LDC Product News & Updates: July Edition
#CCRS17 WAS A SMASH!
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!
Nicole Rave & Kaia Nordtvedt, Liberty Avenue Middle School, Brooklyn, NY
See how their school uses LDC resources within its science professional learning community and boosts students’ literacy skills with the use of LDC modules and mini-tasks.
Katie McNelly & Melissa Matthew, Van Siclen Community School, Brooklyn, NY
In this presentation, areas of collective ownership help struggling readers and writers achieve gains in academic literacy. They use LDC for backward lesson design and literacy standards-aligned assessments.
Herolinda Recendez & Rebecca Mangos, Westport Heights Elementary, CA
Learn how you can use LDC's resources to collaboratively create and teach writing assignments across all content areas for first-grade students!
Celenia Calderon & Maria Teresa Alcala, Saturn Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
View how this school uses LDC planning tools, online professional learning content, and virtual coaching to ensure English language learners can read and write complex text with intentional and deliberate purpose.
Focus on Standards
Michael Corneau & Angela Schoon, R.L. Stevenson Elementary, Merritt Island, FL
This session discusses the school’s work to date with a sequence map to guide the development of curriculum maps to show that a guaranteed, viable, and equitable curriculum is available to all students.
Barb Smith, LDC, & Kelly Philbeck, Kentucky Department of Education
This session provides an update on current and future LDC work, including an overview of curriculum alignment systems, coach credentialing and state-level network building, innovative professional learning, research, and content development.
Featured Presenter Suzanne Simons, LDC
This informative session demonstrates how schools or districts can implement common modules to guarantee equity for students across grades, subjects, and proficiency levels.
Nicole Renner, LDC
Experience LDC assessment tools for all grade levels and disciplines! Learn how you can take advantage of the new SCALE student work rubrics, including the customized rubric dimensions for science, social studies, and reading and experimented with using Benchmark Mini-Tasks.
Blended Professional Development
Leobardo Lopez & Kattia Cuba, Lucero Community School PS311, Bronx, NY
This session shares how this team of fourth-grade teachers successfully collaborate to plan, create, teach and assess student work using the LDC framework, in English and Spanish, social studies, and English language arts.
Barb Smith, LDC
This rousing presentation teaches how to message the “what,” “why”, and “how” of LDC clearly and simply. Brand new tools and tips are introduced to enhance communications and presentations so that others catch the LDC fever, too!
Bethann McCain, Intermediate Unit 10, & Toni Martindell, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, PA
Learn about the Pennsylvania LDC coach certification project and the structures and supports for implementation statewide.
Barbara Brown, LDC
See the structures and resources being used by educators across New York City and Los Angeles in starting a blended professional development community.
Angela Bennett-Glock, LDC, Daniel Rock, SREB, & Michelle Landrum, Jefferson County, AL
This session shows how the courses and resources in LDC's Teacher Learning Kit can be used to transform classroom practice and professional development with targeted key learning goals for teachers and leaders.
Barbara Brown, LDC
This session explores how schools and coaches are using video meetings and other online tools, such as LDC data analytics, to encourage and support LDC professional learning communities.
Nicole Renner, LDC & Sheri Blankenship, Rankin County Public Schools, MS
This session is all about LDC Starter Tasks! These tasks, driven by reading standards and easily adaptable for use with your favorite texts and local content, give educators a leg up in designing LDC modules.
Paloma Fabian & Humberto Benitez, Manhattan Place Elementary School, CA
See how this school uses LDC’s planning resources to engage teachers in collaborative planning and align curricula to standards across grade levels.
Pat Mitchell & Jennifer Barry, PS 48 William Wordsworth School, Jamaica, NY
Explore how teachers at a large urban school district use LDC to build capacity around high quality, rigorous literacy instruction and see how this planning process positively impacts the progress of the ENL (English as New Language) population at their school.