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New LDC White Paper Arriving Soon: Teaching Students to Comprehend, Critique, and Construct Arguments

Nicole Renner
November 14, 2017

We are excited to announce the upcoming January 2018 release of a new LDC white paper on teaching argumentation, developed with renowned literacy expert P. David Pearson and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. Dr. Pearson and his team immersed themselves in the best available research and resources on argumentation and condensed their findings into a handy guide to the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching argument.

Exciting Enhancements to LDC Learning Reports

Rob Kasher
November 9, 2017

Recently we introduced enhancements that you will notice the next time you view an LDC Learning Report for any licensed group that you manage.

These improvements were made in response to feedback from coaches and leaders to help them better support those they manage under an LDC Teacher Learning Kit or Coach Certification Kit license.

A Guaranteed, Equitable, Viable Curriculum—A Scope and Sequence Map

Michael Corneau
October 16, 2017

Note: We are pleased to welcome guest bloggers and 2017 LDC Lead & Learn Fellows Michael Corneau, Principal, and Angela Schoon, Teacher Leader, from R.L. Stevenson Elementary School in Merritt Island, FL. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, they outline a scope and sequence map.

Are We Really Ready for the 21st Century?

Suzanne Simons
October 11, 2017

As a parent, I struggle mightily trying to figure out what to teach my children. On the one hand, I really need them to follow certain rules—I need them to cross at crosswalks, to not drink and drive, to go to school, to be kind, and to assume the best in people. I really want them to follow other rules—put their shoes away, don’t leave dirty clothes on the floor…

My struggle is that rule-following is at odds with some of the most important skills children need to have heading into their lives as productive members of our global and digital society. Researcher Tony Wagner, of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, has identified the “7 Survival Skills” needed for modern engagement and none of them are “rule following.”

LDC Vocabulary Decoded: Most Frequently Used Terms Explained

Nicole Renner
September 26, 2017

Like many organizations, LDC has a lexicon filled with unique vocabulary. Take a look at this list to dig into some terms that might be more-than-meets-the-eye!

Guest Blog: A Lead & Learn Fellows' Perspective

Katie McNelly
August 29, 2017

Note: We are pleased to welcome guest blogger and 2017 LDC Lead & Learn Fellow Katie McNelly from Van Siclen Community School in New York. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, she shares her school's experiences implementing LDC.

LDC Community Spotlight: A Year in Review

Literacy Design Collaborative
August 16, 2017

The LDC Community Spotlight is turning 1 this month! To commemorate this occasion, we've compiled our top stories from the last year. Also, stay tuned for a whole new newsletter next month—the Community Spotlight and Product Newsletter are joining forces to bring you an exciting, new take on all the latest LDC news!

Capturing the Moments

Jennifer Barry
August 15, 2017

Note: We are pleased to welcome guest blogger and 2017 LDC Lead & Learn Fellow Jennifer Barry from PS 48 William Wordsworth in New York. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, she details her involvement and journey with LDC.

LDC Product News & Updates: July Edition

Literacy Design Collaborative
July 31, 2017

This month the LDC community of practice came together in a unique and wonderful way! SREB's College- and Career-Readiness Networking Conference in Nashville provided an opportunity for schools, districts, and states to share and articulate their expertise and results. The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a strategic LDC partner that is engaged in helping districts across the country. This powerful gathering of practitioners over three days of learning sessions was a wonderful opportunity to see the many facets of LDC products come to life. This month’s newsletter provides a brief recap and link to each of these sessions, including those by our outstanding LDC Lead & Learn Fellows. Let’s keep the spirit of networking and sharing information going—we encourage you to check out a presentation or two!

Expert Interview Series: Chad Vignola of LDC About Helping Teachers Teach Students Better

Literacy Design Collaborative
July 13, 2017
This post by Christa Sterling was originally published on the CCSU Continuing

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