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Welcome to the Introduction to the College and Career Readiness Standards: A Classroom- centered Approach to Standards Integration! In this course, we will be discussing the CCRS and the impact that they have on classrooms.

Audience: Classroom instructors and Program Leaders

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss the College and Career Readiness Standards
  • Explain the instructional changes that are a result of the CCRS
  • Identify CCRS-aligned resources, activities, and assessments
  • Create CCRS-aligned lesson plans.

The course format is asynchronous in nature, meaning you complete the course at your own pace. A new module unlocks each week for 5 weeks, but only after you have completed the previous module. You’ll be able to look back at previous modules any time you’d like, and of course you can pause and re-watch any portions of the videos as needed. The video must be watched in its entirety for the quiz to unlock.  Click "SAVE VIDEO PROGRESS" before exiting the video.

All materials referenced in this course are in the Course Materials folder.

Each week, you’ll view the module video and then complete a module quiz and extended response. Some weeks, you’ll be uploading an assignment as well, such as a completed lesson plan. You’ll upload your Word (.doc) file as your last action in the quiz for weeks where assignments are due. Only one document can be uploaded, so on weeks when more than one template is used, combine them into one document for upload.

Note that you also can’t move on until at least an 80% is achieved on the quiz, and note that your extended response will be reviewed by the facilitator. A facilitator dashboard keeps us updated on your progress, and if you’re taking the course as part of your agency’s professional development requirements, your agency will be informed of your status on a regular basis.

If you encounter an issue at any point, navigate to the Technical Support tab on the right-hand side of the screen within the course.



The introduction of the Common Core State Standards (and their cousin, the College and Career Readiness Standards for adult education) has been a hot topic for years.  But what is so revolutionary about the standards, and what are the key elements of them?

In module 1, we will meet the standards—what are the CCRS, and how did they come about?

  • Describe the history of the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)
  • Discuss the importance of standards-based education
  • Identify key elements of the CCRS

Module 1 Assignments

  • Watch the video for Module 1
  • Review the ELA and math standards documents
  • Review Appendix B for both math and ELA
  • Complete the Module 1 quiz and extended response

1 Quiz, 1 Video

In Module 1, we learned about the key elements of the CCRS, but what impact are they having on classrooms?  In short, ELA instructors are finding that text is king while math instructors are slowing instruction, taking students deeper into pertinent content of importance.

In Module 2, we will talk about the changes in instruction because of the CCRS.

  • Define the key shifts in instructional practices as a result of the CCRS
  • Identify and employ the key shifts of ELA
  • Identify and employ the key shifts of math

Module 2 Assignments

  • Watch the Module 2 video
  • Review the math and ELA key shifts documents
  • Complete the Module 2 quiz and extended response
  • Identify a math resource and an ELA resource you use—you’ll need it for Module 3

For more information on the key shifts in instruction, visit my blog and podcast page. Episodes 1 and 3 of the podcast are all about the key shifts.

1 Video, 1 Quiz

Now that we know what changes in instruction have resulted from the standards, let's start to identify materials that best meet the rigor of the standards to prepare students for their assessments and for college/career.

In Module 3, we’ll dive in to the resources you use every day to see how they measure up to the demands of the CCRS.

  • Identify elements of CCRS-aligned resources
  • Evaluate ELA resources in light of the CCRS key shifts
  • Evaluate math resources in light of the CCRS key shifts

Module 3 Assignments

  • Watch the Module 3 video
  • Align both a math and an ELA resource using the resource alignment tools
  • Complete the Module 3 quiz and extended response
  • Upload your completed alignment tools, being sure to list the resource name and notes in each section

1 Quiz, 1 Video

The next step in our standards journey is creating activities and assessments that use our fabulously-aligned resources.  Let's identify the skills in the standards and create some student-centered tools for practice and evaluation.

In Module 4, you’ll learn about creating standards-based activities and assessments.

  • Identify academic skills in the CCRS
  • Create activities that align with CCRS academic skills
  • Create assessments that align with CCRS academic skills

Module 4 Assignments

  • Watch the Module 4 video
  • Complete the Activity and Assessment worksheet for either math or ELA
  • Complete the Module 4 quiz and extended response
  • Upload the Activity Assessment Worksheet

1 Video, 1 Quiz

We're in the home stretch!  Using all of our standards knowledge, we can now create full CCRS-based lessons with confidence that our students will be taught and assessed using materials that align to the standards.

In the final module of the course, we will pull everything we have learned together to create a standards-aligned lesson plan.

  • Review prior concepts of the CCRS
  • Discuss key elements of standards-based lesson planning
  • Develop a standards-based lesson plan

Module 5 Assignments

  • Watch the Module 5 video
  • Write and upload either a math or ELA lesson plan
  • Complete the Module 5 quiz and extended response
  • Complete the course post-assessment
  • Download and print the course completion certificate
  • Download any course materials you want to keep

2 Quiz, 1 Video


Great question! Susan Roberts of SCR Consulting has trained thousands of adult educators across the country through engaging in-person workshops and seminars on a variety of adult education practices. Using her knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, she utilizes research-based, practical approaches to introducing the same content effectively in an online environment. Rather than simply reading text on a screen, SCR Academy courses utilize module videos with Susan as your guide as you journey through the content. Project-based learning activities bring the concepts into the classroom with guidance from SCR Academy facilitators along the way.
Upon payment—either by your agency’s provided enrollment key or through credit card—you will be enrolled in the course. You’ll start by taking the pre-assessment—an informal quiz to test your knowledge about the course content. Then, the first module will unlock for you to begin work.
A new module will unlock each week, but only if you have completed the module before it. While the courses are self-paced, your agency and SCR Academy may have parameters in place for a completion timeline. Long periods of inactivity may result in your deactivation from the course.
A certificate of completion will generate when you have completed all course requirements. You must download and/or print the certificate as proof of your completion.
Within the course, navigate to the Technical Support tab on the right side of the screen. Otherwise, you can always email Susan: susan@scr.consulting.

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