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CCSS Update: Volume II, Issue 4, January 29, 2013

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Update includes information regarding the implementation of the CCSS.

Opportunity to Participate

English Language Development Supplemental Instructional Materials Review

The California Department of Education (CDE) and State Board of Education (SBE) are seeking reviewers to participate in the English Language Development supplemental instructional materials review (ELD SIMR) of materials that are aligned to the new California English Language Development Standards (ELD Standards) adopted by the SBE on November 7, 2012.

Reviewers will evaluate the ELD supplemental instructional materials for alignment to the new California ELD Standards and the ELD SIMR evaluation criteria, pending approval by the SBE at their March 13–14, 2013 meeting. Reviewers will attend a two-day training held at the San Joaquin County Office of Education July 18–19, 2013. They will review supplemental instructional materials independently at home and will then reconvene in panels in San Joaquin for two to three days of deliberations and the preparation of a report of findings November 14–16, 2013. The CDE will reimburse travel costs and substitute costs for current classroom teachers for the meeting days. There is no stipend or honorarium available.

Information about this review and the online application process is available on the CDE ELD SIMR Web page. The deadline for submission of applications is March 15, 2013. Please forward this information to any and all qualified candidates who might be interested.

Any questions related to this review should be directed to Jim Long, Lead Consultant, Instructional Resources Unit, at 916-323-4583 or

New Resource

Edmodo Basal Alignment Project

The Basal Alignment Project (BAP) External link opens in new window or tab. builds district capacity to better align existing materials to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy while new CCSS-aligned materials are developed and published. School districts, publishers, education organizations and others can link to the site or download and adapt materials that can be widely available to teachers and students. On this site you can learn more about the BAP and how to access these resources.


Collaborative Conversations and the CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
Wednesday, February 13
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

How can teachers utilize the CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards to inform focused, purposeful, collaborative conversations in middle and high school classrooms? Find out more in this interactive webinar presented by Schools Moving Up in collaboration with California's Secondary Literacy Partnership. Attend the live webinar to interact with the presenter, members of the Secondary Literacy Partnership team, and other participants about this timely topic. Please send advance questions to

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