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These Web sites may be useful to you as you continue to explore and implement California’s Common Core State Standards. 

Unit 1: College and Career Readiness for Technical Subjects

  • CalCRN provides resources for anyone interested in developing the career self-management skills necessary in today's world of work.

    California Partnership Academies: A high school reform movement that is focused on smaller learning communities with a career theme. Academy components include rigorous academics and career technical education, with a career focus, a committed team of teachers, and active business and post-secondary partnerships.
  • Career Technical Student Organizations: Information regarding Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), FHA-Hero, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Future Farmers of America (FFA), Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and Skills USA.
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills: The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student.
  • University of California Curriculum Integration (UCCI): Since May 2010, the UC Curriculum Integration Institutes have brought together more than 400 high school and community educators and industry representatives to create innovative high school courses that integrate the rigor of academics with the real-world relevance of Career Technical Education.

Unit 2: Content Literacy in the Technical Subjects, K–5

  • California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), Arts Initiative page:
  • Eileen Murphy Buckley, 360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing
  • Kathy Short, Worlds of Words article “The Common Core State Standards: Misconceptions about Informational and Literary Texts”
  • Kim Green, article “Common Core: Fact vs. Fiction”
  • Nell K. Duke, Reading & Writing Informational Text in the Primary Grades
  • Professional Learning Modules (PLM) focused on the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts please visit the Common Core State Standards PLM portal on the Brokers of Expertise.\
  • The California Arts Project:  The California Arts Project (TCAP) is a collaborative, statewide professional learning network of classroom teachers, administrators, and university scholars with the mission of improving teaching and learning in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and in arts, media, and entertainment.

Unit 3: Building Content Literacy in the Technical Subjects: 6–12 Reading

Unit 4: Building Content Literacy in the Technical Subjects: 6–12 Writing

Additional Resources for Students with Disabilities

  • The CCSS publication, "Application to Students with Disabilities", addresses how the standards can apply to students with disabilities and their special needs, and ensures access to the general curriculum.
  • The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Web site includes a page outlining the CEC participation in development of the CCSS and additional resources for teachers specifically for Students With Disabilities. An additional resource for administrators, “Six principles for principals to consider in implementing CCSS for students with disabilities”, provides CCSS implementation guidance in the instruction and assessment of students receiving special education services.
  • The Special Edge is a publication of the California Department of Education’s Special Education Division. Read the issue devoted to the CCSS.

Additional Resources for English Learners

  • English Language Learners & the Common Core State Standards Resources.  This resource page includes general resources, implementation resources, instructional resources, communications resources, and links to ELLs and Common Assessment Consortia.
  • Aiming High Briefs: Published between 2005 and 2010, by the Sonoma County Office of Education, the Aiming High Briefs focused on strategies for improving instruction for English Learners and provided resources for implementation and further study.
  • Application of Common Core State Standards for English Language Learners:
    The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers strongly believe that all students should be held to the same high expectations outlined in the Common Core State Standards. This includes students who are English language learners (ELLs). However, these students may require additional time, appropriate instructional support, and aligned assessments as they acquire both English language proficiency and content area knowledge.
  • Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
    The 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.
  • Materials Available from English Learner Leadership Conference:
    The 2013 English Learner Leadership Conference on Thursday, February 14, featured presentations by Robert Linquanti and George Bunch. Mr. Linquanti discussed the new ELD standards and Dr. Bunch focused on preparing English Learners in the new Common Core Standards era. Their presentation slides and handouts are now available online.
  • Improving Education for English Learners: Research-Based Approach, California Department of Education, January 2013.
  • Understanding Language is an initiative at Stanford University that focuses on heightening awareness of the language and literacy issues embedded within the new standards. And the following link has teaching resources: