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Internet giant Amazon recently launched a new service called Inspire, designed as an interface with “open” or free educational resources. (press release)  Educators across the nation can go to Inspire to access teaching modules, lessons, activities and more, or to upload and share their own content or links.

Several months ago, Amazon approached our team about sharing the content we curated and/or developed for sharing in Common Core Connect. Since that initial contact, we've uploaded approximately 1,000 of our valuable resources to Inspire, making Tulare County Office of Education California’s largest Inspire content contributor to date.

An additional 500 TCOE-created resources will be shared with Amazon Inspire in the future. 

Professional Development Catalog

We continue to offer incredibly valuable training opportunities for school and district leadership teams as well as classroom teachers. 

Using our Professional Development Catalog, find ways to add emerging technologies to your curriculum, ensuring you are on the right path toward California Standards success, and incorporating 21st Century skills and learning techniques into your classroom.

Learn how you can also register electronically for Fresno Pacific University continuing education units for TCOE PD courses.

Content areas are color-coded for handy reference, and descriptions updated to ensure you know exactly what you'll need to help reach your school and/or district's PD-based goals. 


ESSA Update
ESSA Regional Stakeholder Meetings

As part of California’s transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), California must submit an ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education. The State Plan will describe the State’s implementation of standards, assessment, accountability, and assistance programs and will move us toward California’s goal of having a single, coherent local, state, and federal education system. The California Department of Education (CDE) is committed to ensuring a transparent transition to the new law and developing an ESSA State Plan that is informed by the voices of diverse Californians.
The CDE and several county offices of education across the state are partnering to host a series of regional stakeholder meetings to provide an overview of the ESSA and an update on the development of the ESSA State Plan and to consult with stakeholders regarding what should be included in the State Plan. All interested members of the public are encouraged to participate. Information about these events is available on the ESSA State Plan Development Opportunities Web page


Based upon the CA ELA/ELD & Mathematics Frameworks and the CA ELD Standards, these documents highlight positive practices in ELA, ELD & Mathematics instructional challenges we can work to overcome.

Green Lights are the "GO" practices, and Red Flags denote practices to phase out.

Green Lights & Red Flags for Designated and Integrated ELD in California (Adobe PDF)

Green Lights & Red Flags for CCSS Literacy Implementation (Adobe PDF)

Green Lights & Red Flags for CCSS Mathematics Implementation (Adobe PDF)

Content was developed by the Common Core Connect team, in collaboration with Sue Beers.

The Heart of Coaching

This three-day professional development series is designed for administrators, academic coaches, and teacher leaders interested in further developing their communication and feedback skills in order to support strategic implementation initiatives. 
A new cohort is available - register now!  
Sept 27-28 & Oct 25, 2016 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
$500 per person, includes books, materials, lunches
Informational flyer

For more information: 
Email Marla Martin or call her at (559) 651-3014.


 CCSS Walkthrough Feedback Form Available

Our consulting team has developed a useful walkthrough tool, built using the Forms tool within Google Drive.  This form allows you to choose an emphasis on Literacy Instructional Shifts, Mathematics Instructional Shifts, or 21st Century Skills, and offers feedback for teachers to hone their skills.  

The form is not intended to be an evaluative tool, and both teacher and observer can use the tool together for the benefit of the teacher and students.

If you'd like to receive a copy of the CCSS Walkthrough Feedback Form to edit and use for your own district or school, please email Steve Woods for more information and assistance.