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The professional learning series is a tool designed to help district personnel facilitate and maintain the implementation of the New Illinois Learning Standards (NILS). There are three levels within the framework, each of which contains tools and resources aligned to the appropriate phase of implementation described by each category. A short description of each level is given below. Simply read the description, CLICK THE LEVEL HEADING, and begin engaging with resources.

 Level 2 - Content Knowledge and Application

The second level of NILS implementation includes content designed to build knowledge and application for teachers and staff. This level consists of materials developed for the purpose of building capacity collaboratively and individually so that teachers are prepared to apply their understanding to classroom practices. Resources within this level correspond to the four dimensions of the Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products Rubric (EQuIP) and PARCC assessment readiness.

Rigors of the CCSS Key Areas of Focus Instructional Supports Aligned Assessment
ELA Math
ELA/Literacy Text Complexity Presentation ELA/Literacy Tri-State Rubric Alignment Math: K-6 Geometry Progression in Practice Math Sample Tasks ELA/Literacy Classroom Needs Assessment
ELA/Literacy Text Complexity Resources ELA/Literacy Text Dependent Questions Math: EQuIP Rubric Overview Math Art of Questioning Resources ELA/Literacy CCSS Progression Tool
ELA/Literacy Effective Lesson Planning ELA/Literacy Close Reading Resources   Math: The Standards in Practice ELA/Literacy Teachers' Guides to the PARCC Model Content Framework
Math K-5 Critical Areas ELA/Literacy Vocabulary Instruction   Math Connections to Ignite and Inspire Math Teachers' Guides to the PARCC Model Content Framework
Math Common Denominators ELA/Literacy English Literature Presentation   Math Going Deeper Presentation Eliciting Observable Evidence
Math Uncommon Challenges ELA/Literacy Content Literacy Presentation   Learning Supports: Engagement Webinar for the (Math) Classroom Administering Unbiased Assessments
Math Content Connections ELA Shift Kits
Learning Supports: Collaboration in the Common Core Classroom PARCC 201

Integrating Innovation Skills History/S.S. and Science Teachers' Guides to the PARCC Model Content Frameworks

 Level 3 - Deep Understanding and Integration

This level represents a deep understanding of the standards, knowledge of the instructional shifts for math and ELA and a commitment to integrating assessment and instructional supports.

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