The California Department of Education (CDE) worked with experts in the field to develop professional learning modules (PLMs) that support educators in delivering curriculum aligned to the CCSS to all pupils. The modules are housed on the Brokers of Expertise Web site and are available online at no cost. The modules were intended to be used by educators independently or as a face-to-face presentation. All materials are provided for either option and may be accessed on the Brokers of Expertise Web site. Please select the links below to view the modules that are currently available.
The following module topics are now available:
Content Literacy for Science (New 16-Oct-2013)
Additional modules regarding the following topics are currently in development. Please subscribe to the CCSS Resources Listserv to be notified when additional modules become available.
Getting Started with the California English Language Development Standards
This module is Part 1 of a two-part English Language Development (ELD) module series, which is designed to ensure English learner students have access to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and the Technical Subjects (ELA/Literacy). This module provides an overview of the components of the ELD standards and how they are aligned to the CCSS.
A Deeper Dive into the California English Language Development Standards
This module is Part 2 of the two-part ELD module series. It provides a structure and focus for ELD standards-based instruction in mainstream classrooms and designated ELD instruction and/or classrooms that describes how to use the ELD standards in tandem with the CCSS for ELA/Literacy. Examples in various contexts and grade spans model how suggested instructional strategies can be successfully implemented.
Multi-tiered System of Supports: A Comprehensive Framework for Implementing the California Common Core State Standards
The Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) module provides an introduction to the MTSS as a comprehensive framework for system-wide supports and structures to address barriers to access and opportunity for ALL students to meet the CCSS for ELA/Literacy. The module will present a description of each of the tiers of support beginning with a focus on “high-quality first-time instruction” within Tier 1 utilizing the concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), evidence-based instructional and engagement strategies, collaboration, accommodations, and data analysis for instructional planning and design.
The Curriculum Support and Reform Act of 2011 (AB 250) requires the CDE to oversee the development of PLMs that support educators in delivering curriculum aligned to the CCSS to all pupils.
The legislation required that a task force develop criteria to guide the development of the PLMs to provide critical information and strategies as the CCSS are implemented. These criteria would be based on the CA Standards for the Teaching Professions and developed in consideration of the National Staff Development Council’s Standards for Staff Development. The PLMs are to make use of and build on existing professional development programs.
The PLMs are charged with deepening educators' understanding of at least the following criteria:
Instructional strategies to support the learning of all pupils, including English learners, pupils with disabilities, and underperforming pupils.
Instructional strategies that promote creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills in all academic content areas.
The integration of subject content knowledge.
Instructional leadership and coaching.
Task force members were also charged with selecting the PLM topics.