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How Did You Spend Your Summer Vacation?

Barb Smith
August 25, 2014

The summer months provide educators with an opportunity for renewal, reflection, and relaxation. Sunny days and a more relaxed pace give us the chance to catch our breath, take stock, and plan to begin anew.


Each fall is a fresh new start and I’m wildly optimistic about helping students achieve their aspirations.

Over the next few weeks, let us know about your LDC summer learning. How did you engage with LDC on your summer vacation and how will this school year be enhanced as a result? Tell us! 

Read on to find out how educators at the National Literacy Project (NLP) spent their summer vacation collaborating to produce 137 new LDC modules!

Special Back-to-School Offer at This Weekend

Literacy Design Collaborative
August 22, 2014

Spread the word! For three days, from August 22 to August 24, 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund 50% of projects if the general public donates the remaining amount. The Gates Foundation is contributing $1,000,000 to support projects on, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need.

LDC Is Simple, but Not Easy: Takeaways From the Atlanta Training Institute

Mary Lynn Huie
August 21, 2014

Georgia coaches attending the Coaches' Training Institute left this very intense week of workshops even more committed to using LDC to improve education in their regions. The first full day of the institute focused on how lessons from Disciplinary Literacy can improve LDC work.

Coaches Enhance Their Expertise at LDC National Training

Literacy Design Collaborative
August 19, 2014

More than 56 educators hailing from multiple states converged in Atlanta August 4–7 to participate in the first LDC Coaches’ Training Institute hosted by LDC National. Intense yet invigorating, the institute consisted primarily of working group sessions that enabled participants to both learn with and from each other.  

SREB Nashville Conference Highlights

Jeannie Sharkey
July 29, 2014

A big thank-you to LDC community members who participated in sessions hosted by the LDC National Team during the SREB College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference and the High Schools That Work Conference in Nashville earlier this month. We hope that you found these sessions—which focused on a variety of topics, including LDC research, LDC CoreTools, jurying, mini-tasks, teaching tasks, LDC in the elementary school, and the national LDC organization—useful and informative.

Beta Elementary Rubrics Now in LDC CoreTools

Suzanne Simons
July 28, 2014

Have you been using LDC in K–5? Are you looking for common language to think about student work in your LDC implementation? Have you been using modules or mini-tasks as common assignments and want to have a way to calibrate across classrooms? If so, we have good news: Beta elementary rubrics are now available in LDC CoreTools!

Meet the Newest LDC Staff Member

Literacy Design Collaborative
July 28, 2014

Meet Barb Smith, the newest additon to the LDC National staff. The LDC Manager of Professional Development and Partners, Barb is passionate about improving teaching and learning. Equally comfortable debating the legacy of Aslan versus Dumbledore with students or engaging in task development with a virtual workgroup, she has led continuous improvement efforts from first grade to college. Prior to joining LDC, she led LDC projects through Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, a Pennsylvania education service agency. She was a member of the state technical assistance team and a data liaison for the Striving Reader’s Grant. Barb holds a B.A., an M.Ed., a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility, and certificates in Reading, Curriculum and Instruction. She is a doctoral candidate at Alvernia University, working towards a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies. Barb loves to cook, travel, read, spend time outdoors, and practice boxing and yoga.

Join Us in Nashville!

Literacy Design Collaborative
July 10, 2014

We’re getting ready to head for Nashville for an exciting week at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Focusing on strategies for advancing students’ literacy and math achievement, the College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking and High Schools That Work conferences will offer a multitude of sessions tailored for new and experienced LDC users. Will we see YOU there?

This is a great opportunity to engage in professional learning, share successes (and challenges) with colleagues, network with LDC community members from across the country, and meet the LDC national team. Don’t miss the opening keynote by Melinda Gates: Every Child Deserves a Champion, on Monday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. Sessions presented by LDC National team members are listed below.

Check out the Tweet Up sessions hosted by our friends at Puget Sound Educational Service District (also listed below). Finally, don’t miss a chance to share your LDC CoreStory. Tell us about the impact LDC has had on your students and your practice. We’ll videotape you to share your story with others.

New RFA Cross-Case Study Highlights Successful LDC Implementations

Literacy Design Collaborative
July 10, 2014

In 2010, Research for Action (RFA) began a comprehensive, multi-year study of the scale-up and sustainability of the LDC Framework and tools. In 2012-13, RFA conducted case study research on the implementation of LDC in three separate locations across the country: Kenton County, Kentucky (a medium-size urban/suburban district); Hillsborough County, Florida (a large urban district); and Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Pennsylvania (a regional educational service agency).

The three case studies described in Enacting Common Core Instruction: A Comparative Study of the Use 
of LDC Literacy Tools in Three Sites illustrate how LDC tools were adopted in different settings and contexts, and which approaches and supports contributed to the successful adoption and use of the tools.

Daviess County (KY) LDC Teachers in the News

Jeannie Sharkey
July 9, 2014

Kudos to Steve Goodrid, a history teacher at Daviess County High School, and Angie Howard, a fourth-grade teacher at Country Heights Elementary School for recognition of their professional achievement. Featured in an article by Keith Lawrence, which appeared July 7, 2014 in the Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, KY), the two LDC teachers were recognized for their exemplary modules: Goodrid’s Television in the 1950s and 1960s and Howard’s Should Animals be Kept in Zoos?

See these exemplary modules—and more—in LDC CoreTools.

Read the article here (reprinted with permission):



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