California Educator

February 2014

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Resource Learning A new resource from CTA Understanding the Common Core State Standards BY BILL GUY HOW WOU LD YOU LI K E to see the California Common Core State Standards in an easy-tofollow progression, beginning with kindergarten and continuing to 12th grade, in a format that shows what students should know at their current grade level, which specific skills should already be mastered, and where the skills they are learning in their class will lead in subsequent grades? You've got it at In August 2010, California joined 45 other states in adopting the California Common Core State Standards for K-12 public school students, which include standards for English-language arts and literacy in history, social studies, science and technical subjects (CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy). Influenced by the work of noted education author Doug Reeves, CTA's Instruction and Professional Development staff created visuals of the standards, called spiral progressions, to better understand the structure and content of each of the standards. Spiral progressions are available for all the content areas and include anchor standards that can help prepare students for college or career readiness. For details on the standards themselves, go to the California Department of Education website: GO ONLINE High-quality professional development, anyone? An important aspect of implementing the Common Core State Standards is highquality professional development. There are vendors approaching your school district that may or may not meet your needs. Who's providing your professional development for new math practices, thematic teaching, project-based learning and close reading? There's no easy answer, but CTA can help. Simply contact your CTA reps. Here are a few resources that CTA uses. • Writing Project available through the University of California — • Expository Reading and Writing Course through California State University — • UCLA Curtis Center for Mathematics and Teaching — continuing.shtml FEBRUARY 2014 Educator 02 Feb 2014 v2.1 int.indd 43 43 1/27/14 3:52 PM

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