Course Description

This course is designed to provide an understanding of 6-12 Common Core State Standards, including the history of the standards, as well as the biggest shifts from current instructional practice. Most significantly, participants will learn teaching strategies to embrace the new ELA standards, with a particular focus on strengthening classroom practice in the biggest shift areas from old to new standards, and aligning to the tasks of the new assessments.

Learner Outcomes

By the conclusion of the course, each participant should be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the belief systems that brought the Common Core standards into place.
  2. Understand the format and contents of the ELA Common Core document in grade bands 6-12.
  3. Understand the factors inherent in determining text complexity.
  4. Understand the necessity and practice of close reading in middle and high school students.
  5. Consider the components of disciplinary literacy and academic literacy and create atmospheres and activities for disciplinary literacy and academic vocabulary to flourish across the 6-12 curriculums.
  6. Recognize the importance of, and encourage the use of text-dependent questions and answers.
  7. Strengthen the balance of informational and literary texts in current 6-12 reading programs and curriculums.
  8. Encourage writing from sources in all types of media, and to use research in the writing process.
  9. Learn the components of argument writing.
  10. Explore and redefine literacy for the 21st century.


System Requirements
  • Computer with word processing software
  • Internet access connection
  • Online video viewing capabilities/Adobe flash player
  • Software capable of reading PDF files


Educators enrolled in the course are required to hold a baccalaureate degree.

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Section Title
The ELA Common Core: Understanding and Teaching the Big Shifts (6-12)
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Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $500.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Connecting Link.

Course is self-Paced. Completion time: up to 12 weeks from initial log in to course. Participants are required to log in within 60 days of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Susan Schultz is the course facilitator

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