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Core Component 1: Classroom Instruction

These Web resources provide support for implementing high-quality, evidence-based instructional materials and strategies focused on the Common Core State Standards in Tier 1, or general education, classrooms.

The following Web sites provide resources for boosting standards-based learning for all students through instructional practices with reliable evidence of effectiveness.

Web sites with multiple resources on high-quality classroom instruction:

  1. Achieve the Core External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). GE Foundation.

  2. America Achieves External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides video lessons illustrating the CCSS key shifts, videos of teachers discussing their lessons, editable lesson plans, professional developments on assessing the quality of resources, links to other Web sites. America Achieves.

  3. Best Evidence Encyclopedia External link opens in new window or tab.
    Presents reliable, on-going reviews of research-proven educational programs. Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education. US Department of Education (ED).

  4. California CCSS Professional Learning Modules for Educators External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides several learning modules on implementing California CCSS in mathematics, literacy across content areas, assessment literacy, English Language Development, and MTSS, which may be viewed individually or facilitated as a group professional learning project. (2014) CDE.

  5. California Common Core State Standards
    Provides current information and resources on the California CCSS, including the Common Core Search for locating Web resources, California’s Implementation Plan, pages for teachers, administrators, students/parents, higher education, and community partners. CDE.

  6. Big Deal Media External link opens in new window or tab.
    Identifies free print and electronic publications, information and tools that K-12 educators need for meeting the needs of all students—vetted through the prism of the curriculum. (2014)  Optional product sales.

  7. California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Identifies and reviews supplemental electronic learning resources such as software, video, and Internet resources. Identifies learning units aligned to resources and the CCSS. California Department of Education (CDE).

  8. The California Subject Matter Projects External link opens in new window or tab.
    Support on-going quality professional educator development, including instructional strategies that emphasize the CCSS, and technology-infused 21st Century skills of collaboration, creativity, and communication.  Subjects include California standards-based subjects of Arts, History-Social Science, Mathematics, Reading & Literature, Science, and Writing. University of California Office of the President.

  9. CC.BetterLesson External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides thousands of reviewed grade three through twelve Common Core-aligned lessons created by classroom teachers in the Master Teacher Project. (2011) Better Lesson, National Education Association.

  10. Doing What Works (DWW) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides research results on instructional materials that can be accessed through WestEd’s “app box.” Topics include reading, writing, mathematics, science, behavior, professional learning, RtI,and dropout prevention. WestEd.

  11. EduCore External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides access to searchable evidence-based tools and resources to help middle and high school educators implement the CCSS. ASCD.

  12. Edutopia Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides lessons, and access to blogs, Web sites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the CCSS and other standards-based subjects. George Lucas Foundation.

  13. edWeb.net External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides a professional social network for the education community to deliver support on latest instructional strategies through online discussions, recorded webinars and resources. MCH Strategic Data and edWeb.

  14. Hattie Ranking: Influences And Effect Sizes Related To Student Achievement External link opens in new window or tab.
    Presents a list of some of the most and least successful influences on student learning, based on Professor Hattie’s 15 year meta-study of over 800 interventions with a links to background information. (2009). Visible Learning.

  15. Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides a collection of exemplary tasks, tools, videos, and modules in English language arts, history/social studies, and science & technical subjects, validated by Stanford’s Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

  16. PBS Learning Media External link opens in new window or tab.
    Contains over 34,000 digital resources designed and aligned to Common Core and national standards, delivering research-based, media-rich experiences that engage students, for pre-kindergarten through grade twelve in multiple subject areas. (2014)  PBS & WGBH Educational Foundation.

  17. ReadWriteThink  External link opens in new window or tab.    
    Provides access to reviewed practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction. International Reading Association, National Council on Teachers of English.

  18. Teaching Channel Videos of Exemplary Teaching External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides videos of lessons selected by committee on a variety of relevant topics, such as CCSS. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

  19. What Works Clearinghouse External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides educators with information about the quality of findings from research studies on educational programs, products, practices and policies to help them make evidence-based decisions.  Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Web sites with targeted resources on high-quality classroom instruction:

  1. Adolescent Literacy External link opens in new window or tab.
    Offers extensive resources for those who work with adolescent readers. International Reading Association.

  2. AdLit.org External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides adolescent literature resources for parents and educators of kids in grades four to grades twelve, such as classroom strategies, college readiness, research and reports, book and author talks, multimedia presentations. WETA Public Television, The Carnegie Corporation, Friedman Family Foundation.

  3. Art & Science of Teaching / What Teachers Gain from Deliberate Practice External link opens in new window or tab.
    Offers guidance on creating classroom environments that provide opportunities for mastery learning and other deliberate instructional practices that have been found to be related to significant increases in student engagement and to overcoming barriers to learning. Marzano, R. (2011) Educational Leadership. ASCD.

  4. CaCCSS-M Resources Home External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides teaching resources for California's version of the CCSS Mathematics, on the topics of: K-2, Number Sense and Place Value, Fractions from a Number Line Approach, Model with Mathematics, Transformational Geometry, High School Mathematical Modeling, and Statistics. (2011)  California Mathematics Project.

  5. College and Career Development Organizer External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    Provides data for determining both college and career readiness  (CCR) screening indicators and program evaluation indicators, which are essential for determining the extent to which students are on-track for achieving CCR and how effective a school’s current programming is for ensuring CCR for all students. (2012) National High School Center.

  6. Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides links to resources for implementing ILPs for students with and without disabilities to plan what courses to take and what activities to participate in during high school to increase their engagement and achieve their goals. (2013) National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, Institute for Educational Leadership.

  7. Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade External link opens in new window or tab.
    Recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to successfully improve reading comprehension for young readers. What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Institute of Educational Sciences.

  8. Inside Mathematics External link opens in new window or tab.  
    Features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site.

  9. Khan Academy External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides an extensive number of California standards-aligned math problems and courses created and reviewed by math educators, along with support for teachers and parents, data tracking, and rewards for students. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

  10. National Center on Universal Design for Learning External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides multiple examples and resources that help educators build UDL understanding, implementation skills, and leadership abilities.

  11. Reading in the disciplines: The challenges of adolescent literacy External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
    Provides current research underlying effective secondary literacy strategies and examples of those strategies. New York, NY:Carnegie Corporation. (2010, 20 pages).

  12. Reciprocal Teaching External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides instructions and resources to support implementation of this strategy, where teachers model, then help students learn to guide group discussions using four strategies: summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting. Reading Rockets, Colorin Colorado.

  13. Sophia Pathways External link opens in new window or tab.  
    Offers over 500 sequenced concepts aligned with CCSS in math, English, and science that feature formative assessments at the concept level, allowing teachers to gauge each student’s understanding of a concept before advancing to the next one. Capella University, 2014.

  14. Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides four recommendations for improving elementary students’ writing, which include implementation steps, solutions for common roadblocks, and videos by WestEd. WWC and Mathematica Policy Research.

  15. Text Sets External link opens in new window or tab.
    Provides lesson planning resources for creating collections of sources that support a common theme, issue or topic that include a variety of genres, text types, levels and formats. MILNE Library, State University of New York at Genesco.
Questions: Phyllis Hallam | phallam@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-4630 
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