This page contains materials, such as sample units of study, developed by other states/organizations and Alabama that may prove valuable as LEAs implement the new course of study.
MODELS OF COLLABORATION is a three-part program that features elementary, middle, and high school collaboration/co-teaching teams. The DVDs are professional development resources for regional educational laboratories, school districts, and Institutions of High Education (pre-service teachers). Each DVD contains video clips of collaborative teachers:
- Implementing instructional through frequently used co-teaching models;
- Designing and organizing instruction during collaborative planning;
- Engaging in conversation about the collaborative process.
QUALITYCORE - ACT's QualityCore is a research-driven solution to raise the quality and intensity of high school core courses. It is a comprehensive program that supports the current curriculum and instructional methods. Components of the QualityCore program include an interactive formative item pool that provides educators with customizable quizzes and interim/benchmark assessments in core high school courses. For 2012-13, Alabama will implement QualityCore in English 9, English 10, Algebra I, and Geometry. In addition to the formative and benchmark/interim assessments, comprehensive assessments that provide data on cumulative learning are provided for each of the core high school courses.
Correlation Documents-QualityCore Course Standards and the Alabama Course of Study These correlation documents have been developed to assist you in designing assessments from the QualityCore website's Test Builder. We have taken the QC course standard and correlated it to standards in our Alabama course of study. Please note that these are draft documents and edits are still being made. If you have any suggestions for changes to these documents, please email Cindy Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(PowerPoint presentations and handouts related to webinars can be found under Professional Development)
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(Valuable links to help implement the new standards)
This site provides free, high quality resources to educators now doing the hard work of implementing these higher standards.
This publication helps educators create differentiated reading instruction experiences for their students by showing the relationship between two distinct resources: Student Center Activities created by the Florida Center for Reading Instruction and Common Core State Standards.
To further aid states as they continue to implement the Common Core State Standards, the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have commissioned a series of video vignettes that explain the Standards in far greater depth.
LearnZillion is a web-based application that helps teachers and parents meet the educational needs of every student. It offers 2000 lessons that were built from the Common Core standards and were created by some of the top public and private school teachers from around the country. Each lesson includes a short video, downloadable lesson guide and resources, and coach’s commentary to help with teacher development. It is a vibrant and growing community of educators working to improve our teaching practice through collaboration
DISCLAIMER:This Crosswalk was designed to provide a model for the transition from the 2007 Alabama English Language Arts Course of Study Standards to the 2010 College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Literacy. This document is intended as a conversation starter for educators within and across grade levels. While curriculum revisions will be guided by local curriculum experts, ultimately the alignment is implemented at the classroom level. Educators will need to unfold these standards in order to compare them to current classroom practice and identify adjustments to instruction and materials that support the depth of understanding implicit in these new standards. The implementation of these new standards necessitates a change in instruction. This Crosswalk was not intended for teachers to think that the new standards are like the old standards and therefore not change their instruction. Students will not reap the benefits of improved instruction if there is not a clear focus on the new more rigorous standards. This Crosswalk was created by classroom teachers and Reading Coaches to show a comparison between 2007 ELA COS and 2010 CCRS. It was designed to be a resource to inform educators about how the current ELA standards align with the new ELA CCRS.
Each year, hundreds of thousands of students in grades 1-3 receive DIBELS ORF scores. By converting these scores into corresponding Lexile measures, educators and parents can match young readers with books and other materials that are targets to their individual abilities and interests.
The Teaching Channel is a video showcase - on the Internet and TV - of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools. This video library offers educators a wide range of subjects for grades K-12. The videos also include information on alignment with Common Core State Standards and ancillary material for teachers to use in their own classrooms.
TextProject aims to bring beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy through a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts used for reading instruction.