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K-12 Professionals

CCSS: Math, Grades 6-8

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $295

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

The Common Core State Standards originated in 2010 and have been adopted by the majority of states across the country. The Standards aim to increase the rigor of instruction for all students in order to adequately prepare them for success in college and career. In this course, educators will explore the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) in grades 6-8 to understand the purpose for the Standards, the foundations of the Standards, what students are expected to understand, know, and be able to do, and how this will impact teachers’ approach to instruction. The course will address the combination of content standards and Mathematical Practice standards, the three shifts in emphasis and organization, how these shifts will impact classroom practice, as well as how to address the needs of diverse student populations. Through readings, classroom videos, and other materials, participants will gain a strong understanding of the Standards and their application. Participants will become informed educators who can implement the standards with fidelity in their school or district. 


After completing this course, educators will understand that:

  • The combination of content and practice standards (Mathematical Practices) are the foundation for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics.
  • The CCSS-M are organized by domains in grades K-8, which begin and end at specific grade levels, and that the standards are organized within clusters.
  • There are 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice, which are integrated at every grade level, K-12; and that they are intended to be addressed with increasing sophistication in combination with the content standards.
  • The CCSS-M emphasizes three major shifts in content, organization, and instructional emphasis, which have important implications for mathematics instruction.
  • The learning needs of a diverse range of students (English language learners, students with special needs, and gifted and talented learners) should be embedded in their instruction.
  • Formative assessments should continuously inform instruction.
  • Parents need to be informed about the CCSS-M and how it will impact their children’s learning.

Student Learning Outcomes:

After completing this course, educators will be able to:

  • Communicate in parent-friendly language what students are expected to understand, know, and be able to do in a standards-aligned curriculum, and explain why this is important.
  • Evaluate their own instructional practice for alignment to the shifts in emphasis and practices of the CCSS-M, and develop an action plan to improve their instruction in one particular practice.
  • Plan standards-aligned lessons for grades 6-8 students that include high cognitive demand tasks, using the combination of content and Mathematical Practice standards to guide best practices in teaching and learning.

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $499.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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