During the 2014-2015 school year the Chicago Public School (CPS) system began implementing the CCSS with Common Core-aligned curricula as well as the statewide PARCC exam. While the Grade K-5 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 will help teachers bridge that gap, harnessing their experience and teaching approach to successfully incorporate the CCSS ELA into their existing practice.


This course is designed to develop teachers’ deep familiarity with the Common Core’s K-5 content and philosophy, including the three major 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 CCSS ELA to classroom practice in reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening skills. Finally, the course offers actionable resources and ideas for connecting with teachers and topics in other disciplines.