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To provide awareness level training to educators regarding the implementation of the College & Career Ready Standards for Alabama students. Beginning with the overall view of the purpose of the standards, how they were derived, and where our State is headed in the plan to implement ELA and Content Area standards in the 2013-2014 school year.


1. Open the pdf lesson file and read the information and follow the embedded links as they appear, or view the files and links from below after reading the lesson.

2. Complete the Google Form for follow-up and evaluation.

3. We are working on a way to give each participate STIPD credit. Stay Tuned.

Files and Links:


(NOTE: Clicking your browser's back button after reading the pdf file will return you to this page.)

Introductory 3 minute Video

Alabama Learning Exchange CCRS website link:

Dr. Bice and the 2020 Plan Video ALEX Link Podcast: 2020 Plan Or, download to view in flv player Bice_2020_x264.flv

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Common Core Standards website link:

Lesson Follow-Up and Evaluation (Must be completed. Click on link.)

Future lessons will provide educators with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of the standards, tools that will assist teachers with the standards, and more in-depth coverage of the "Significant Shifts". A tentative plan for future awareness lessons are listed below:

CCRS Awareness Lesson 2
A Look at the Standards: Math & Literacy (pdf)
Learning to Read the Common Core: A View From 30, 000 Feet (Video, ~13 min)
Introducing the Insight Tool (Slides/Handouts)
Lesson Follow-up Activity for Participants
CCRS Awareness Lesson 3
Why CCRS is Necessary & Key shifts in Teaching and Learning (pdf)
Defining a literate student who is college and/or career ready graduate (Slides/handouts)
Looking at Informational Text and Increased Rigor (Slides/handouts)
Lesson Follow-up Activity for Participants
CCRS Awareness Lesson 4
CCRS and Text Complexity: The Model
Understanding Quantitative Measures using Lexile® and ATOS®
Simplifying Text Complexity (Video, ~19 min)
Lesson Follow-up Activity for Participants
CCRS Awareness Lesson 5
Content Literacy: The Anchor Standards (pdf)
Think Alouds: Unpacking the Standards (Video, ~14 min)
Anchor Standards-Reading (pdf)
Anchor Standards-Writing (pdf)
Lesson Follow-up Activity for Participants
CCRS Awareness Lesson 6
CCRS and Assessment (pdf)
Improving the Teaching Practice (Video, ~4 min)
Strategic Teaching-Daily Assessments
Tracking Students-Assessments (ACT, Global Scholar, Benchmarks, End of Term)
Response to Intervention Program
Lesson Follow-up Activity for Participants