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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

 PDF  09/30/2013 (235.31 KB)
The statewide Regional Training Series "Common Core in Action" for district and school leaders of CCSS, offers trainings on the Common Core State Standards in both English Language Arts & Literacy and Mathematics.


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.
  • Oregon's Common Core Module 1
    These introductory modules comprised of six sessions are designed to assist K-12 teachers and leaders in building initial understanding of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts & Literacy.
  • Module for Literacy in Science    
    This module from the Rhode Island Department of Education can be found by clicking on "Science Educators" and "A Deeper Look at Common Core State Standards: Standards for Literacy in Science".
  • Quality Review Rubric  External Link  
    The materials on this page are designed to assist disrticts in using the Quality Review Rubric (QRR) to implement quality lessons, units, and materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
  • Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP)  External Link  
    The MAP Professional Development Modules are designed to help teachers with the practical and pedagogical challenges presented by the types of activities needed to supplement traditional classroom practice and support the Standards.
  • Achieve the Core  External Link  
    Ready-to-use modules include PowerPoints, videos, facilitator’s instructions, and hands-on activities that can be used for workshops, professional learning communities, and self-study.
  • DATA Project Module  External Link  
    This module consists of videos and supplementary materials that support the implementation of data teams. It is divided into eight lessons that correspond to steps in the data team process. GET PASSWORD


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.

  • Kim Patterson Email    (503) 947-5713
    Common Core/College and Career Readiness - Director

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