While the Grade 6-12 CCSS in English Language Arts (ELA) provide a basis for what students must know to prepare for college and career, they do not capture the art and science of teaching nor the knowledge of students and community that a teacher brings to the classroom. This course helps participants bridge that gap, harnessing their experience and teaching approach to successfully incorporate the CCSS into their existing practice.


This course is designed to give participants a deep familiarity with the Core’s content and philosophy, including the three major ELA shifts toward using informational texts, complex texts, and evidence-based thinking. The course provides opportunities to use specific Anchor Standards and standard sub-strands to connect the Common Core in ELA to classroom practice in reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening skills. Teachers will learn to implement the CCSS for all students, as well as developing targeted strategies for meeting the needs of diverse populations. Finally, the course offers actionable resources and ideas for connecting with teachers and content in other disciplines.