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The work of LDC partners in schools and district across the country has enabled tens of thousands of teachers to engage students at all levels in rigorous, College and Career Readiness-aligned exercises to improve reading, writing, and comprehension skills—ensuring they are prepared to join the 21st century workforce.

LDC partners, at work in 50 states, include ASCD, the American Federation of Teachers, Lancaster-Lebanon (PA) Intermediate Unit 13, the National Literacy Project, the National Writing Project, Reach Associates, the Southern Regional Education Board, Teaching Channel, and nearly 50 other national, state, and local organizations.

Located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, American Reading Company is an educational services provider serving more than 4,000 PreK–12 classrooms in 50 states, partnering with districts across the country since 1998 to foster improved literacy proficiency, self-esteem, and confidence in young readers. The company’s curricular solutions and professional development are designed to ensure that every student is reading and writing on or above grade level.
Amplify is reimagining the way teachers teach and students learn. Our products and services lead the way in personalized instruction, and our instructional coaching has led to improved student outcomes through statewide engagements in Delaware and Rhode Island. Data Quality Campaign and others have recognized this work as an example of best practice. Amplify has provided innovative technology and services to the K–12 market for more than a decade.  
The vision of the Arkansas Department of Education Professional Development Unit is to advance the mission of ADE by cultivating the professional practices of educators as they prepare all Arkansas students for college and career readiness. Teachers in ELA, social studies, science, and career/technical education can use the Literacy Design Collaborative Framework to build content within a coherent approach to literacy.    
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations.
Founded in 2009, backCODE helps companies and organizations change the way their people perform in real life. backCODE builds interactive experiences that immerse learners in real-life situations where they have to successfully apply their knowledge and skills to solve complex problems. By challenging learners to repeatedly solve problems, they gain core knowledge, useful skills and valuable experience.  
Battelle Education is a national leader in transforming the promise of STEM education into practice. Every day, in classrooms across the country, our work helps to prepare students for what’s next. A nonprofit venture of Battelle, Battelle Education has a lengthy track record of developing, delivering and partnering in the development of successful STEM schools and networks across the country.   Today, Battelle Education manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, and the national STEMx network. Through these organizations, we work with top educators at schools like Metro Early College, L&N STEM Academy, and many more.
Inspired Teaching’s professional development model is supported by evidence-based research about how people learn. Our programs are based in best practices in teacher education and in the belief that every student possesses the ability to think critically, understand information, and solve complex problems. Students of Inspired Teachers® are not told what to think, they learn how to think, thereby developing critical skills needed to succeed in school today and in college and careers tomorrow.
The Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) is a national nonprofit based in Carrboro, N.C., dedicated to connecting, readying and mobilizing teachers to transform their profession. The Collaboratory, CTQ's virtual community, serves as an incubator for teachers' solutions to education's most pressing issues. All who value teachers as leaders are welcome to join. CTQ is working toward its vision of a high-quality education system for all students, driven by the innovative ideas and expert practices of teachers.
The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is an independent nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education and public education stakeholders to accelerate bold improvement in student achievement through innovation, collaboration, and capacity building. CEI believes that increased student achievement for all Colorado students requires effective leaders in every school, effective educators in every classroom, and healthy and engaging environments that ignite a passion for learning in every student.
Assignments Matter defines the mission and work of Eleanor Dougherty, a consultant who focuses on the importance of assignments in effective instruction. In 2005, she published a book, Assignments Matter: Making the Connections That Help Students Meet Standards (ASCD 2005) detailing a process for guiding teachers through the thinking and practices that result in high quality assignments. Today, she coaches teachers, principals, and district administrators on crafting assignments and leveraging them to develop challenging coursework for all students.  
Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. Founded by classroom teachers in 1976, Facing History trains and supports educators, develops curricular materials, and provides myriad resources and programs designed to help students make the essential connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.   
The Fund for Transforming Education (The Fund) is an independent organization that inspires and scales innovation and excellence in Kentucky’s public schools, resulting in a better future for all children.  We invest in people, organizations, and ideas that improve outcomes for students because we believe every child deserves social and physical well-being and a world-class education.
Generation Ready is a leading national provider of teacher and leader professional learning services. Uniquely combining deep instructional job-embedded expertise, innovative technology tools, and a targeted digital content library, Generation Ready’s work with schools and districts has proven to result in sustained professional growth and improved student learning. With over 20 years of experience, the company’s primary focus has been to improve instructional practice in the classroom.
The mission of the Georgia Department of Education is to make education work for all Georgians by ensuring that Georgia students leave high school prepared for college, technical careers, and the US military without need of remediation. Partnering with Literacy Design Collaborative has allowed Georgia teachers to better prepare students to fulfill this mission by creating rigorous tasks for modules that incorporate literacy strategies requiring critical thinking, reading for understanding, and writing within the context of the subject area.
The Kentucky Department of Education’s mission is to prepare all Kentucky students for next-generation learning, work, and citizenship by engaging schools, districts, families, and communities through excellent leadership, service, and support. Through a teacher leadership network designed for professional learning as well as an Integrated Strategy for College and Career Readiness, the Kentucky Department of Education provides ongoing professional learning in support of standards implementation and the use of the Literacy Design Collaborative tools.
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering irresistible services to school districts and communities across the state. For select projects, such as the Literacy Design Collaborative, IU 13 is able to offer services on a national level. As a leader in recognizing the needs of education and implementing programs to meet those needs, IU 13’s services are focused on the core compelling purpose of improving student learning.  
Louisiana Believes, a statewide initiative, starts with the premise that all students can achieve high expectations regardless of their background, family income, or zip code. Louisiana is raising academic standards to ensure each and every student graduates from high school, on time, with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and professional careers.  The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) provides ongoing professional learning to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the use of Literacy Design Collaborative tools.
For over 40 years, the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST), and its home organization, the UCLA Center for the Study of Evaluation, has been a leading research organization committed to the design and use of evaluation to improve educational programs. Originally established in 1966 as the result of a national competition, the status of CRESST as the national center for research in its mission area has been continuously reaffirmed through repeated competitions.
Grounded in research and best practice, the goal of the National Literacy Project (NLP) is to improve the reading and writing success of elementary, middle, and high school students. NLP School Partners work with schools and districts to develop literacy leadership that leads to the systematic implementation of literacy action plans designed specifically to meet the needs of their students.
The primary mission of the National Paideia Center (NPC) is to support public education in the United States that is both intellectually rigorous and fundamentally equitable. Established in the 1980s by philosopher Mortimer Adler, Paideia is both a philosophy and a methodology for active learning. The NPC teaches thoughtful, civil dialogue as a fundamental part of all academic study. The hallmark of the program is the Paideia Seminar: a thoughtful, collaborative dialogue facilitated with open-ended questions about a text.
Unique in breadth and scale, the National Writing Project (NWP) is a network of sites anchored at colleges and universities and serving teachers across disciplines and at all levels. NWP provides professional development, develops resources, generates research, and acts on knowledge to improve the teaching of writing and learning in schools and communities.  
Founded in 1999 by education consultants Cathy Feldman and Lee Kappes, Reach Associates provides professional learning opportunities, instructional leadership guidance, virtual coaching (R-Coaching), and conducts reviews of curricular and assessment materials for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Reach has as its core mission the improvement of student achievement outcomes as predictors of success in college or career in the 21st century, bringing attention to high-leverage instructional practices, including LDC, that empower teachers with effective practices, and a focus on a set of core habits (student engagement, academic learning behaviors, differentiation, intentionality, data analysis, and language and thinking development). As members of the original LDC design team, Cathy and Lee continue to inform and shape the national LDC agenda.
Share My Lesson is owned and operated by the American Federation of Teachers, a union of over 1.6 million professionals. The award-winning online professional development community provides educators an online platform where they can share their greatest teaching resources and collaborate on best practices at no cost. Share My Lesson features a significant resource bank of lesson plans, handouts, activities and assessments appropriate for Pre-K through grade 12. 
Slope Research (Slope) is a data and analytics company based in the Denver area. We take a boutique approach to our work, designing custom data and evaluation solutions for our clients. Our experience in research and analysis methodology combined with a background in social sciences allows us to design sophisticated analytic solutions, while also asking the right questions to bring out the story behind the data. Slope partners with education organizations to help them better understand data in order to make strategic decisions. 
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Atlanta, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) works with states to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through Ph.D.  SREBhelps states focus on what works in both policy and practice to improve student achievement, raise high school graduation rates, and boost college completion. The organization brings together member states to work together on initiatives that would not be possible alone.
The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) provides technical consulting and support to schools and districts that have committed to adopting performance-based assessment as part of a multiple-measures system for evaluating student learning and measuring school performance. SCALE's mission is to improve instruction and learning through the design and development of innovative, educative, state-of-the-art performance assessments and by building the capacity of schools to use these assessments in thoughtful ways, to promote student, teacher, and organizational learning.
Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools, with a rapidly growing community of registered members who trade ideas and share inspiration. Teaching Channel’s comprehensive and growing library of video content offers educators a wide range of subjects for Grades K–12. The videos also include information on alignment with Common Core State Standards and ancillary material for teachers to use in their own classrooms.
TimeWise Schools works with partners to design and scale practice-friendly supports for teaching and learning. TimeWise led the design team that created LDC, collaborating with literacy experts to develop and launch the work. TimeWise is currently working with partners to build better master schedules with serious embedded PD time for teachers and better classroom environments to support instruction.  The process TimeWise developed is called School by Design™. 

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