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LDC Modules: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Mary Lynn Huie
April 8, 2014

LDC lends itself to having students work across disciplines as they consider topics from various perspectives. Teachers who can collaborate across disciplines on a common project or who teach a group of students more than one subject can use LDC to develop modules that address important content standards for multiple subjects. 

21st Century Networking and Collaborating With LDC

Literacy Design Collaborative
April 7, 2014

Listen as seventh-grade ELA teacher Jessica Cuthbertson from Vista PEAK Exploratory in Colorado (Aurora Public Schools) describes how LDC has enhanced her professional expertise, enabling her to collaborate and network with the national community of practice in "21st century ways."

Students in LDC Classrooms Exceed Statewide Results

Literacy Design Collaborative
April 7, 2014

Nicole Craig, a reading intervention teacher at Avalon Middle School (AMS) in Orlando, Florida, knows firsthand that LDC is a good fit in classes geared toward struggling readers and writers.

LDC Work Session: Using Technology to Assess and Improve Student Writing

Literacy Design Collaborative
April 3, 2014

Last weekend, 25 reflective and insightful teachers descended on the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) training site in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on a rainy Saturday to discuss the potential integration of writing software into the LDC Framework. The session commenced with software demos generously provided by representatives from Pearson (Write to Learn), ETS (Criterion), and Measurement Incorporated (NC Write). 

Export Modules to a PDF With a Grid View for What Instruction?

April 2, 2014

An “Export to PDF” feature was recently added to LDC CoreTools that will allow you to generate a neatly formatted electronic copy of a module that can also be printed. This new feature is located in the “Module Settings” drop-down that is found in the upper-left corner of the LDC CoreTools module viewer/editor.

Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Teaching Your First Module

Baba Olumiji
March 31, 2014

So you have downloaded the module, reviewed your teaching task, previewed the reading materials, and reviewed the rubric. Now it is time to take the module into the classroom and make it come to life for the benefit of your students. Similar to introducing any new curriculum model to students, there may be moments where you will become stuck and questions will develop in your mind. Below are some tips and strategies that I have found beneficial to my students and me as we work through modules. 


LDC Session Inspires and Motivates Teachers New to LDC

Literacy Design Collaborative
March 26, 2014

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. 


LDC CoreTools Now Includes Grade-Level Common Core Standards

March 24, 2014

LDC CoreTools users in the Community of Practice have asked for improvements in CoreTools that would enable them to specify precise grade-level Common Core standards in their modules instead of the more general anchor standards that have been used in the past. This major improvement has been implemented and is now accessible in LDC CoreTools!

New Exemplary Modules in LDC CoreTools!

Literacy Design Collaborative
March 24, 2014

Join us in congratulating these teachers for their LDC modules, which have been reviewed by members of the national LDC jurying team and rated exemplary. The exemplary modules have been included in LDC CoreTools and are available across our national community of practice to help other teachers improve their practice and lead students across the country to academic success.

Supporting Students in Multi-Level Classrooms

Dr. Suzanne Simons
March 20, 2014

The grade-level Common Core standards that are now included in LDC CoreTools can be a huge support for all teachers with multi-level classrooms—including special education, ELL, and striving readers. 

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