2024-2025 CCRS Implementation Cohort Applications Due June 3, 2024!

2024-2025 CCRS Implementation Cohort Applications Due June 3, 2024!

Is your program ready to dig into implementing the College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education? Would you benefit from a team of teachers and an administrator from your site working together throughout the year with workshops on English Language Arts (ELA) and Math, focused time to plan together, and technical assistance from CCRS specialists?

Consider applying for the 6th CCRS cohort beginning in fall 2024!

Note: Because many consortia have gone through the cohort, we are offering the cohort only every other year. After the 2024/2025 year, the next offering will be in 2026/2027.

What is the CCRS Cohort?

This CCRS Implementation Cohort is an intensive, long-term professional development activity from ATLAS. Participation in this training will prepare program teams to align curriculum and instruction to the CCR standards and develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their program.

But don’t take just my word for it! Check out what these teacher and administrator participants in the 2022-2023 Cohort had to say:

  • “Coming in from a K-12 background, standards are nothing new. However, with the unique objectives of these standards, the CCRS work has been very helpful with allowing me to adjust to adult education! Overall I feel like I have made good progress not only as an adult educator, but as a teacher as a whole.”
  • “It is a great way to spend time thoughtfully developing (or in our case, revising) your consortium’s CCRS Implementation Plan prior to writing the consortium grant narrative.”
  • “I feel the best thing I have done for staff is take all my teachers through this process. They always tell me after that it was a lot of work but very beneficial and that they now have a better understanding of what we are trying to accomplish around the standards.”
  • “Because we have much more of a “one-room schoolhouse” situation, tailoring to the needs of our students is important. However, that still means that we can use a standards-based approach to their learning. Knowing what they want, what resources there are available, what standards there are, and how they all interact help paint a more clear picture of what the students’ educational journey looks like.”

Cohort participation and prerequisites

Please note the following important details when considering whether to apply as a program:

  • Prerequisite = CCRS Foundations training in ELA or math, depending on which content area you plan to participate in during the Cohort. The CCRS Foundations requirement can be met either through face-to-face or online training.
  • Program application: ideally, a team of 3-5 individuals. Participating teams should consist of at least one administrator/coordinator from a program, one math teacher and one English language arts (ELA) teacher. An ideal team would be comprised of 1 administrator, 2 math teachers, and 2 ELA teachers. There is an opportunity to add more later, if space is available.
    • We understand an “ideal” team is not always possible. Contact Kristine Kelly to discuss your program’s situation if needed: [email protected].

Important dates and activities

  • Kick-off webinar on Tuesday, September 24, 2024, from 2:00-3:30pm.
  • CCRS Institute I on October 24-25, 2024, IN PERSON, in the Twin Cities metro area.
  • December webinars:
    • ELA content group: Monday, December 9, 2024, from 2:00-3:30pm
    • Administrators: Tuesday, December 10, 2024, from 10:30am-12:00pm
    • Math content group: Thursday, December 10, 2024, from 3-4:30pm
  • CCRS Institute II on March 6-7, 2025, VIRTUAL MEETING.
  • April webinars:
    • ELA content group: Monday, April 14, 2025, from 2:00-3:30pm
    • Administrators: Tuesday, April 15, 2025, from 10:30am-12:00pm
    • Math content group: Tuesday, April 15, 2025, from 2:00-3:30pm
  • Ongoing, active, and thoughtful participation in our online cohort community via Canvas.
  • Participation in program team meetings and completion of implementation tasks throughout the year at your site.
  • Phone calls and written correspondence with an assigned CCRS coach throughout the year, as needed.

Supports for participants

  • Travel costs (hotel and mileage) for participants traveling more than 100 miles round trip to the in-person workshops will be reimbursed by ATLAS.
  • In order to support participation, programs will receive a stipend of $400 per team member upon their completion of all required cohort activities.

What will you learn by being in this cohort?

Program teams will be able to:

  • Articulate the benefits of standards-based education for their students, program, & staff
  • Align materials and resources used regularly in ABE instruction
  • Articulate which standards are being addressed in courses and instruction
  • Improve instruction and courses to incorporate shifts and standards appropriate to student levels
  • Develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their local program

Administrators will be able to:

  • Conduct standards-focused classroom observations and teacher feedback sessions to support implementation and improve instruction
  • Identify supports and resources instructors may need to implement standards-based instruction

Instructors will be able to:

  • Improve units, lesson plans, and student tasks to incorporate shifts and standards appropriate to student levels
  • Participate in standards-focused classroom observations and teacher feedback sessions to support implementation and improve instruction

Cohort application

The application deadline for the 2024-2025 CCRS Implementation Cohort is Monday, June 3, 2024, and programs will be notified by June 10 of their acceptance.

Check out the application for more details about next year’s cohort. Please direct any questions regarding the application to Kristine Kelly, ATLAS Literacy & ELA Coordinator, at [email protected].

Kristine Kelly, Literacy Coordinator and CCRS Lead ATLAS