Curriculum & Instruction
Professional Learning F.A.Q.
The Curriculum Support and Reform Act of 2011 (AB 250) requires the CDE to oversee the development of professional learning modules (PLMs) designed to support educators in delivering curriculum aligned to CCSS to all pupils. These modules are available online at no cost. Modules are designed for both individual study and group activity, web-based and school-based delivery. Each PLM includes instructional strategies to support all learners including English learners, pupils with disabilities, and underperforming students; as well as instructional strategies that promote creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication skills; the integration of subject area content knowledge; and instructional leadership and coaching. A number of PLMs are currently available and more are in development. More information and links to available modules may be accessed on the CDE Professional Learning Modules for Educators Web page.
In addition, the CDE CCSS Web page has links to numerous resources to support professional development and is updated as new resources become available. Educators may also use the searchable database available on the CDE Professional Development Opportunities Web page to locate additional CCSS-related learning opportunities.
In addition to unrestricted general funds, LEAs may utilize Title II Part A funds for CCSS-related professional learning.
Yes. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) has prepared crosswalks between the standards as a resource for the Academic Content Standards Commission and has posted these documents on the SCOE California Academic Content Standards Commission Web page. It is important to understand that there is not a direct one-to-one correlation between all standards. Often a new standard may represent concepts previously presented through several standards or vice versa.
English Language Development (ELD) standards help guide curriculum, instruction, and assessment for English learners who are developing the English language skills needed to engage successfully with state subject matter standards for college- and career-readiness. Assembly Bill 124 (Fuentes, Chapter 605, Statutes of 2011), signed into law on October 8, 2011, required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the SBE, to revise and align the state’s ELD standards by grade level to the state’s English language arts (ELA) standards by November 2012. The design and development of the ELD standards were informed by multiple sources; including focus groups, a panel of experts, public hearings, a public review and comment period, CDE and SBE staff, research, theory, and best practice. The standards were adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) on November 7, 2012. You may review the standards and learn more about the development process on the CDE English Language Development Standards Web page. The next curriculum framework for ELA will include the new ELD standards.
In addition, the CDE publication A Look at Kindergarten Through Grade Six in California Public Schools includes sections regarding English learners and the specific CCSS ELA standards that support English language development.
The San Diego County Office of Education, in collaboration with the CDE and Council of Chief State School Officers, has developed a linguistically augmented Spanish version of the CCSS for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. A link to the electronic version of the document is available on the CDE CCSS Web page. The Spanish version of the CCSS for Mathematics is currently in development.