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CA State Standards

ELA/Literacy Standards 

​​ELD Standards​​

Current K-12 state standards for ELA/Literacy & English Language Development.

English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools

Overview of the ELA/ELD Framework

The ELA/ELD Framework provides guidance to educators for implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CCSS for ELA/Literacy) and the California ELD Standards.
Expanded View of the ELA/ELD Framework Resources
A Collection of Resources That Support the Implementation of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework.
Achieve the Core Achieve the Core encourages educators to use the new math and ELA/literacy activities to dig into the Core Actions of the Instructional Practice Guide Coaching To​ol. ​Then practice using the Coaching Tool with the Common Core-aligned video library at
​​English Learner Success ForumThe English Learners Success Forum (ELSF) connects high-quality content developers with English learner experts to enhance instructional materials to address the linguistic and cultural needs of English learners.
CA Standards Resource Highlights ​This document has been updated with the latest and most popular CCSS implementation resources which are full of helpful information for educators at any level of implementation.
Digital Chalkboard
Find useful digital resources and professional learning opportunities. 
Tools Being Talked About ​This list includes a snapshot of tools being used by teachers, school systems, and school systems, and school leaders.
​eStandards App/WebsiteQuick and easy access to CA State Standards
Collaboration in CommonCollaboration in Common allows educators, teams and organizations to discover colleagues and communities, and curate, organize, and share resources to further professional learning. Open Ed Resources​
Digital Library Professional Learning Series Website​
The Professional Learning Series playlists are designed to connect educators with resources in the Digital Library that directly relate to timely professional learning topics.
​B.E.L.I.E.F. Modules
The B.E.L.I.E.F. modules support district and site administrators with implementation of both integrated and designated ELD. The modules include current ELD research; opportunities to deepen understanding of integrated and designated ELD; activities to analyze, reflect upon, and refine programs for English learners; and follow-up activities to use with staff to support implementation.

ELA/Literacy Resources

CA Dyslexia Guidelines
CDE Dyslexia Guidelines Presentation & Handouts 9.20.2017
The purpose of these guidelines is to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents in identifying, assessing, and supporting students with dyslexia.
​​Become a Certified Literacy TeacherThe International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) have joined forces to create a certification program for teachers of reading. The goal of the program is to encourage the preparation and designation of highly knowledgeable and skilled teachers.
Ed Reports / CA Curriculum CollaborativeFree reviews of K-12 instructional materials, identify quality instructional materials to use in CA classrooms. Ed Reports resource Making the Most of Your Materials
​Achieve the Core

Free, ready-to-use classroom resources that align to college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core​: Anthology Alignment Project​​, Basal Alignment Project, Text Set Project, ELA/Literacy Lessons, Read Aloud Project, Academic Word Finder​​, Kentucky Text Set, Text Set Design Microcredential, Building Knowledge Mini-Course, Foundational Skills modules and resources & more.

Reading Rockets / Colorin ColoradoReading & English Language Learner best practices and strategies.
​ is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.
Florida Center for Reading Research Research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in Pre-K through 12th grade.
Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events
​Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject.
Text Project​
Strategies, tools, and texts to bring beginning readers and struggling readers to high levels of literacy​.
Library of Congress Digital collections, including primary sources, of US history​
​Recources Collections
These Symbaloo's are reseources gathered over time in the areas ofEarly Literacy Symbaloo​, Top Tech Tools Symbaloo, and  Writing and Vocabulary Resource Symbaloo
Writing Resources              Step Up to Writing, Thinking Maps​, Units of Study: Writing​,6+1 Traits of Writing,  Strategies for Writers, Write from the Beginning and Beyond, Jane Shaffer, Writing Next           ​
Explicit Instruction - Anita Archer​
Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented—and has been shown to promote achievement for all students.
Vocabulary Teaching Tips

Useful Books a​​nd Websites​​​

Orange County Reading Association

OCRA is a professional organization of educators. OCRA is the local council of the California Reading Association (CRA) and the International Literacy Association (ILA).
CDE Quarterly Literacy Newsletter

The California Department of Education has created a quarterly CDE literacy newsletter. If you would like to receive it, send a blank e-mail to​   

Winter 2018 Edition

Summer 2018 Edition

News Literacy ProjectThe News Literacy Project is an "innovative national educational
program that mobilized seasoned journalists to work with educators to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age." Their site offers a lot of paid subscription material, but they have some free lesson modules as well. They also offer this free handout to help teachers walk students through a checklist when validating sources:
What I Use In My Classroom – New Achieve the Core WebsiteWhere teachers share their favorite, high-quality, tools and resources. For each resource, learn why teachers like it, how they've used it, and what you should be aware of before you try it yourself.​


Listenwise is an award-winning listening skills platform appropriate for middle school and high school aged children. They harness the power of listening to advance literacy and learning in all students. Their collection of podcasts and public radio keeps teaching connected to the real world and builds student listening skills at the same time

Story Shares

Story Shares is a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring reading practice and improving literacy skills.”  The organization leverages technology to bring books worth reading to teens and young adults who struggle. As most readers of Literacy Beat who work with adolescents know, finding material that is not overwhelming is a challenge​
​​Shanahan on Literacy​Timothy Shanahan's research emphasizes the connections between reading and writing, literacy in the disciplines, and improvement of reading achievement.​
Orange County Public Library
Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano: The Acjachemen (Juane​ño) Indian Community. For FREE resources click here​.
Literacy Beat​
Literacy Beat is a blog created by six friends who teach and research in the area of digital literacies​.
ProQuestSearch to access the best journals, database, and ebook resources from your favorite library's collection.
TeachingBook.netAll California educators, librarians, and other professionals may freely start using by entering their work e-mail address at​
Encyclopedia BritannicaEducators and Administrators learn more about exciting, up-to-date educational products that meet the needs of students at all levels.

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Britannica School (in English)​
Britannica Escolar (in Spanish)

​MTSS - Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

CAASPP & Other Assessment​​
Acadience Reading​
Acadience Reading is a universal screening and progress monitoring assessment that measures the acquistion of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. The assessment is comprised of six brief measures that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader. These measures are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy skills in order to provide timely instructional support and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

Fake News Resources