Common Core State Standards in Literacy, Grades 3-8

Presented by: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

States across the union are adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which (in the language of their developers) “provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.” Through workshop footage, classroom footage, and interviews, this course, focused on the CCSS for English Language Arts, will prepare educators to satisfy the standards’ main goals by selecting appropriate texts for their students, developing lesson plans focused on close reading and text-based discussion, mastering the art of checking for understanding through a variety of tasks, and linking assessments with instruction. Educators will learn how to render their students increasingly and effectively responsible for their learning and how to differentiate instruction even as they align their instruction and assessment to the standards.


45 Clock Hours $279 View Syllabus Add To Cart

1 Graduate Credit ** $304 View Syllabus Add To Cart

3 Graduate Credits $499 View Syllabus Add To Cart


** Plus additional fee of $55 payable to Adams State University at course completion. See Program Details for more information.

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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher

Doug Fisher—whose awards include the Innovation Award from the Academy of Educational Publishers, the Elva Knight Research Award from the International Reading Association, and the Farmer Award for Excellent in Writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, among many others—is a professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. In addition to teaching on the college and high school levels, Fisher has been a co-director at the Center for the Advancement of Reading and policy fellow at the National Association of State Boards of Education. Fisher is the author of numerous articles (many with co-presenter Nancy Frey) for such publications as Principal Leadership, Educational Leadership, and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. He is also author, co-author, and/or editor of multiple books, including, with Frey, Teaching Students to Read Like Detectives: Comprehending, Analyzing, and Discussing Text (Solution Tree), The Purposeful Classroom: How to Structure Lessons with Learning Goals in Mind (ASCD), and, with D. Lapp, Handbook of researching on teaching the English Language Arts (Taylor & Francis). He has also participated in plentiful funded projects all relevant to education and literacy.

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor of Literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. She is the recipient of the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference, as well as a co-recipient of the Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. In addition to publishing with her colleague, Doug Fisher, she teaches a variety of courses in SDSU’s teacher-credentialing and reading specialist programs on elementary and secondary reading instruction, literacy in content areas, and supporting students with diverse learning needs. Nancy is a credentialed special educator and reading specialist in California, and is co-editor of the NCTE journal, Voices from the Middle. She is privileged to learn with and from students and teachers at Health Sciences High and Middle College every day.