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California Common Core Depth of Knowledge: English Language Arts

K-12 Grade Level
5 Weeks
3 LAUSD Salary Points or UCLA Graduate Credits
LAUSD Course #NA-05-78

Participants will examine and consider how Depth of Knowledge offers a common language to understand “rigor,” or cognitive demand, in assessments, as well as curricular units, lessons, and tasks. Participants will learn about the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium and how it is developing an assessment system based on the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the DOK levels of complexity. They will understand that these components will provide student data throughout the academic year to inform instruction, guide interventions, help target professional development and ensure an accurate measure of each student’s progress toward career- and college-readiness. Participants will understand how Webb’s four DOK levels grow in cognitive complexity and provide educators with a lens to enable them to create more cognitively engaging and challenging tasks. Participants will learn new strategies through video examples, in-depth readings, and activities to help them apply their learning to their own classroom and begin to integrate the DOK levels and the CCSS standards into their practice.

All TeachStar Online Academy courses offer optional CEUs, Graduate Education Units, Professional Development Credit or Salary Point Credits (LAUSD teachers only).

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
  • 3 Salary Points [20230725]
  • Participants are automatically enrolled through MyPLN and receive LAUSD Salary Points.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Extension Credit
  • 4.5 Quarter Units (3 Semester Units)
  • $300 UCLA Tuition Fee (This is in addition to the TeachStar Online tuition fee.)
  • Participants are given the opportunity to register with UCLA during the 2nd week of their TeachStar Online course.

Please visit the course schedule for cost information and to register for the upcoming session.

Course Schedule