This is a Phase I Arizona’s Common Core Standards English Language Arts training starting on January 29. This five-day training provides participants with all the necessary information and training materials for Arizona’s Common Core Standards in English Language Arts instruction. The trainings run for five weeks, and are held every Tuesday from January 29- February 26 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Arizona Charter Schools Association’s Office in Phoenix .
Module 1: January 29: The Introduction and Overview - Participants will build awareness of the design of the document; consider what is covered and not covered in the standards; understand the characteristics of a college and career ready student; and understand how to read the document.
Module 2: February 5: Making Sense of the Appendices - Participants will be able to articulate the research that supports the need for the increased text complexity; apply understanding of text complexity to identify grade level text samples and performance tasks; build awareness of the exemplars of student writing; understand the purpose and intent of the alignment document.
Module 3: February 12: Rigor - Participants will be able to understand that Cognitive Demand and Depth of Knowledge are taxonomies similar to Bloom's Taxonomy; define rigor; and use the Hess Matrix to better understand Depth of Knowledge.
Module 4: February 19: Deconstructing the Standard - Participants will be able to deconstruct the standards to gain a deeper knowledge of the embedded skills and rigor layers within the across grade level bands and use a constructed standard and knowledge of rigor to brainstorm a set of questioning strategies and/or activity ideas for use in the classroom.
Module 5: February 26: Assessment - Participants will review current information about the PARCC assessments and examine the Model Content Frameworks for each grade level band and consider how these documents should be used at their site.