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LDC Updates: New Enhancements to Learning Reports

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.

LDC CoreTools 1237 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.

Check out the before and after:

Things to note:

  • It does not matter who attached student work to a module. If anyone with “edit” access to a module attaches student work, all module authors will be credited.
  • This enhancement has a retroactive effect—all Learning Reports will show when student work was attached to an author’s module.
  • If student work is attached to a module and a user is later added as an author of the module, that user will get credit for attached student work retroactive to when it was attached.
  • If a module that has student work is copied, the student work in the copied version of the module is excluded from all reports. “New” student work must be attached for any module author of a copied module to get credit.
Rankin County School District: A Model for Sustainable Professional Learning

Rankin County, MS has been busy! College and Career Readiness is in high gear throughout the district. The Rankin County School District, under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Sue Townsend, in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), opened its doors last month (April 2017) for a fantastic few days of collaborative work and professional learning.

LDC News 1195 May 23, 2017

Rankin County, Missippi has been busy! College and Career Readiness is in high gear throughout the district.

The Rankin County School District, under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Sue Townsend, in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), opened its doors last month (April 2017) for a fantastic few days of collaborative work and professional learning. Over 100 educators, including teachers, coaches, and administrators, from across the southeast came together for this Demonstration Day event, coupled with a Coach Institute. These few days were dedicated to learning more about the good work underway within the school district of Rankin and as an opportunity to gather would-be colleagues to learn from each other and focus on strategic planning in order to build capacity to deliver a guaranteed curriculum for their respective students.

  • Day 1, Coach Institute: LDC team members led a Curriculum Alignment System Workshop. This day of professional learning provided a strategic approach to enacting standards within instruction and creating a guaranteed curriculum to ensure that all students have equitable access to the highest quality content possible.
  • Day 2, Demonstration Day: The district hosted an on-site experience that included walk-through visits to three schools (two high schools and a middle school) so the participants had the opportunity to observe LDC work in classrooms across disciplines, see an example PLC discussion among colleagues, and discuss their findings among peers.
  • Day 3, Coach Institute: Participants were invited to hear from and speak to the team of administrators in Rankin who are spearheading this initiative and are guiding this successful implementation and roll-out. A panel discussion was conducted in order to shed light on how Rankin processed and attacked challenges throughout the planning and implementation process including how to balance various priorities, how to effectively generate staff buy-in and commitment, and examples of various roadblocks that they were able to overcome.

"It was wonderful to see everything come together," said Barb Smith, LDC's Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning. "It was really powerful PD, and that's always exciting."

Thanks to the Rankin County School District's in-depth preparation, Demo Day participants were able to travel between the four schools that were involved in the Demo Day in school buses, which gave participants further opportunity to mingle and talk about what they had seen.  

The third and final day of the event closed by focusing on looking at student work—checking to make sure students were demonstrating mastery of the standards in their work and thinking about how formative assessment can increase students' skills.

It was a wonderful three days of professional learning. "I walked away not only intrigued but well informed, and I knew I could go back to my school and district and use all the knowledge that I acquired," said one participant. That's the goal of a Demo Day: not only to spread LDC across schools and districts but to spread knowledge and empower teachers.





A Look Into LDC's Coach Certification Program

April 2017 marks the expansion of LDC's Coach Certification program. Up to this date, coach certification was limited to large groups, cohorts, and partnership organizations. While LDC will continue to work with these partners, state agencies, and LEAs, the expansion of this offering comes as a response to the feedback from educators across the country.

LDC News 1178 April 3, 2017

April 2017 marks the expansion of LDC's Coach Certification program.

Up to this date, coach certification was limited to large groups, cohorts, and partnership organizations. While LDC will continue to work with these partners, state agencies, and LEAs, the expansion of this offering comes as a response to the feedback from educators across the country.

With more than 50,000 educators practicing LDC's backward design process and using the nationally vetted curriculum library, LDC CoreTools, the demand for additional support is something the organization is thrilled to provide.

The expansion will allow districts, of all shapes, sizes, and locations to build capacity and further develop their instructional coaches.

Literacy Design Collaborative can now be a more flexible partner to those entities working to extend and expand their teacher leadership and coach networks.

LDC is proud to offer coaches the opportunity to earn badges and create artifacts that demonstrate the work they will do to deepen their practice!

Learn more!

This recorded presentation, facilitated by LDC's Director of Partnerships and Professional Development, Barb Smith, Ph.D., walks through each component of the LDC Coach Certification learning progression. Take a look into the virtual courses, workshops, and institutes that comprise this powerful professional learning experience and see how the work of a coach can be so helpful for so many educators.

LDC is passionately committed to helping teachers and coaches enact standards in their instruction.

The addition of this new offering is sure to continue this meaningful work!

For questions, please contact: marketing@ldc.org.


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