NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Common Core Intervention

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:

The implementation of Common Core State Standards across the curriculum provides a real-world approach to learning and teaching. It is increasingly essential for educators to develop students who not only are critical thinkers but innovators as well. This course, Common Core Intervention across the Curriculum helps teachers to build up such students. Section A, Standard-Based Instruction through STEM, brings together four major disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics into one cohesive system. This section includes the benefits and opportunities associated with this new education paradigm and guides teachers to customize classroom instruction so that students develop the skills they need to survive in today’s knowledge-based world. Section B, Common Core Mathematics, focuses on the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and how educators can apply those mathematical principles to everyday life. This section contains ideas, tools, and activities that teachers can use to make math interesting and fun for their students. Section C, Common Core Curriculum-Based Measures (CBM), helps teachers evaluate and monitor basic academic skills based on Common Core principles. This section contains step-by-step guidelines and examples on how teachers can use CBM tools to assess various academic areas such as letter knowledge and fluency, early math and computation fluency, and more. By completing this course teachers gain the needed confidence to implement common state standards across the curriculum.


As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, Standard-Based Instruction through STEM, students should be able to:

  • Understand the meaning of STEM.
  • Recognize the need for STEM in today’s generation.
  • Understand the different approaches of integrating STEM in the classroom.
  • Apply the STEM models in the classroom.
  • Recognize the characteristics of STEM students and teachers.
  • Integrate STEM across the curriculum.
  • Identify the curriculum and materials needed for STEM integration.
  • Design STEM curriculum and instruction for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.
  • Align instruction with Common Core State Standards.
  • Understand and apply common classroom assessments.
  • Understand the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of STEM integration.

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

  • Understand the truth about Math.
  • Recognize various math myths prevent today.
  • Understanding and applying the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  • Make math fun and interesting in the classroom.
  • Utilize various practices and tools to develop ‘mathematically confident’ students.
  • Apply different theories to motivate students towards studying math.
  • Recognize your students’ individual learning styles and customize instruction accordingly.
  • Set up the classroom that encourages students to apply Common Core principles in the classroom and the real-world.
  • Encourage students to ask questions.
  • Assess students.
  • Modify the physical classroom setting to promote math learning.

As a result of successful participation in SECTION C, Common Core Curriculum-Based Measures (CBM), students should be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of using Curriculum-Based Measures (CBM) to monitor student growth in various academic areas.
  • Understand the types of CBM probes.
  • Use CBM to identify learning disabilities.
  • Use specific CBM tools to measure letter knowledge, oral reading fluency, and reading comprehension.
  • Use specific CBM tools to measures early math and computation fluency.
  • Track student growth in written expression and spelling using CBM tools.
  • Utilize the CBM probes for testing only and not teaching.
  • Use the results obtained to plan academic interventions and increase student achievement.

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 class will be taken until May 15, 2015.

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