ELA & the Common Core

boywriting jpegCTL’s English Language Arts and the Common Core is a professional development program designed for grades 6-12 teachers and administrators. It transforms the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening and Language into classroom practice in middle and high school English language arts.

ELA and the Common Core can also include a segment focused specifically on Foundational Literacy, which emphasizes training for English language arts teachers in foundational literacy development, direct skills-based instruction for students in informational reading and writing, and applied connections to the Common Core State Standards. CTL can help schools do a thorough needs-assessment to determine strengths and shortcomings of current ELA programming, and then provide on-site professional development and coaching in pursuit of strong foundational literacy instruction.

Implementation of English Language Arts and the Common Core involves a commitment by teachers and administrators to intensive professional learning and engagement in on-site and distance coaching, including:

  • Formal professional development and job-embedded coaching over multiple years
  • Resources to support acquisition and implementation of new teaching strategies
  • Virtual professional learning community support
  • Content area mentoring for administrators and instructional coaches

Who benefits

CTL’s English Language Arts and the Common Core professional development program provides comprehensive support to help teachers implement the standards and promote a college- and career-ready culture. It addresses the critical areas for instruction in middle and high school, with an emphasis on acquiring and applying increasingly complex knowledge.

English Language Arts and the Common Core helps middle and high school teachers and administrators apply the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening and Language in the classroom. It provides the background, training and strategies to help teachers implement the standards with all students.

This program can also include a segment focused specifically on Foundational Literacy, which emphasizes training for English language arts teachers in foundational literacy development, direct skills-based instruction for students in informational reading and writing, and applied connections to the Common Core State Standards.

ELA and the Common Core also helps administrators and instructional coaches develop the capacity to lead ELA teachers in applying  standards in the classroom. Instructional leaders attend formal trainings with teachers, and receive additional support in promoting implementation of the Common Core and best practices in ELA instruction.

Results

A pilot study of CTL’s work in Foundational Literacy with English language arts teachers in three high-need rural Kentucky school districts as part of the federal Promise Neighborhoods planning grant revealed that CTL training deepened teachers’ understanding of literacy instruction, including the need to integrate the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening to boost student literacy.

Collaborators

GEAR UP Kentucky
Berea College Promise Neighborhood Initiative
Jackson County Schools, Kentucky
Owsley County Schools, Kentucky
Clay County Schools, Kentucky

 

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