LDC Session Inspires and Motivates Teachers New to LDC
Thirty enthusiastic educators participated in Integrating Reading Into the Content Areas, an LDC session presented at the Teaching & Learning Conference in Washington, DC, on March 15. Suzanne Simons, LDC Chief of Instruction & Design, provided an overview of the LDC Framework, setting the stage for a hands-on activity in which educators created teaching tasks based on LDC templates.
Baba Olumiji, a seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher from the Mount Royal Elementary Middle School in Baltimore, and Jenna Fournel, Director of Teaching & Learning at the Center for Inspired Teaching, were on hand to assist teachers new to LDC in completing the teaching tasks.
Introduced to LDC about two years ago, Baba participated in the recent LDC CoreTools sprints, helping to test early designs to directly assist in the development of online curriculum tools that help classroom teachers improve their literacy instruction and workflow efficiency.
“LDC is great for kids,” he says, “because it activates interest in the material. You need to infuse elements to bring it to life. [LDC] helps to give a face to history.” He says that LDC includes “everything you want students to do with the Common Core; it’s all there within a module.”
The Center for Inspired Teaching has been part of LDC since its early days and has focused its work primarily in Washington, DC, where a program called Building Literacy in the Social Studies (BLISS) is finishing up its third year and will result in a yearlong course of LDC modules for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade social studies for DC Public Schools.
Attendees left the session inspired by possibilities—and eager to try out LDC on a larger scale within their schools and districts.