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Common Core Webinar Series

CCSSO is hosting webinars throughout the year to assist states, districts, and educators with Common Core implementation. Below is a list of archived webinars CCSSO has hosted in 2012. To learn about upcoming webinars, please sign up for our Common Core newsletter. State education agency staff may also find support resources and additional webinar information through CCSSO's state collaborative site, spaces.ccsso.org (password protected; access granted to state education agency staff). 

Past Webinars

Local and State Flexibility to Use Federal Funding for College and Career Ready Standards Implementation

CCSSO hosted a webinar exploring local and state flexibility in the use of federal funds for college and career ready standards. The webinar featured a presentation from Dr. Monique Chism, Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (SASA) for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education as the U.S. Department of Education. This webinar contains information about when state and districts can use federal funds to improve education systems and implementing college and career ready standards.  

CCSS Publishers' Criteria Webinars

The Council of the Great City Schools and the Council of Chief State School Officers, in partnership with Student Achievement Partners, provided webinars for content developers focused on the Common Core State Standards Publishers’ Criteria in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics. The webinars were designed to assist content developers in understanding the publishers’ criteria and aligning instructional materials, including interim and benchmark assessments, to the Common Core State Standards.

Aligning Interim/Benchmark Assessments to the CCSS
The Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with Student Achievement Partners and Council of Great City Schools hosted a webinar on March 19, 2013 dedicated to providing high-level guidance on aligning interim/benchmark assessments to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Over 230 leaders of assessments from 46 states listened to the webinar.

In the recorded webinar, you will find the Student Achievement Partners team explaining the three shifts called for by the Standards in ELA/literacy and mathematics and their implications for interim/benchmark assessments as well as introducing the CCSS Draft Rubric for Interim/Benchmark Assessment in ELA/literacy and Mathematics. Also posted below are the CCSS Draft Rubric for Interim/Benchmark Assessment in ELA/literacy and Mathematics.

What Teachers Can Learn from the New PARCC and Smarter Balanced Sample Assessment Items  
CCSSO hosted two webinars on the recently released Partnership for Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced sample assessment items in English language arts and in Mathematics. In the first webinar, held in November 2012, the 2012 National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mieliwocki, a seventh grade English teacher, offered her reactions and guidance to fellow teachers on what the new assessment items can illustrate about the Common Core State Standards and accompanying assessments that their students will be experiencing soon. The second webinar featured Jim Mamer, the winner of 2012 Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics Elementary Mathematics Teaching Award. Mamer is an active leader in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and is currently implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics with his students. Please click on the links below to access the recordings and slides. 

EduCore: Tools for Teaching the Common Core 
CCSSO and ASCD hosted a webinar to share ASCD's new, free digital tool, EduCoreTM, for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards in both mathematics and literacy. The EduCore tool is a repository of evidence-based strategies, videos, and supporting documents that help middle and high school educators transition to the Common Core State Standards.  

English Language Learners and the Next Generation Science Standards:  Using the English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework 
The English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework outlines the underlying English language practices found in the CCSS and the NGSS, communicates to ELL stakeholders the language that all ELLs must acquire in order to successfully engage the CCSS and NGSS, and specifies a procedure by which to evaluate the degree of alignment present between the Framework and ELP standards under consideration or adopted by states. This webinar focused on the key practices in the Next Generation Science Standards and the features of discipline-specific language used by teachers and students while engaged in the learning of these key practices.

English Language Learners and Common Core English Language Arts: Using the English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework   
The English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework outlines the underlying English language practices found in the CCSS and the NGSS, communicates to ELL stakeholders the language that all ELLs must acquire in order to successfully engage the CCSS and NGSS, and specifies a procedure by which to evaluate the degree of alignment present between the Framework and ELP standards under consideration or adopted by states. This webinar focused on the key practices in the English language arts standards and the features of discipline-specific language used by teachers and students while engaged in the learning of these key practices.

English Language Learners and Common Core Mathematics: Using the English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework
The English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework outlines the underlying English language practices found in the CCSS and the NGSS, communicates to ELL stakeholders the language that all ELLs must acquire in order to successfully engage the CCSS and NGSS, and specifies a procedure by which to evaluate the degree of alignment present between the Framework and ELP standards under consideration or adopted by states. This webinar focused on the key practices in the mathematics standards and the features of discipline-specific language used by teachers and students while engaged in the learning of these key practices.

Introduction to the K-8 Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics 

The endorsers of the publishers' criteria - CCSSO, the National Governors Association, the National Association of State Boards of Education, Achieve, and the Council of Great City Schools -  a cohosted two webinars to introduce state and district curriculum leaders, education policy-makers, teachers, and publishers to the K-8 Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.  

Introduction to CCSSO's English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework  
In September, CCSSO released a new CCSSO resource to provide guidance to states on aligning English Language Proficiency standards with the Common Core State Standards and the forthcoming Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework outlines the underlying English language practices found in the CCSS and the NGSS, communicates to ELL stakeholders the language that all ELLs must acquire in order to successfully engage the CCSS and NGSS, and specifies a procedure by which to evaluate the degree of alignment present between the Framework and ELP standards under consideration or adopted by states.

To assist states and interested stakeholders in using the framework, CCSSO will be hosting a four-part webinar series on this publication. This first webinar oriented participants to the framework and its uses. The subsequent webinars will focus on the key practices in each subject area - English language arts (October 29), mathematics (October 25), and science (November 2) -as described by their respective standards, as well as the features of discipline-specific language used by teachers and students while engaged in the learning of these key practices.    

The Common Core State Standards: Supporting Districts and Teachers with Text Complexity
To provide states with additional Common Core State Standards implementation support, the Council of Chief State School Officers hosted a one-hour webinar to share tools and resources to support teachers and districts on text complexity, which is the linchpin of the ELA standards. The webinar featured Sue Pimentel, a member of the Common Core State Standards English language arts writing committee, as well as representatives from the Kansas and Louisiana Departments of Education.

Mathematics Common Core Standards and the Concept of Focus
CSSO hosted a webinar on the Common Core mathematics standards. The webinar included a presentation on the concept of focus in the Math standards, the work of the Math SCASS, and information on the Illustrative Mathematics Project.   

One Percent Assessment Consortia and the Common Core
CCSSO hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the two 1% percent assessment consortia, Dynamic Learning Maps and the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Partnership. These new alternate assessments that serve students with the most significant cognitive disabilities will be aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and are expected to fit cohesively within the comprehensive assessment systems under development by the federal grant recipients: the Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). Both DLM and NCSC are to be ready for use by the 2014-15 school year, the same year in which the comprehensive assessment systems will be operational. Rachel Quenemoen, NCSC, and Neal Kingston, DLM, discussed similarities and differences between the consortia and how their work connects to the Common Core, which was followed by Q&A with the audience.  

Student Achievement Partners' Release of Common Core PD Modules
CCSSO hosted a webinar to mark the release of four professional development modules designed to support district and school leadership in their transition to the Common Core. The modules are designed to be incorporated into summer professional development sessions or during back to school planning. Sandra Alberti, Director of State/District Partnerships and Professional Development for Student Achievement Partners, introduced the modules and talked about how to incorporate them into professional development plans. The four modules cover the following topics: the Common Core Shifts in Math, the Common Core Shifts in ELA/Literacy, Creating Text Dependent Questions in ELA/Literacy, and Instructional Leadership in the context of the Common Core.

The Common Core State Standards: Engaging Higher Education in Implementation
CCSSO hosted a webinar on engaging higher education in Common Core implementation on April 5, 2012. During the webinar, Vince Verges from the Florida Department of Education presented on the state's partnership with higher education, the Institute for Evidence-Based Change released a rubric for states to evaluate their engagement with local institutions of higher education, and Sharmila Basu Conger from the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) briefed participants on the College Readiness Partnership, a collaborative effort between AASCU, CCSSO and SHEEO to promote broad implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA), with a focus on those issues at the intersection of K-12 and higher education systems. The presenters addressed audience questions at the end of the webinar.   

Contact:Common Core Implementation TeamĀ commonstandards@ccsso.org202-336-6875