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Common Core State Standards

Online Professional Development

California Common Core State Standards
Professional Learning Modules

"This series is the product of collaborative efforts between the California Department of Education and content and professional learning experts throughout California to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards. The series includes at least thirteen modules that are available in both online and on-site professional learning formats." (My Digital Chalkboard, CDE)
Click here to go to the site and view an introductory video.

Educator Resources

Inside Mathematics




Inside Mathematics provides a resource for educators around the world who struggle to provide the best mathematics instruction they can for their students. Too often, teachers who excel at reaching students have few ways of sharing these strong practices with others – and teachers who struggle, struggle alone. Our classroom doors have remained closed too often and for too long.Inside Mathematics opens those doors:to tested Public Lessons presented to children and groups of observing teachers;to guided tours of reflective mathematics practice, identifying what makes teaching, learning, and improving instruction in mathematics a difficult enterprise and providing resources for teachers to improve their practice;to mathematics teaching and learning tools and resources to support classroom teachers’, math coaches’, and administrators’ daily practices;and to a professional learning community in which you are invited to open your own classroom door and engage in conversation about your own mathematics teaching and learning.


Read Works






The non-profit ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students. ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly.The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the standards of all 50 states. Most importantly, ReadWorks is faithful to the most effective research-proven instructional practices in reading comprehension. Click logo above to go to the site.


PBS Learning Media

"PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You can also favorite, and share resources with your class and colleagues through folders and social media. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia’s basic service is free for PreK-12 educators." Click the logo above to go to the site.


KQED Art School

"Art School is a video series for people who want to learn about art. See interviews with contemporary artists working in performing, visual and media art, as well as how-to videos that demonstrate new ways to get creative and explain art-making techniques and concepts." Click the logo above to go to the site.


Achieve the Core

"This website is full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. It includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results. was created in the spirit of collaboration. Please steal these tools and share them with others." ( Click the logo above to go to the site.



Teaching Channel

"Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools. We have a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration from each other." ( Click the logo above to go to the site.



CC Better Lesson

"Introducing CC.BetterLesson — a brand new, free resource from the BetterLesson team featuring the highest quality Common Core-aligned lessons created through our Master Teacher Project." (  Click on the logo to go to the site.



Mr. Linder s Math Blog


Mr. Linder's Math Blog contains numerous math resources for the California Common Core State Standards.  Click on the logo to go to the site.



Loma Portal Elementary

Loma Portal Elementary has California Common Core ELA and Math resources for teachers.  Click on the logo to go to the site.



Learn Zillion

Learn Zillion has "thousands of resources to explain the standards and equip students for success." Click on the logo to go to the site.



The Reading   Writing Project

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project has a multitude of resources, including many that address the California Common Core State Standards. Click on the logo to go to the site.

Depth of Knowledge


Depth of Knowledge with Karin Hess
(A brief overview of DOK provides a framework by which educators can increase the rigor of student tasks. 2009 Karin Hess
Depth of Knowledge Chart
Depth of Knowledge Question Stems


Hess's Cognitive Rigor Matrices & Curricular Examples

ELA Matrix
Math Matrix

Printable Resources

Click on the links below for the full text of the California Common Core State Standards and related Appendices.

English Language Arts and Literacy(ELA) CCSS
ELA Appendix A :Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards and Glossary of Terms
ELA Appendix B: Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks
ELA Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing



Writer s Workshop Handbook

Click on the logo to open a PDF of the Writer's Workshop Handbook.

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