Overview Of Common Core – ccss500 (3 credits)

This course focuses on the foundations and future of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in educational settings. Participants examine strategies for administrators and teachers that promote P-12 student progress and student success in higher education and careers. Special attention is given to issues surrounding the implementation and assessment of CCSS at the local level.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

CCSS and Mathematics

  • Create grade-level strategies that stress students' conceptual understanding of key mathematical ideas and organizing principles.
  • Align CCSS to instruction and assessment practices in mathematics.
  • Analyze the role of administrators in supporting the implementation of CCSS in mathematics.
  • Integrate evidence-based and STEM resources into mathematics lesson plans.

CCSS Across the Curriculum

  • Align CCSS to curriculum, assessment, and student experiences across the curriculum.
  • Analyze the role of administrators in building consensus school- and community-wide for CCSS.
  • Compare grade-level academic expectations and CCSS benchmarks across the curriculum.
  • Create strategies that reflect differences in student abilities, needs, learning rates, and achievement levels.

Future Trends of CCSS

  • Identify current benefits, issues, and trends of CCSS.
  • Compare leadership challenges facing teachers and administrators in implementing CCSS.
  • Project future benefits, issues, and trends of CCSS.
  • Evaluate the role of data, assessment, and curriculum monitoring in the implementation of CCSS.


  • All objectives apply.


  • Describe the impetus for and development of CCSS.
  • Explain the global and technological influences on the foundations of CCSS.
  • Identify CCSS authors and stakeholders.
  • Compare CCSS to other educational reforms, standardization models, and legislative initiatives.

CCSS and English Language Arts

  • Align CCSS to English Language Arts instruction and assessment practices.
  • Analyze the role of administrators in supporting the implementation of CCSS in English Language Arts.
  • Incorporate nonfiction, technology, and evidence-based literacy resources into lesson plans.
  • Create grade-level strategies that integrate literacy in history, social studies, science, and technology subjects.

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