Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards Professional Development

Professional Development Aligned to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards

The Arizona Department of Education has been providing various types of professional development in order to assist with implementation efforts throughout the state. The Arizona Department of Education has partnered with Arizona Regional Education Service and Support Centers as well as national and local experts. Professional development is offered in various formats such as face-to-face workshops and institutes, Webinars, online courses, and web-content delivery. Specific information on the professional development offerings by the Arizona Department of Education can be located by selecting the icons below.

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Using Socratic Seminar to Meet College and Career Ready Standards for Listening, Thinking, Speaking, Reading, and Writing – Phase 2
Socratic Seminar is a deep analysis of works of quality and substance by a group of students facilitated by a teacher. A text can be a piece of literature, informative text, such as social studies and science, historical documents, or a piece of art or music. The main goal is for students to build conceptual understanding of the texts and ideas by asking questions, citing evidence, and conversing with each other to make meaning. Often, seminars are followed with a reflective piece of writing. Effectively implemented, Socratic seminars enhance reading comprehension, speaking, listening and writing skills; a perfect vehicle for teaching the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards.

This one day session will include:
• Explanation of Socratic seminar
• Participation in a group seminar
• Discussion regarding how to select seminar readings and develop seminar questions for classes at all levels
• Development of and participation in mini-seminars
• A packet of materials, a book, and resources

For more information, dates, and cost, please visit Using Socratic Seminar to Meet College and Career Ready Standards.

Professional Development for AZCCRS is being offered around the state in three phases:

PD Checklists for Phases 1, 2, and 3:

Phase 1 – Knowledge

Arizona English Language Arts/Literacy and/or Mathematics Standards trainings focused on content awareness, deconstruction of the standards, and instructional shifts.

Phase 2 – Application

Arizona English Language Arts/Literacy and/or Mathematics Standards trainings focused on content knowledge, application in the classroom, and pedagogy aligned to the rigor and expectations of the standards.

Phase 3 – Integration

Arizona English Language Arts/Literacy and/or Mathematics Standards embedded in: STEM, RTI, Career and Technical Education (CTE), school improvement, differentiated instruction for special education students, English language learners and gifted students, content integration, project-based learning, connections to other initiatives and grant-funded programs (i.e. teacher/principal evaluation, Move on When Reading, Title I, Title II, Title III), PARCC and formative assessment aligned to Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards, and pre-service teacher training.