icons for ELA, curriculum, CCRSAE, calendar deadline

This post follows On the Horizon: The June Deadline, published jointly by the three SABES Curriculum & Instruction PD Centers. Please read that first for the big picture view.

Support student outcomes by using standards-aligned curriculum.

Good idea. So...what does it mean to be standards-aligned?

Standards-in-Action writes about three main items in a standards-aligned ELA class:

  1. Texts worth reading / listening to;
  2. Questions worth discussing and answering; and
  3. Assignments worth writing / speaking (and assessing, as a teacher).


  • Are the tasks worth the time involved?
  • Are the texts well written, interesting, relevant, and useful for building knowledge and achieving your objectives?
  • Do the questions asked in class, or the questions that students research or respond to in writing, promote thinking?
  • How are standards translated into activities that productively engage adult learners?

Potential Next Steps:

  1. Clarify and prioritize curriculum needs
  2. Address specific topics of concern
  3. Extend knowledge about the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) and about standards-based curriculum development and implementation
  4. Make the ELA standards come alive in your classrooms


Register for PD related to the CCRSAE for ELA:

  1. The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts (online)
  2. Making the ELA Standards Come Alive (blended)
  3. Critical Friends for ELA (face-to-face at your program)

(While the CCRSAE are the focus here, they are woven throughout ALL of our professional development offerings.)

Explore Resources:

Contact Merilee Freeman, Director (mfreeman@qcc.mass.edu, 508-854-4296) to:

PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center