Educator Resources

Learn about OCDE’s professional learning opportunities:

 ​ CA State St​​​andards

​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 

ELA/ELD Framework Launch Events 

​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 Tool. ​Then practice using the Coaching Tool with the Common Core-aligned video library at
Council of the Great City SchoolsA series of videos on the Common Core State Standards. The three minute and two shorter subject specific videos help explain why the Common Core State Standards are important for a student’s future. The videos are also available in Spanish.
English Learner Success Forum​The 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/Website​Quick and easy access to CA State Standards
Collaboration in Common​Collaboration 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 Teacher​The 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.
CDE Recommended Literature List​​Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve is a searchable database of books that entertain, inform, and explore new ideas and experiences.
Ed Reports / CA Curriculum Collaborative​Free 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

​IES Reading Resources from What Works ClearinghouseWhat Works Clearinghouse™ resources summarize the research evidence on reading programs and strategies. These resources provide guidance for improving reading comprehension, fluency, and literacy achievement for readers in grades K–12.
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
Readworks​Focused on students' reading comprehension. Access thousands of high-quality, free K-12 articles 
Text ProjectStrategies, 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​
English Companion Jim Burke's resources for teaching English
Resource CollectionsThese Symbaloo's are reseources gathered over time in the areas of ​Early 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           ​
 Family Literacy Nights Family Reading Experience PTA​​, Family Night PTO Resources
 Explicit Instruction - Anita Archer Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented—and has been shown to promote achievement for all students.
Guide to Services and Resources for EducatorsOC Public Libraries​ services for classroom teachers & school librarians
​​​Vocabulogic​Vocabulary Teaching Tips

Useful Books a​​nd Websites​​​ ​

American Library Association​ Goodreads​
​​​School Library Journal Best Books 2015Reading is Fundamental Literacy Central​
Jen Robinson's Book Page​ Teen Reads​
Online Storybooks for Kids Symbaloo Online Magazines for Kids Symbaloo

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 email 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 (Juaneño) Indian Community. For free resources go to
​​Literacy BeatLiteracy Beat is a blog created by six friends who teach and research in the area of digital literacies​
California to Provide Statewide K-12 Online Content for SchoolsCalifornia is now offering, at no cost to local schools, districts or students, three online databases for use by every K-12 school and student in the state beginning this fall. Online content from Encyclopedia Britannica, ProQuest and will be available to all K-12 educators, students, librarians and administrators in the state.​ Click here for more information.
ProQuestSearch to access the best journals, databases, 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 email address at
Encyclopedia Britannica

Educators & 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

​​OCDE MTSS WebpageUniversal Design for Learning (UDL)​
IES Intervention ReportsRTI Screening Tools Chart
Best Evidence Encyclopedia ​Gifted Education Symbaloo​​        
​ ​CAASPP & Other Assessment
Foundations of DIBELS NEXT

DIBELS main website
Dynamic Measurement Group and Amplify partnered to provide a free online resource on the foundations of DIBELS Next. This self-paced online tutorial supports educators to remember the "why" and retool the "how" of using DIBELS for improving reading outcomes. Topics include:
•             The basic early literacy skills required for reading
•             Interpreting benchmark goals and composite scores
•             Features of DIBELS that make it useful for screening and progress monitoring
•             Using DIBELS in an Outcome-Driven Model at the systems and student levels
Please note that this tutorial is best viewed on a desktop computer.​ ​
CAHSEE California High School Exit ExamELA CAASPP Teacher Guide Grades 3-5
  CLEP College Level Examination Program ​ELA CAASPP Teacher Guide Grades 6-8
CollegeBoard​​ELA CAASPP Teacher Guide Grade 11
​CST Blueprints and Released Test Questions CAASPP Interim Assessments Spreadsheet
Early Assessment Program (EAP)CAASPP Hand Scoring Guide 2015​
Khan Academy​SBAC Brief Write Rubrics - Guide​
SAT​SBAC Writing Rubric: Inform Grades 3-5​
SBAC Digital Library ​SBAC Writing Rubric: Opinion, Grades 3-5​
​Exploring the Smarter Balanced Digital Library​SBAC Writing Rubric: Narrative, Grades 3-8
Understanding Proficiency: A Partnership of West Ed and SCALE​SBAC Writing Rubric: Argumentative, Grades 6-11
​SBAC Perf. Task Writing Rubric: Explanatory Grades 6-11
NCII NCII is pleased to announce the release of new tools charts on Academic Screening and Behavior Screening

Fake News Resources

​ News. Voice. PowerSchool Library Journal: news literacy tool kit
Real or Satire? Lesson Plan
Anti-Defamation League: Lesson PlanKQED, The LowDown: Lesson Plan