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 Digital Chalkboard Web site (formally Brokers of Expertise) 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 Digital Chalkboard Web site. Please select the links below to view the modules.A Deeper Dive into the California English Language Development Standards
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.