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Resources for CCR Standards-Based Instruction (SBI)

The following resources for standards-based instruction are adapted from the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education’s College and Career Readiness Standards-in-Action (CCR SIA) materials.

 

Understanding the Standards: Unpacking Charts

As stated in the 2009 Standards-in-Action manual, “In implementing standards, the first priority is to make sure instructors clearly understand the meaning and intent of the standards-what knowledge and skills are to be taught and learned.” By “unpacking” a set of standards with their colleagues, instructors realize the opportunity for inquiry, reflection and collaboration about how to use the standards and what the outcomes should be.

Templates for Unpacking the CCR Standards for English/Language Arts

Templates for Unpacking the CCR Standards for Mathematics

Completed Standards for Mathematics Unpacking Templates (Grades 3-8/B-D)

 

The Key Advances (Shifts) for CCRS English Language Arts Instruction

All English/Language Arts instruction should incorporate these three key shifts: Complexity, Evidence and Knowledge.

Resources for Determining Levels of Complexity: Is the text worth reading? In what ways does the text(s) meet the quantitative and qualitative measurements of text complexity? These resources offer adult educators tools to make informed decisions regarding the complexity of a selected text.

Text Complexity Model (727K PDF)
S’more About Text Complexity (260K PDF)
Quantitative Analysis Chart for Determining Text Complexity (76K PDF)
Access to Quantitative Analysis Tools (48K PDF)
Literary Text Qualitative Measures Rubric (69K PDF)
Informational Text Qualitative Measures Rubric (71K PDF)

Resources for Citing Evidence from a Text: Do instructors present questions and activities that require the student to draw conclusions about the text based on evidence? These resources aid instructors in text-dependent questioning strategies.

Progression of Text Dependent Questions (402K PDF)
Guide to Developing Text Dependent Questions and Writing Prompts (76K PDF)
Checklist for Evaluating Question Quality (58K PDF)
Text Dependent Question Frames (155K PDF)
Text Dependent Questions Graphic Organizer (65K PDF)

 

Resources for Building Knowledge: Do texts contain information worth knowing? Do they build knowledge in a topic or make connections among content domains? These resources explain how to help students build knowledge and connect to the domains of Social Studies and Science.

Promoting the Volume of Reading to Build Knowledge (90K PDF)
Connecting to Other Domains of Social Studies (101K PDF)
Resources for Building Knowledge in RLA (20K WORD)
Resources for Building Knowledge in Social Studies (20K WORD)
Resources for Building Knowledge in Science (25K WORD)
Building knowledge through Content Rich Non-Fiction

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The Key Advances (Shifts) for CCRS Mathematics Instruction

All mathematics instruction should incorporate these three key shifts: Focus, Coherence and Rigor.

Resources for Determining the Major Work of the Level (Focus Standards): Is instructional time being spent on standards that comprise the Major Work of the Level (MWOTL)? These resources identify which concepts and standards should be the focus of instruction for each level of the CCRS.

CCR Standards for Mathematics Progressions Document (361K PDF)
Major Work of the Level List (16K WORD)
Guide to Effectively Managing HIgher-Level Content Standards in Mathematics (472K PDF) -- This guide from OCTAE will assist instructors in determining how to organize their instructional time to concentrate on areas of focus for Levels D and E content. 

Resources for Designing Instruction in a Coherent Progression: Is all instruction an extension of prior learning? These resources help instructors ensure that math content within and across levels is presented in a coherent manner.

CCR Standards for Mathematics Progressions Document (361K PDF)
Coherence Map

Resources for Rigor: Rigor in mathematics refers to equal measures of conceptual understanding of key concepts, procedural skill and fluency, and rigorous application of mathematics in real-world contexts. These articles and videos explore the three components of rigor.

Rigor in Instruction (16K WORD)
Fluency: Simply Fast and Accurate? I Think Not! (16K WORD)
Building Conceptual Understanding for Mathematics
Practical Applications of Mathematics in Everyday Life

 

CCR Standards-Aligned Curriculum: English/Language Arts Resource Alignment Charts

Because curriculum resources often dictate not only what is taught, but also how and in what sequence, the need for standards-aligned resources is essential. These tools assist instructors in understanding the key instructional shifts demanded by the CCR Standards in order to evaluate and revise their resources.

English/Language Arts Resource Alignment Tool (97K WORD)– This template with its support documents offers adult educators a tool for analyzing the alignment of resources to the CCR Standards for English/Language Arts and their three key instructional shifts, Text Complexity, Evidence, Knowledge.

Support Documents:

Access to Quantitative Analysis Tools (43K WORD)
Quantitative Analysis Chart for Determining Text Complexity (76K PDF)
Checklist for Evaluating Question Quality (58K PDF)

 

CCR Standards-Aligned Curriculum: Mathematics Resource Alignment Charts

Because curriculum resources often dictate not only what is taught, but also how and in what sequence, the need for standards-aligned resources is essential. These tools assist instructors in understanding the key instructional shifts demanded by the CCR Standards in order to evaluate and revise their resources.

Mathematics Resource Alignment Tool (48K WORD) – This template and its support documents enable adult educators to evaluate the alignment of resources to the CCR Standards for Mathematics in relation to their three key instructional shifts, Focus, Coherence, Rigor.

Support Documents:

CCR Content Progressions (78K WORD)
Standards for Mathematical Practice (25K WORD)
Mathematics Resource Revision Template (22K WORD)

 

CCR-Aligned English/Language Arts Lessons and Assignments

Instructional units and lessons created or adapted by adult educators for adult education students often represent the most relevant and effective resources available. These tools assist instructors in creating uniform curriculum that can be shared with their peers.

RLA/Science/Social Studies Lesson Plan Template (343K WORD) - KYAE Skills U offers this lesson plan template to English/Language Arts instructors not only for classroom use, but also as a hard copy of the digital template used for submissions to the KYAE Skills U Lesson Bank.

Guide to the RLA/Science/Social Studies Lesson Plan Template (450K WORD) - This document offers information on each section of the RLA/Science/Social Studies Lesson Plan Template and guiding questions for instructors to consider when planning a CCR Standards-based lesson.

KYAE Skills U Lesson Bank Review Rubric for RLA/Science/Social Studies Lessons (343K WORD) - This document aligns with the lesson plan template for RLA/Science/Social Studies and details the content desired for inclusion into the KYAE Skills U Lesson Bank.

Focus on Student Work:
English/Language Arts Assignment- Student Work Protocol Template (450K PDF) - This template is divided into the four steps that comprise CCR SIA's Critical Friends Groups (118K WORD) activity, Focus on Assignments. As instructors collaborate to analyze student work, it should be used to guide their discussion and determine revisions that would strengthen the assignment.

English/Language Arts- Redesigned Assignment Template (161K PDF) – This template guides the critical friends group to redesign and strengthen the assignment for tighter alignment with the targeted CCR standards.

Feedback Checklists (241K PDF) – Effective feedback is an essential element of instruction. This form encourages the members of the critical friends group to reflect on the manner in which feedback was either given or received during the Focus on Assignments activity.

 

CCR-Aligned Mathematics Lessons and Assignments

Instructional units and lessons created or adapted by adult educators for adult education students often represent the most relevant and effective resources available. These tools assist instructors in creating uniform curriculum that can be shared with their peers.

Mathematics/Science/Social Studies Lesson Plan Template (340K WORD) - KYAE Skills U offers this lesson plan template to mathematics instructors not only for classroom use, but also as a hard copy of the digital template used for submissions to the KYAE Skills U Lesson Bank.

Guide to the Mathematics/Science/Social Studies Lesson Plan Template (387K WORD) - This document offers information on each section of the Mathematics/Science/Social Studies Lesson Plan Template and guiding questions for instructors to consider when planning a CCR Standards-based lesson.

KYAE Lesson Bank Review Rubric for Mathematics/Science/Social Studies Lessons (151K WORD) - This document aligns with the lesson plan template for Mathematics/Science/Social Studies and details the content desired for inclusion into the KYAE Skills U Lesson Bank.

Focus on Student Work:
Mathematics - Student Work Protocol Template (355K PDF) - This template is divided into the four steps that comprise CCR SIA's Critical Friends Groups (118K WORD) activity, Focus on Assignments. As instructors collaborate to analyze student work, it should be used to guide their discussion and determine revisions that would strengthen the assignment.

Mathematics - Redesigned Assignment Template (161K PDF) - This template guides the critical friends group to redesign and strengthen the assignment for tighter alignment with the targeted CCR standards.

Feedback Checklists (241K PDF) – Effective feedback is an essential element of instruction. This form encourages the members of the critical friends group to reflect on the manner in which feedback was either given or received during the Focus on Assignments activity.

 

Observing CCR Standards-Based Instruction

“Classroom observations are a hallmark of standards-based instructional leadership.” They can be used in a variety of ways – to monitor for consistency across classrooms, determine professional development needs, uncover staff apprehensions, identify strengths, and promote professional dialog. KYAE Skills U's observation tool and support documents borrow not only from the CCR SIA materials, but also OCTAE’s Adult Education Teacher Competencies.

NEW! KYAE Skills U Classroom Observation Tool -- hyperlink-enhanced (32K WORD)

KYAE Skills U Classroom Observation Tool Guide (161K WORD)

KYAE Skills U Classroom Observation Tool - Horizontal (154K WORD)

KYAE Skills U Classroom Observation Tool - Vertical (29K WORD)

KYAE Skills U Classroom Observation Tool - Acronyms and Glossary of Terms (18K WORD)

Instructional Indicators with Sample RLA Illustrations (61K WORD)

Instructional Indicators with Sample Math Illustrations (58K WORD)

Instructional Indicators with Sample Illustrations for RLA, Math and ELA (41K WORD)

Informal Observation Graphic Organizer (12K WORD)

Aggregation and Summary of Observation Data Sample (46K WORD)

Aggregation and Summary of Observation Data Form (20K XSL)

 

SBI Implementation by KYAE Skills U Programs

Stage 1 Guiding Questions: Assessing the Context for Scaling Up (17K WORD)

Stage 2 Guiding Questions: Garnering Stakeholder Support (18K WORD)

Stage 3 Guiding Questions: Integrating the SIA Innovations into the Current Infrastructure (22K WORD)

Stage 4 Guiding Questions: Full Implementation! (15K WORD)

KYAE Skills U Elements of Standards-Based Instruction (181K PDF) -- This list of Standards-based Instruction Elements embraces the Five Effective Teaching and Learning Practices as identified in the Standards-in-Action Innovations and other characteristics of quality instruction. These elements are offered to programs as a starting point in the development of their SBI Implementation Plans.

 

KYAE Skills U Standards-Based Professional Development

During 2011-2014, the focus of KYAE Skills U’s required professional development for all instructors and program directors was to introduce each of the four Standards-in-Action(SIA) Innovations for Standards-Based Education, initially using the Common Core State Standards and then moving to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. The facilitator guides and professional development materials for each of the four units are offered below. Find updated CCRS materials at LINCS.

3-Year Standards PD Plan at a Glance (286K PDF)

Year 1 and Year 2:

Year 3:

Standards-in-Action Guide (934K PDF)

SIA Terminology (442K PDF)