NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Common Core Implementation

EDUC 600




Instructor: Ellen Paxton

Grading: Letter or S/U

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - Friday, May 15, 2015

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150

Course Description:

Schools and educators all over the country are engaged in implementing the Common Core State Standards. This can be a challenge. This three part course, Common Core Implementation for All Classrooms is designed to provide teachers the support and confidence they need to implement the standards in their classrooms. Section A, Common Core Instruction Practices, focuses on practices teachers can use to promote student motivation and self-learning while decreasing and eliminating behavior issues. The resources, tools, and real-life examples included in this section help teachers strive to develop self-reliant students who take responsibility for their own learning. Section B, Common Core Assessment & Evaluation, focuses on helping teachers assess basic academic skills and identify areas in which students need support. This section contains tips, templates, and strategies that help teachers periodically collect data to assess if students are meeting the set academic goals. Section C, Reflective Teaching Practice, focuses on helping teachers develop a process of reflective thinking and becoming sensitive and responsive to the needs and issues of students. The practical examples and techniques explained in this section provide an understanding of the phrase ‘learning while teaching.’ This section also includes an additional resource that helps teachers write a reflective statement by giving you step-by-step guidelines to combine all your professional development activities. Teachers completing this course become better education professionals and in turn are also able to implement the Common Core requirements.


As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, Common Core Instruction Practices, students should be able to:

  • Understand the foundational concepts in the Common Core.
  • Understand the role of teachers, parents, and students in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
  • Create a self-organizing classroom.
  • Present new and challenging material to struggling learners by building assistance directly into instruction.
  • Apply the Learn Unit in classroom instruction.
  • Assign the right amount of homework to students to ensure effectiveness and promote learning.
  • Apply strategies that encourage positive classroom behavior.
  • Use the ‘Behavior Management Menu’ tool for behavior management and discipline.
  • Employ the Color Wheel as a behavior management strategy.    
  • Train students to develop strong work-planning skills.
  • Help students take greater responsibility by encouraging self-monitoring and student-directed interventions.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, Common Core Assessment & Evaluation, students should be able to:

  • Understand the Common Core State Standards.
  • Monitor basic academic skills of all the students in the classroom.
  • Assess acquisition and fluency in basic and complex skills.
  • Assess certain academic survival skills such as homework, note-taking, organization, etc.
  • Conduct academic interventions.
  • Use the Progress Monitoring Worksheet to collect data for academic interventions.
  • Use rubrics to track student performance.
  • Set goals for students for the acquisition and fluency of academic skills.
  • Monitor cumulative results to assess effectiveness of intervention strategy.
  • Encourage students to engage in self-monitoring.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION C, Reflective Teaching Practice, students should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of reflection.
  • Understand and apply the different types of reflection and levels of reflective thinking.
  • Apply reflection to daily life using strategies like journal writing, action research, log and diary keeping, self-observation, and so on.
  • Practice professional development that is job-embedded by engaging in collaborative learning activities and Professional Learning Communities.
  • Develop their Professional Development Plan.
  • Combine all their professional development to write their reflective statements.

About The Instructor

Ellen Paxton
Ellen Paxton

Ellen Paxton earned an M.Ed. In Workforce, Career, & Technical Education from the University of Minnesota. Her B.S. in Education is awarded from Drake University. Ellen is a National Board Certified Teacher. She has over 24 years of experience in teaching while serving in educational leadership positions as department chair, school administrator, and school board member. Ellen has also taught classroom teachers and adjunct faculty how to build and teach online classes that gave new academic opportunities to thousands of students. She currently instructs continuing education, professional development, and graduate courses to K-12 teachers in over 40 states.

Special Instructions:

The total cost includes the NDSU professional development credit and materials will be accessible online.

Classes are self-paced and must be completed within 4 weeks from registration date.

**Registration Instructions:

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.

Registrations for this course will be taken until May 15, 2015.

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