As EGUSD continues the journey of implementing the California Common Core State Standards, resources particularly helpful for administrators as well as handouts provided during administrative professional learning opportunities will be available on this page.

Professional Development – 2014-2015

Elementary School Administrators 
EGUSD’s Curriculum and Professional Learning Department is offering a series of workshops for elementary administrators for the second year.  The Power Points and other resources used in the trainings are archived below after each part (module) is provided. (Scroll down to see the modules and resources for 2013-2014.)

Module 4: Rigorous Reading Book Study – Ch. 6, “Demonstrating Understanding and Assessing Performance”

Module 4 PowerPoint – Module 4 focused on writing as a means of assessing student understanding and ability to access complex text. Administrators were provided with resources that EGUSD teachers were receiving in their CCSS Collaborative Learning workshops which tied to the integrated approach of connecting reading and writing. The administrative workshop used the children’s story, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt as a common text for demonstrating the following were key points of the chapter: 1) model before you expect, 2) pose questions that require students to return to the text, 30 ask students to provide evidence to support their opinions and ideas, 4) require students to write rhetorically.

Analyzing Text Complexity Handout – Prior to modeling the key points, a demonstration for analyzing text complexity was done using second grade standards. The demo was a think-aloud to consider teaching points of a text when examining connections to standards via quantitative, qualitative, and reader/task demands.

Sample Writing Prompts for Writing Rhetorically – To illustrate how a writing task is tied to a reading standard, this document provides sample writing prompts for the children’s story, The Day the Crayons Quit. This is NOT suggesting that the same children’s story be used in K-6. Rather, its purpose was to show a gradual change in task complexity as the Reading-Literature standard #7 (RL – 7) moved from kindergarten through the grades.

Sample Writing Prompts for Writing Rhetorically – As a means of writing rhetorically, this graphic organizer was used to record evidence connected with RL – 7 and then provide corresponding student thinking/explanation.

Module 3: Rigorous Reading Book Study – Ch. 4, “Collaborative Conversations”

Module 3 PowerPoint – Module 3 focused on the critical nature of collaborative conversations in the classroom and the factors of appropriate task complexity: 1) designs that require students to work together, 2) structures that elevate academic language, 3) the presence of grade level work, and 4) the opportunity for productive failure. An emphasis on teaching students how to have collaborative conversations was provided.

Module 2: Rigorous Reading Book Study

Module 2 PowerPoint – Module 2 kicked off the book study of Dr. Doug Fisher and Dr. Nancy Frey’s work, Rigorous Reading, chapter 1. The focus on this module was to “own” the reading standards for the purpose of being able to analyze a text’s complexity and understand how that might impact instruction.

Staff Meeting Ppt. – Standards Sort – This ppt. is comprised of excerpted slides from the administrative module. The intent is to provide a resource for administrators who are providing opportunities for their teachers to dig into standards and understand their connection with the College and Career Readiness standards as well as links to ELD standards.

Module 1: ELA & ELD Connections

Module 1 PowerPoint – Connecting ELA and ELD was the topic of K-6 preservice, and this ppt. provides administrators with information regarding the official roll-out of ELD standards as well as how ELA and ELD work as “partner” standards.

Supporting PowerPoint: ELA & ELD Classroom Instruction  – Slides from the Module 1 ppt. were taken and saved into this resource for administrators to use with their sites, if they so desire. It walks participants through an activity which looks at selected ELA and ELD standards, and then asks participants to generate the type of classroom instruction that would represent both standards. This is NOT to imply that these standards are somehow more important than the other ELD standards; it is just meant as a starting place for mastery.

ELA & ELD Classroom Instruction Handout – This handout is used with the prior PowerPoint.

“Focus” ELD Standards – Recognizing that mastering a deep knowledge of all Common Core standards–ELA, ELD and Math–is a daunting task, CPL and LSS are introducing the ELD standards in “layers” to narrow the scope of learning and to make the task of “owning” standards more doable. This handout identifies six ELD standards with which to start one’s deep learning.


K-12 Articulation PowerPoint – The PowerPoint shown on Sept. 12, 2013, was intended to increase general understanding of the shifts one would see in Common Core-aligned instruction.

Research Supporting Key Elements of the ELA CCSS – Appendix A of the CCSS ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects provides commentary and background information about the standards.

Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks – Appendix B of the CCSS for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects provides background information about grade-level text exemplars. One of the best resources is the grade-specific reading performance task examples that highlight the rigor expected from students to demonstrate proficiency of reading standards. This is recommended as a reference for sites creating their own common assessments.

Samples of Student Writing – Appendix C of the CCSS for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects provides K-12 student writing samples with commentary as to why each sample represents proficiency of grade-level standards. This is an excellent reference for sites focused on writing instruction. The ELA Steering Committee will be working during 2012-13 to provide additional student writing samples.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – This website contains a wealth of information about assessments and related resources.  It includes sample assessments and performance tasks as well as tools for gauging technological readiness for assessments. – This website of the non-profit organization Student Achievement Partners is contributed to by CCSS co-authors. This is an excellent resource to pass onto teachers as it provides background info, lesson planning ideas, videos and more.

FAQs for the CCSS Pacing Guides – This page of FAQs clarifies the intended use of the ELA Pacing Guides that were provided to third-through-sixth grade teachers in July/August 2012.

Reading Pyramid – The Common Core State Standards acknowledge the importance of the foundational skills of reading for our youngest students. The pyramid below was provided as a tool to EGUSD elementary administrators as a manner of visualizing various components of a comprehensive reading program. The foundational skills of phonemic awareness, letter sounds and phonics, concepts of print, and the building of background knowledge are all critical in the earliest elementary years. For older elementary students who are struggling with grade level reading, it may be necessary to assess the presence of these foundational skills as a potential root cause of reading difficulty. It should be noted that for all levels, including first grade, kindergarten, and transitional kindergarten, comprehension of written material is the capstone skill.


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Professional Development – 2013-2014

Elementary School Administrators
EGUSD’s Curriculum and Professional Learning Department is offering a ten-part series of workshops for elementary administrators.  The Power Points and other resources used in the trainings are archived below after each part (module) is provided.

Module 7 – Reading Comprehension, Part II (Dec. 4 & 6, 2013)

Module 7 PowerPoint – Reading Comprehension Part II – The intent of this PowerPoint was to take participants through a close reading experience with an excerpt about rigor and then debrief the experience as both a participant and as an instructional leader.

Close Reading Questions for Rigor Excerpt – These were the questions used during the close read experience.

User’s Guide for Creating Sets of Text Dependent Questions – This guide was adapted from resources found at the Achieve the Core website and is intended to provide more guidance to educators in determining appropriate standards, creating sets of text dependent questions, and crafting a culminating task.

NOTE: The 3-column, Standards Alignment Guides (used to help guide teachers in determining appropriate standards for a text, providing sample question stems, and listing discreet skills students must have to demonstrate mastery of each standard) can be found on each grade level page under the ELA tab. They have been created for grades K-12.

Module 6 – Reading Comprehension, Part I (Oct. 25 & 29, 2013)

Module 6 PowerPoint – Reading Comprehension, Part I – This PowerPoint includes functioning hyperlinks to the videos used in the training.


Module 5 – Vocabulary (Oct. 1 & 4, 2013)

Module 5 PowerPoint – Vocabulary


Module 4 – Reading Foundational Skills Part II/Language

Module 4 PowerPoint- Foundational Skills and Language – This PowerPoint contains specific information related to phonemic awareness, fluency, and an overview of Language standards.

Fluency Benchmark Targets by Open Court Unit

Fluency Activities – These were some of the fluency activities shared that came from the Florida Center for Reading Research. Additional activities can be found at their site:

Fluency Decision-Making Tree – This document helps determine “next steps” after teachers have given a fluency and analyzed miscues. Last revised 10-9-13.


Module 2 – Implementing the CCSS – Print Concepts & Phonological Awareness

Module 2 PowerPoint – Print Concepts & Phonological Awareness

Resources to Support CCSS Reading – Foundational Skills – This document was intended to provide additional resources for student attainment of phonological awareness skills. All kindergarten training attendees were provided a copy as well as one copy for each first grade team per site.

Module 1 – Overview of CCSS: A Focus on Early Literacy

Module 1 PowerPoint – A Focus on Early Literacy – An overview of the CCSS; training provided to elementary administrators during April, 2013 (This is a revised version based on the feedback received on April 2.)

Resources/Notes Handout-Module 1

EXHIBIT A – Open Court reading questions

EXHIBIT B – “Higher level” questions

EXHIBIT C – CCSS-aligned reading questions

Anchor Standards w/K-3 trace of standards RL 3, RL 5, and RIT 7

Structured Student Interaction Handout

Writing Prompt Sort


Middle and High School Administrators 

Administrative Resource Page – Secondary principals’ collaborative effort to generate questions and “next steps” ideas for the implementation of CCSS at their individual sites

Reference sheet ELA CCSS – ELA standards listed as topics/skills for quick reference. Please note that this is for reference only and should NOT supplant the verbiage of the actual standards.

Gradual Release of Responsibility & CCSS Literacy Standards – This PowerPoint was shown at the 10/23/12 Secondary Principals’ Meeting.