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Common Core 3.0 to Move Away from Topic-Based Trainings

The reboot of the California Common Core Curriculum will likely move away from its current topic-based series of trainings and toward a training experience that is grounded in social work practice.

The retooled Common Core 3.0 concept includes:

  • organizing the training to better reflect the emerging practice model in California,
  • staging the content so that some is delivered very soon after hiring and some after some time in the field, and
  • utilizing a variety of methods to move training on critical knowledge and skills out of the classroom and into new modalities, such as coaching, eLearning, etc.

The redesign process began in fall 2012, when the CalSWEC Regional Training Academy (RTA) Project met with its In-Service Training Partners, the County Welfare Directors Association, and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). 

Continuing the collaboration that marked the development of the first common core, CalSWEC convened the statewide group of training partners, who used initial stakeholder feedback, evaluation data, and classroom experience to formulate a new concept for the common core that moves toward a training experience that is grounded in social work practice. 

The Common Core 3.0 concept is currently under review by the stakeholders, who are learning about the proposed changes and providing feedback. Following this process, to be completed in February and March, CalSWEC will reconvene our training partners from across the state and begin development of new materials.

History of the Common Core
The California Common Core Curriculum was the result of a multi-year statewide collaborative effort to standardize training for newly hired child welfare supervisors and child welfare workers. Development and implementation of the common core was mandated by California’s Program Improvement Plan (PIP) as part of the 2003 federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR). Since then, although the curriculum have been systematically updated and revised, the structure and the topics have remained the same.