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"If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow." ― John Dewey

This page contains links to online resources that provide standards-aligned lessons or curricula. Several of the resources are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, the K-12 precursor of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS); adult educators interested in adapting such resources can find references to corresponding Common Core State Standards given in parentheses throughout the CCRS.

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CCR Standards-in-Action English Language Arts/Literacy Videos and
CCR Standards-in-Action Math Videos
These LINCS videos show CCRS-aligned instruction filmed in real adult education classrooms. Videos are most helpfully viewed alongside the CCR Observation Tools; supplemental online materials include lesson plans.

Civics It Up!
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The purpose of this site is to help teachers teachers of Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) plan and implement instructional units and lessons that integrate language learning with rights and responsibilities of citizenship, civic participation, and workforce training. Civics it up! is aligned to English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education correlated to the CCRS.

Teaching the Skills that Matter (TSTM) Toolkit
TSTM focuses on teaching adult learners 9 foundational “soft skills” or workplace readiness skills across 5 relevant topic areas (civics education, digital literacy, financial literacy, health literacy, and workforce preparation) using 3 learner-engaging teaching approaches (integrated and contextualized instruction, problem-based learning, and project-based learning). The toolkit includes a mix of informative briefs, planning tools, and a selection of adaptable, classroom-ready exemplar lessons in each of the topic areas that integrate the skills and approaches and align with standards-based instruction.

Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas
This site from Stanford University includes extensive teaching resources in ELA, math, and science designed to support English language learners in achieving the Common Core State Standards. (Lessons are targeted to K12 audience; useful writing resources focus on persuasive rather than argumentative writing.) The site also includes informative papers and free online courses that focus on supporting English language acquisition and skill development.

Kentucky Adult Education Skills U Lesson Bank
This extensive lesson plan bank features lessons aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. Lessons and units address language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies as well as employability skills, including some workplace contextualized units. Educators will need to create a free account to view or download some materials.

Adult Learning Zone in the OER Commons
This special collection focuses on open, online educational resources that appropriate for adult education. Lesson plans include alignment to College and Career Readiness Standards and scored for quality using a standardized rubric.

Expeditionary Learning’s Common Core Success Curriculum
This curriculum focuses on 3-8 grade ELA with 6-10 grade science and 8-10 grade social studies in development. Lessons incorporate complex texts (many available online for free), includes teacher resources and student materials, and aims to develop critical thinking skills while building background knowledge. While aimed at K12 teachers, many of these high quality lessons and units can be used in the adult ed classroom with minimal adaptation.

Odell Education’s Developing Core Proficiencies Curriculum
This 6-12 grade curriculum focuses on ELA skills such as reading closely for textual details and making evidence-based arguments. Lessons include copious teacher materials and handouts. Aimed at K12 instructors, these engaging units and lessons may need some adaptation for adult education environments.

EngageNY Common Core Curriculum
This comprehensive K12 English language arts and mathematics curriculum offers high quality, adaptable lessons. New York's robust website includes a video library; scroll down and click on the choices at the bottom of the lefth and navigation menu (Common Core Standards, Common Core: ELA, Common Core: Math) to find engaging classroom videos from diverse K12 settings.

Mathematics Assessment Project
The Mathematics Assessment Project “aims to bring the Common Core State Standards (CCSSM) to life in a way that will help teachers and their students turn their aspirations for achieving them into classroom realities.” Resources include the Classroom Challenges library of lesson plans. Resources are aimed at K12 educators and may require some adaptation for adult ed use.

Nevada Adult Education's College and Career Readiness Standards-Based Units
These lessons are the product of Nevada's first CCRS lesson planning pilot. While Nevada's curriculum development project is a work in progress, the site includes valuable contributions from experienced Nevada adult educators.

Lesson Plans from Florida’s GED® Instructor Handbook
Florida’s Institute for the Professional Development of Adult Educators (IPDAE) handbook for GED® instructors includes an appendix of sample lesson plans aimed at 2014 GED® assessment targets and also addressing several CCR standards.

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