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On August 2, 2010, the California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and directed the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a plan for implementing the CCSS among the state’s 300,140 teachers, 10,296 public schools and 1,043 school districts. In April 2013, the CDE released its Common Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California. In part this plan reads:
“California’s adoption of the CCSS demonstrates its commitment to providing a world-class education to all of its students. California’s implementations of the CCSS renews its vision that all students graduating from our public school system be life-long learners and have the skills and knowledge necessary to be ready to assume their position in the 21st century global economy. California is not only fully committed to the complete and successful implementation of the CCSS; it is fully engaged in that process. Across all branches of the CDE, within county offices of education, at every level of local education agency administrations, and in classrooms across the state, stakeholders are examining their education programs and preparing for full implementation of the CCSS. There is much work to be done. Although California's 1997 academic content standards and the CCSS for English-language arts and mathematics share many similarities in content and design, there are a number of notable differences between the two sets of standards. For example, since students are often required to write, research, and analyze non-literary texts in college and the workplace, the CCSS place an emphasis on developing literacy in history, science, and technical subjects. The CCSS also focus on applying mathematical ways of thinking to real world challenges, helping students develop a depth of understanding and ability to apply mathematics to novel situations.”
--Common Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California. Sacramento: California Department of Education, April 2013
Many current educators have to shift their instructional practices to match new requirements. Schools and districts are asked to provide support for educators to make these necessary shifts. Online professional learning is an efficient and cost-effective means of providing large-scale training in a short time frame.
The CDE is responsible for establishing an Online Professional Learning Support Network that can assist California educators as they develop additional expertise relative to the CCSS.
The Vision of the Online Network
The Online PL Support Network provides districts with access to a variety of high quality, standards-aligned, online professional learning structures from which they may select the ones which best meet their own local needs. The CCSS will take center stage to describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade from kindergarten through high school.
The Online PL Support Network content engages teachers in high quality professional learning activities either by themselves or by collaborating with their peers.
The Online PL Support Network content provides educators broad accessible high quality professional learning opportunities to create a personal career path, leading to leadership positions as subject-matter coaches, district subject-matter experts, or administrators.
The Online PL Support Network utilizes the criteria developed by the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL). The criteria includes, but is not limited to, coherent and clear organization, use of instructional materials and appropriate technology to enable and enrich participant learning, rigorous and appropriate content, and accessibility for individuals with disabilities. The Online PL Support Network also follows the California Quality Professional Learning Standards that identify characteristics of quality professional learning that are most likely to support educators to build individual and collective capacity to meet professional, school, and student performance expectations.