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Common Core Webinars

New Recorded Series Starts April 15, 2015!

Teaching the Common Core will launch a new series this spring, featuring recorded workshops available 24 / 7 at your convenience.  Each session will include presentations by leading scholars and teacher leaders, classroom-ready lesson plans, and strategies to support implementation of the Common Core.  More information and advance registration available January 31, 2015.

Informational Text (November 2014 - February 2015)

Our current series, Informational Text, includes lesson plans that incorporate text exemplars listed in Appendix B of the Common Core. Teachers can participate in live online webinars, download free lessons plans and excerpted primary sources ready for classroom use, and get 30 days of free access to recorded sessions. Registration for our final two sessions, "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," (01.28.15) and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (02.11.15), will remain open until January 30, 2015. 


Each session is designed to provide you with the tools you need to improve student reading comprehension, expository writing ability, critical thinking, and historical understanding.  All sessions are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, between 4-5 pm. 

Churchill Winston Churchill "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat:  Address to Parliament on May 13, 1940."
Thomas Paine Common Sense
Margaret Chase Smith "Remarks to the Senate in Support of a Declaration of Conscience"
Martin Luther King, Jr. "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"
02.11.15 Frederick Douglass Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave


  • Excerpted text exemplars with necessary background information to help your students really understand the source and put it in its historical context.
  • Lesson plans, aligned to the Common Core and ready for classroom use
  • 30 days of 24/7 access to recorded webinars


Common Core Support at your School or District  

The CHSSP offers a variety of programs for teachers and administrators seeking to align their instruction with the Common Core State Standards.  In addition to online webinars detailed above, each of the regional sites is offering in-person Common Core programs to local schools and districts.  To learn more, write to us at chssp@ucdavis.edu.

Questions? chssp@ucdavis.edu; 530.752.0572

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