Oregon Department of Education

Common Core State Standards - Professional Learning

CCSS Much research has been done on effective professional development. Professional development that is focused, ongoing, job-embedded, and relevant to teachers' everyday work with students is more likely to have a lasting impact on their practice. The Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that lead to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results.

Effective professional development will be critical to successful implementation of the Common Core. Though there is no "one size fits all" approach to providing this professional development, as implementation moves forward resources to support these needs will be added to the toolkit.

District/ESD Professional Learning Teams

District Professional Learning Teams are collaborative teams of teachers and building/district administrators who support district-wide implementation of the Oregon Framework (SB290/ESEA waiver) and the Common Core State Standards in a manner specific to each district’s needs.

Regional CCSS Series

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The spring series offered in multiple locations around the state offered practical strategies for assessment that improve instructional design. Materials from presentations have been archived on this site.


The resources listed below are designed to engage educators over multiple sessions. Many include facilitator guides and handouts in addition to the presentation.
  • CCSS Professional Learning Modules (California)  External Link  
    The California Department of Education (CDE) worked with experts in the field to develop professional learning modules (PLMs) that support educators in delivering curriculum aligned to the CCSS to all pupils. The modules are housed on the Brokers of Expertise Web site and are available online at no cost. The modules were intended to be used by educators independently or as a face-to-face presentation.
  • Learning Forward Module for CCSS Implementation  External Link  
    These resources were created to help principals and teacher leaders develop their capacity to facilitate school-based collaborative professional learning focused on teaching and learning. The four units cover key topics in leading professional learning tied to implementing content standards.


This section contains tools that educators may find useful as they consider their professional development needs related to the Common Core.
  • Professional Development Needs Assessments    
    Grade level surveys have been developed allowing teachers to rate their need for training for each CCSS standard.
  • Videos  External Link  
    Find over 100 video examples of Common Core instruction on The Teaching Channel website by clicking on "Common Core" on the left hand menu.
  • Smarter Balanced Sample Summative Items for Teachers    
    These sample items have been provided by Smarter Balanced as preliminary examples of the types of items that students might encounter on the summative assessment. Each item includes a reference to the target standard(s) it addresses, the student text, and evaluation rubrics, where appropriate.


This section includes national resources focused on professional development.
  • CCSSM: Recommendations for Professional Development PDF  External Link  
    The recommendations in this report are intended to support large-scale, system-level implementation of professional development initiatives aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).
  • Meet the Promise of Content Standards: Professional Learning Required  External Link  
    Outlining a vision for educators supported through high-quality professional learning, this brief from Learning Forward, Meet the Promise of Content Standards: Professional Learning Required, describes elements of effective professional learning as well as recommendations for action for educators at the federal, state, system, school, and individual level.
  • Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning  External Link  
    Standards for Professional Learning outline the characteristics of professional learning that leads to effective teaching practices, supportive leadership, and improved student results.