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June 20, 2014

Welcome to the website of the Standards and Instructional Support (SIS) office! As part of our continuing efforts to provide Colorado educators with support tools for the implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS), we use this front page to highlight new additions to the website. This month we have several exciting additional supports to announce.

Additional Instructional Unit Samples. An additional 20 full instructional units based on the Colorado Academic Standards in Visual Arts, Drama and Theatre Arts, Music, Comprehensive Health, Social Studies, and Reading, Writing, and Communicating have just been finalized and posted. These teacher-authored units include learning experiences, teacher and student resources, assessment ideas, and differentiation options. Each of the units posted here was authored by a team of Colorado educators. As examples, they are intended to provide support (or conversation/creation starting points) for teachers, schools, and districts as they make their own local decisions around the best instructional plans and practices for all students.

Literacy Design Collaborative Modules. The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a national community of educators providing a teacher-designed and research-proven framework, online tools, and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments across content areas. Many Colorado teachers are currently using LDC modules in their classrooms to support authentic and content-specific reading and writing practices. In an effort to provide quality resources and tools to support the implementation of the Colorado Academic Standards, educators have begun creating LDC modules to augment/support the secondary sample instructional units (grades 6-12) in reading, writing, and communicating, science, comprehensive health, and social studies.  Example modules are currently available in each of these content areas with more to come in the next few months.

Instructional-Unit Webinars. In early April, each of the content specialists in the office of Standards and Instructional Support hosted informational webinars on the unit development process and the unique components/aspects of the units in their content areas. The recordings of these webinars are available now. Over the next few months, we plan on hosting additional webinars around the instructional units. Please feel free to email any of the content specialists or myself with suggestions for future webinars.

 

Keep checking these webpages as we consider our options for increasing the supportive capacity of these standards-implementation resources!

As always, we strive to ensure that visitors find value in their (re)visits to this website; that its content will consistently represent relevant, usable, and timely information/materials. Please let us know how we are doing!

Brian Sevier
Director of Standards and Instructional Support


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