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Integrating Academic Content Standards into Interpretive Programs

Academic content standards are an integral part of public education in California. California State Parks recognizes the importance of addressing these content standards in our school group interpretive programs. The modules below are designed as training tools for either yourself or your interpretive staff to aid you in integrating academic content standards into school group interpretive programs.

Note: This course can be played via Flash or HTML5. If you would like to play the Flash version and don't currently have Flash installed, download the Flash Player here.

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An Introduction to These Modules
Please watch the introductory video before completing the modules on this website. The introductory video provides some key information about how to navigate within the modules and how to use the materials as a training tool.

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What are Academic Content Standards?
Academic content standards identify what students must know and be able to do. This module will provide you with a basic understanding of what academic content standards are, how to decipher the standards, and why they are important.

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Integrating Academic Content Standards into Interpretive Programs
Integrating academic content standards into school group interpretive programs helps make our programs and parks more relevant to students. Learn the ins and outs of building a good interpretive program aligned to the academic content standards.

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Common Core Questioning and Other Classroom Strategies
Interpretation is about building connection and meaning through provocation. Learn about inquiry-based questioning strategies and other classroom techniques for engaging students and directing their focus.

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Resources Toolbox
Useful websites, documents, etc. on academic content standards and interpretive programs.

For more information, questions or if you require special accommodations to access this content, please contact the Interpretation and Education Division at or (916) 654-2249.