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LDC Updates: New Enhancements to Learning Reports

Rob Kasher
February 13, 2018

LDC coaches and administrators who monitor the progress of their teachers’ instructional cycles often rely on seeing a red triangle icon appear on the summary cards of their Learning Reports to know that a module has been taught. This icon indicates that student work has been attached to a participant’s module. In the past, the red triangle icon would only appear for the specific teacher who attached the student work to a module. If the module had co-authors, the icon would not appear on Learning Reports for those teachers. Now, all authors of a module will receive a red triangle whenever anybody attaches student work to the module.

Countering Binary Thinking

Suzanne Simons
January 9, 2018

One of the legacies of 2017 is the amount of time I’ve spent thinking about civics, fairness, and responsibility. As we head into this new year, I think it’s fair to say that many Americans are more civically engaged than in past years—protesting and marching, writing and posting, joining active communities, voicing personal opinions, and even running for office. 2017 galvanized many citizens to consider how high-level politics affects daily life and to become more involved.

Guest Blog: Saturn Street Elementary LDC Lead & Learn Fellows Share Their LDC Implementation Experience

Saturn Street Elementary
January 2, 2018

Note: We are pleased to welcome guest bloggers and 2017 LDC Lead & Learn Fellows Celenia Calderon and Maria Teresa Alcala from Saturn Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA. In this article, one in a series of blogs by Lead & Learn Fellows, they share their experience in learning and implementing LDC tools.

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!

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