Answers to Important Questions about the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards


  • May 31, 2012


This webinar was the first in a series of three provided for the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) Alliance. An existing collaborative of eight districts in California formed in 2011, this alliance—Clovis, Fresno, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento City, San Francisco, and Sanger—represents over a million students and includes urban, suburban, and rural school settings in northern, central, and southern parts of the state.

The CORE Standards, Assessment, and Instruction (SAI) team, which is led by CORE’s Director of Standards, Assessment and Instruction and composed of assessment and curriculum leadership from each of the eight CORE districts, specifically requested REL West's assistance as they design, develop, and pilot test new common formative assessment modules and related professional learning for teachers.

The SAI team wanted to provide a research grounding for participants in its Summer Design Institute where such assessment modules will be developed. A series of three pre-institute webinarsone focused on English language arts, one on mathematics, and one on formative assessmentwere provided for teacher leaders attending the institute so that they come prepared to fully engage in the design of formative assessment modules tied to Common Core State Standards.

The webinar, conducted by Rochelle Herring, Founder of Transformation by Design, provided an overview of the Common Core State Standards for English language arts.

To view an archive of the webinar, click this link:
CCSS English Language Arts Webinar Archive

The PowerPoint presentation and two handouts are attached on this page in the right-hand column.

Read about and view archives of the other two webinars in this series:

For more information about this event, please contact Eric Crane,, 916.492.4080.