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.
The Louisiana Department of Education currently partners with 45 school districts across the state to scale the use of LDC tools and resources for implementing the Common Core literacy standards in English language arts and in content areas such as history and science. Particular emphasis is placed on building internal capacity by training teacher leaders, coaches, and district and school leaders, and by fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Training and implementation focus on integrating LDC tools with existing curricula. Louisiana employs a gradual release approach to address the dual challenge of developing sufficient capacity in school districts and sustaining LDC work over the long term.
The implementation of LDC in Louisiana classrooms started with an Integration Grant in 2011 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide teachers and leaders with professional development and resources to assist them in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in four Louisiana school districts. Since then, the initiative has steadily gained momentum. Year 2 expanded use of LDC tools to 21 districts, followed by 33 districts in Year 3. Currently in Year 4 of the implementation, the LDC initiative is helping students in 45 school districts across the state to meet and exceed the demands of the CCSS.
See an exemplary module in LDC CoreTools authored by a Louisiana educator:
To learn how LDOE supports LDC implementation, contact:
Jill Slack, Ph.D., Director