Dear Interested Parties:
The California Department of Education (CDE), Professional Learning Support Division, is pleased to announce that the Application for Eligibility (AfE) is currently available for interested parties to apply to be a Network Provider for the Online Professional Learning (PL) Support Network – Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Through this AfE, the CDE is seeking applications from eligible applicants for Network providers to provide professional learning to practicing education professionals. The Network provider applicant will submit an application to aid practicing education professionals in implementing the CCSS and possibly have the option to provide a pathway to an advanced degree in an education related field in order to impact California public schools in a positive way. The Online PL Support Network – CCSS provider application is available on the CDE Support Network Web page located at http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/sn/index.asp.
In August 2010, the California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the CCSS and directed the 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 implementation 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 now 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.
Many current educators will have to update their instructional practices to match new requirements. Schools and districts will be asked to provide support for educators to make these necessary shifts. Therefore, there is a need to provide professional learning to a large number of practicing education professionals and to do so in an efficient, effective, and timely way. Integrated, online professional learning can be an efficient and cost-effective means of providing large-scale training in a short time frame.The CDE is responsible for establishing an Online PL Support Network that can assist California’s educators as they develop additional expertise relative to the CCSS.
An eligible applicant must have demonstrated a record of effectiveness in increasing the academic proficiency of students. The applicant must be legally constituted and qualified as an educational provider in California and be fiscally sound, in accordance with the State regulations California Code of Regulations, Title 5 Section 13075.1.
A public or private non-profit or for-profit entity may apply to become an approved provider, as well as a local educational agency (LEA) that is not in Program Improvement (PI) (including county offices of education [COEs], LEAs, and direct-funded charter schools), a COE that is in PI but that bifurcates services utilizing the procedures set forth by the SBE, an institution of higher education, a faith-based organization, a community-based organization, and a business.
Network providers will be included on the list of eligible providers of the Online PL Support Network – CCSS if they meet all the required criteria outlined in this AfE. A copy of this AfE can be viewed on the CDE Support Network Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/sn/index.asp.
All application components must be received by the Title II Leadership Office by 5 p.m. on November 18, 2013. Incomplete, late, or incorrectly formatted applications will not be scored or considered for approval. Applicants are urged to use express, certified, or registered mail. Transmission by electronic mail (e-mail) or facsimile (fax) will not be accepted.
If you have any questions regarding this AfE, please contact Judy Sinclair, Education Programs Consultant, Title II Leadership Office, by phone at 916-323-5846 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.