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LDC Product News & Updates: July Edition

July 31st, 2017

#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!


Disciplinary Expertise

FOSTERING SCIENCE LITERACY THROUGH LDC

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.

COLLECTIVE OWNERSHIP OF ACADEMIC LITERACY

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.

COLLABORATION'S THE THING: USING LDC IN THE PRIMARY GRADES

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!

USING LDC TO ENSURE ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS CAN ACCESS AND WRITE ABOUT CONTENT

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

CURRICULUM MAPPING: SCOPE AND SEQUENCE

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.

LDC'S CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT SYSTEM

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.

GUARANTEE EQUITY THROUGH CURRICULUM

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.

LDC ASSESSMENT TOOLS

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

TEACHING TEAM COLLABORATION AND LDC

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.

TELLING THE LDC STORY

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!

IMPLEMENTING LDC STATEWIDE

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.

BLENDED LDC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MODEL

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.

LDC'S TEACHER LEARNING KIT

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.

EFFECTIVE BLENDED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES

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.

HOW TO DESIGN TO QUALITY AND HAVE FUN DOING IT

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.

ANCHOR TO SUCCESS

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.

BUILDING CAPACITY WITH LDC

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.

 

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