Course Description

 Course Description

Welcome to Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards, an interactive computer-based instruction course designed to give you a deeper understanding of the rationale for and structure of this particular standards-based framework.  In this course you will learn a number of factors that contributed to the overall design of the Common Core Standards as well as practical pedagogical approaches that will support practitioners working toward deeper implementation.  We will reflect on the instructional “shifts” emphasized throughout the Common Core Standards and contextualize the shifts based on the diverse population of students course participants serve.  Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards will also provide connections to a variety of instructional considerations that will support implementation regardless of educational context.  Practitioners will be provided opportunities to reflect on current practice and the degree to which they align with the Common Core Standards as well as with colleagues across a wide range of settings implementing these standards.

This computer-based instruction course is a self-supporting program that provides instruction, structured practice, and evaluation all on your home or school computer.  Technical support information can be found in the Help section of your course.

This course, Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards, has been divided into four chapters.  The organization of the course covers the rationale for and design of the Common Core State Standards, the “Common Core Mindset” practitioners need for successful implementation, and what specific actions can be taken for deeper implementation across settings.

 Learning Objectives

As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:

  1. Understand the major shifts in English and Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics reflected in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  2. Learn about the design features of the CCSS (what to teach) and implications for professional practice (how to teach it)
  3. Explore research-based pedagogical strategies that align with what is emphasized in the CCSS
  4. Appreciate the importance of mapping any implementation gap that may exist between current personal practice and what research indicates aligns with the CCSS
  5. Self-reflect on the degree to which a "CCSS mindset" has been developed that supports the "what (CCSS), the "how" (instruction), and the "who" (ALL learners) required for implementation
  6. Develop a plan of action with implementation strategies designed to deepen student learning as well as generate evidence of your actions
  7. Recognize the connection between the creation of equitable learning conditions and developing a "Common Core Mindset" that integrates a number of dimensions
  8. Distinguish between "rigor" and "difficulty" and understand the implications for teachers
  9. Articulate the difference between a "fixed" and a "growth" orientation and implications of each view for students and teachers
  10. Self-assess the priority level to teach students that ability is expandable
  11. Learn a seven-step process for teaching students that ability is expandable
  12. Learn a four-step process for articulating standards and increasing student ownership over learning outcomes
  13. Recognize the ways that student and teacher self-efficacy are interconnected
  14. Learn the purpose of and a process for providing effective prescriptive feedback
  15. Understand the significance of the emergence of educational neuroscience as it relates to implementing the Common Core Standards
  16. Understand the importance of explicitly teaching academic language and methods for increasing student ownership of learning
  17. Delineate the difference between a teaching strategy and a learning strategy
  18. Articulate the rationale for using the compare and contrast learning strategy when implementing the Common Core Standards
  19. Use web-based tools designed to simultaneously engage students with primary source documents and in higher order thinking skills
  20. Learn strategies to increase comprehension and problem-solving skills
  21. Develop an understanding of the role of reasoning and argument in the CCSS
  22. Recognize why writing in numerous formats is an essential cross-cutting strategy
  23. Provide evidence of professional context and learning within a course using a reflection strategy for further planning implementation of the CCSS

There are no prerequisites.


As a student you will be expected to:

  • Complete all four information sections showing a competent understanding of the material presented in each section.
  • Complete all four section examinations, showing a competent understanding of the material presented.  You must obtain an overall score of 70% or higher, with no individual exam score below 50%, to pass this course.  *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
  • Complete a review of any section on which your examination score was below 50%.
  • Retake any examination, after completing an information review, to increase that examination score to a minimum of 50%, making sure to also be achieving an overall exam score of a minimum 70% (maximum of three attempts). *Please note: Minimum exam score requirements may vary by college or university; therefore, you should refer to your course addendum to determine what your minimum exam score requirements are.
  • Complete a course evaluation form at the end of the course.
 Estimated Time of Completion

40 Hours

 Access Time

365 Days

 CEU / PDU Outcomes

4.0 CEUs


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Understanding & Implementing Common Core Standards
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Tuition non-credit $485.00
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