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Support student outcomes by using standards-aligned curriculum and instruction.

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 (all online)

  1. The Recipe for Success: The CCRSAE and Instructional Shifts (self-paced)
  2. There's a Standard for That! (two live sessions)
  3. Critical Friends for ELA (multiple live sessions)

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

Explore Resources:

Contact us to:

  • Request an ELA Coach to work with your program
  • Review your curriculum with the ELA C&I PD Center (time and resources permitting)
  • Register for The Recipe for Success, Critical Friends for ELA, There's a Standard for That!, and other related PD (see upcoming ELA PD)
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SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center