train a group of educators to develop their own Common Core-Aligned Lessons for grades K-2.

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Basal Alignment Project Professional Development

Use these professional development resources to train a group of educators to develop their own Common Core-Aligned Lessons for Basal readers.

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Anthology Alignment Project Professional Development

Use these professional development resources to train a group of educators to develop their own Common Core-Aligned Lessons for Anthologies.

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The Shifts and Instructional Practice

ELA/Literacy Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool Professional Development

The Introduction to the Instructional Practice Guide for ELA / Literacy Module focuses on the Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool as a resource for observation and reflection. 

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Mathematics Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool Professional Development

The Introduction to the Instructional Practice Guide for Mathematics Module focuses on the Instructional Practice Guide: Coaching Tool as a resource for observation and reflection. 

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