ABCs of the Common Core for Social Workers

The California Common Core Curricula (CC 3.0) is the result of a multi-year statewide collaborative effort to develop standardized curricula for California’s newly hired child welfare supervisors and child welfare workers.  Development and implementation of the Common Core Curricula was mandated by California’s Program Improvement Plan (PIP) as part of the 2003 federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR).

The Content Development Oversight Group (CDOG) provides ongoing guidance on the systematic revision of the Common Core.

As of July 2017, California completed a large-scale revision of the Common Core for new child welfare social workers called Common Core 3.0.

The impetus for this massive revision, begun in 2013, is to ensure that Core training (initially developed in 2005 by the Statewide Training and Education Committee [STEC]) provides new social workers with key information in a format that streamlines knowledge acquisition and facilitates skill building.

Common Core 3.0 introduces three major changes:

  1. Organizing training around practice areas so that all the concepts in the content are grounded in practice skills;
  2. Making strategic use of online modules to maximize classroom time for skill building and practice; and
  3. Providing new social workers with opportunities to enhance classroom learning through application of concepts in the field.