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Course Descriptions

Teaching the Core Standards

EDUC 600

Excellence in teaching starts with an understanding of the seven best practice structures and using them to teach dynamic, engaging lessons and formulative-reflective assessments to improve student learning. The interventions taught in this class are founded on the latest scientific research and national common core standards. Educators will design plans and strategies to help their students exceed these standards in reading, writing, math , science, and social studies by implementing collaborative activities, strategic thinking skills, classroom workshops and the gradual release of responsibility to students for their own academic achievements. Teachers will also discover how to apply these techniques when teaching the standards to struggling readers, English language learners and students in special education.  Integrating technology and the arts will also be a focus in this course to help make learning exciting and motivating for the students in your classroom.


As a result of the participation in this course, students should:

1. Learn the seven best practice structures and how to incorporate them into lesson plans and assessments that will increase student achievement.

2. Differentiate curriculum and lessons while using flexible learning techniques to meet the needs of all students, including students in special education and English language learners.

3. Teach students how to assess their achievements and take responsibility for their learning goals by setting goals and maintaining their own records.

4. Discover how to apply and extend the core standards in the writing, reading, science, social studies and math curriculums so that students can actively experience the targeted concepts and apply their knowledge in the classroom.


The required reading is found in the text and articles listed below.  The ERIC documents may be found in full text format on the ERIC database at http://www.eric.ed.gov

Achieve, Inc. (2011). Strong Support, Low Awareness: Public Perception of the Common Core State Standards. Washington, DC: Achieve, Inc. ERIC doc. no. ED527112.

Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. (2011). Straight Talk on Teaching Quality: Six Game-Changing Ideas and What to do About Them. Providence, RI: Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. ERIC doc. no. ED529533.

Ball, D.L. & Forzani, F.M. (2011). Building a common core for learning to teach: And connecting professional learning to practice. American Educator, 35(2). pp. 17-21, 38-39. Sum 2011.

Daniels, H., Hyde, A., & Zemelman, S. (2012).  Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America's Classrooms. 4th ed. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Richard, B. (2011). Analyzing how formalist, cognitive-processing and literacy practices learning paradigms are shaping the implementation of the common core state standards.Online Submission. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Jacksonville, FL, Dec. 2, 2011. ERIC doc. no. ED527334.

Participants will complete the readings and independent activities described below to achieve the course objectives.

Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.