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LDC Community Spotlight: A Year in Review

August 16th, 2017
LDC is a community of practice that includes educators from across the country working in collaboration to improve the quality of student learning.

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!

LDC & National Board Announced a New Partnership

In December, LDC was thrilled to announce its partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Read the full release and details here.

One thing to come from this partnership is an enhanced National Board mini-task template in LDC CoreTools. In case you missed it, you can find the template here.


LDC Performance Tasks in PARB

In January, LDC partnered with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) to include 100+ LDC-created performance tasks in the Performance Assessment Resource Bank (PARB).

The bank is a free, online resource that provides educators, teacher and school leaders, and policy makers with access to a curated collection of performance assessment tasks and related tools. All of the bank's resources are designed to drive more meaningful learning opportunities for students while supporting assessment literacy, task development, and implementation. Check them out today!


Task Workshops: A Free, Virtual Offering

Beginning in April, LDC started offering free task workshops to the community of practice. Tasks are the heart of effective instruction. Why start writing or teaching a module before you know the task is solid? Participants come to learn and practice with other coaches and teachers from across the country. These workshops take place on the first and third Monday of each month—first Mondays are at 10 a.m. ET, third Mondays are at 7 p.m. ET. Email Abigail Hammer, LDC Program Assistant, at abigail@ldc.org to save your spot at the next workshop on September 18!


National Board Mini-Courses

Demonstrating standards-driven work is hard. This collection of courses makes the differentiation and reflection practices described in National Board Standards visible to LDC CoreTools users and can help to scaffold teachers’ progress from incorporating LDC mini-task examples to more sophisticated adaptations of mini-tasks and LDC templates that meet diverse student needs. They can also make the connection between LDC practices and National Board Standards and certification more visible to LDC teachers.


Looking at Student Work Protocol

In June, we featured video of LDC in action! Our readers were eager to watch Sheri Blankenship, Rankin County’s Middle/High School District Literacy Coach and recipient of the 2016 Outstanding LDC Local Trainer award from SREB, and her professional learning community (PLC) do the looking at student work protocol.

In this video clip, shared at the April LDC Demonstration Day in Rankin County School District, Mississippi, watch as Sheri guides her group in examining two pieces of student work from the same student. This agenda provides additional context for how these sessions may be conducted and facilitated.


Our Growing Community

LDC BY THE NUMBERS

  • There are over 70,000 educators in LDC CoreTools!
  • 2,979 modules were completed in LDC CoreTools in July.
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