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Instructional Resources

7 months ago

The mission of RUSD’s Education Services Department is to provide research based leadership and support for the District’s Instructional Focus:


All students construct learning through relevant and rigorous tasks that demonstrate standards based speaking, reading, writing, creating and problem solving.

Education Services is committed to providing professional development, coaching, and instructional resources to help support teachers in all faucets of education. Throughout the teacher resource pages, you will discover well-vetted websites and materials that will help create rigorous learning experiences for your students.

If you have any resources you would like to share with the district, please email our office with your recommendations. The more tools we have in our toolbox the better, and two heads are always better than one.

Career Technical Education

7 months ago

CTE Model Curriculum Standards
The standards written for grades 7-12, specific learning goals in 58 career pathways organized around 15 industry sectors.

California's Standards and Career and Technical Education: Bridging the Divide Between College and Career Readiness
California's Standards and the implications for career and technical education

CTE Online
Database for relevant curriculum and resources.

CTE Classroom Tasks
Tasks developed with the purpose of demonstrating how CCSS and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning.

English Language Arts

7 months ago

Progression of SubSkills to Achieve Reading Standards
A Suggested Progression of Sub-skills to Achieve the Reading Standards: Foundational Skills in the California State Standards

Explanation of the Shifts in ELA and Math by Kate Gerson
Engaging video that explains the shifts in ELA and math instruction (Approx. 15 min).

Close Reading with Fisher and Frey
Video series showing teachers and students working with close reading and scaffolded reading and writing lessons across content areas and grades.

PD Modules and Online Courses for Literacy, Special Education, ELL, etc.
Collection of researched based resources for improving the achievement of all students.

Reading and Writing Project of Teachers College (Book lists, Assessments, and other teacher resources)
A learning community of teachers sharing information, research, instructional strategies, and units of study.

Newsela
An innovative way for students to build reading comprehension with relevant non-fiction texts.

ReadWorks

Collection of grade level texts to build reading skills and support classroom curriculum.

History/Social Science

7 months ago

California State Standards Initiative
An overview of the relationship between the CCSS for ELA and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.

College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards
Framework offering guidance for state social studies standards.

Library of Congress Resources
Library of Congress offers classroom materials, lesson plans, and more that meet CCSS.

Mathematics

7 months ago

Illustrative Mathematics
Illustrative Mathematics provides guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.

Inside Mathematics
This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into students learning, tools for mathematics instruction, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site. Their expanding list of resources include connecting to the CCSS for mathematics.

Dan Meyer Video: Math Class Needs a Makeover
At TEDxNYED, Dan Meyer shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think.

California State Standards K-8 Learning Progressions
“Mathematics: Kindergarten through Grade Eight Learning Progressions” professional learning module

California State K-12 Standards for Mathematical Practice
“Mathematics: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve Standards for Mathematical Practice” professional learning module.

Sample Math Performance Tasks
A collection of links to databases of math performance tasks at all levels.

Science

7 months ago

Next Generation Science Standards

Bozeman Video Series
This video series covers the concepts contained within the K-12 Next Generation Science Framework. It contains 8 practices, 7 crosscutting concepts, and 44 disciplinary core ideas.

ASCE Ville
Resources to help parents and educators guide our future civil engineers.

AMSER
AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use.

National Science Digital Library
The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is an online library which directs users to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) resources.

Technology Implementation

7 months ago

CODE.org
CODE.org's vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. They believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.​

Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.

RUSD BYOD Resources

Resources and tutorials shared at the December Bring Your Own Device Party hosted by RUSD Education Services.

Common Sense Media

A non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that provides trustworthy information and tools in a world of media and technology.

OpenEd

World's largest resource catalog aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Google Drive Lessons

Google Apps for Education step by step lessons for creating just about anything in Drive.

How to Create a Google Presentation

A presentation for teachers and students that walks the user through the process of creating a Google Presentation.

How to Create a Google Document

A presentation for teachers and students that walks the user through the process of creating a Google Document.

Chromebook 101

A Thinglink created to provide resources to introduce users to the Chromebook and all the feature it has to offer.

10 Chromebook Shortcuts Every Chromebook User Needs

An excellent blog article outlining the Chromebook shortcuts you can't live without.

30 Ways to Use Chromebooks in the Classroom

A presentation for educators as they learn how to integrate Chromebooks into their classrooms.

Landmark Websites for Teaching and Learning

The Landmark Websites are honored due to their exemplary histories of authoritative, dynamic content and curricular relevance. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover and provide a foundation to support 21st-century teaching and learning.

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning honors websites, tools, and resources of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning

The Best Apps for Teaching and Learning is a new recognition honoring apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

Universal Design for Learning

7 months ago

UDL at a Glance Video

Universal Design for Learning and the California's State Standards
A fact sheet to help parents, educators, and administrators learn more about how UDL and California's State Standards align with each other.

California's State Standards: Where does differentiation fit?
Webinar that explains why California's State Standards calls for attention to student differences and illustrates the ways differentiation supports the instructional shifts of California's new standards.