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Committed to LDC: Arkansas Educators Enhance Their Professional Expertise

Literacy Design Collaborative
September 9, 2014

As the new school year kicks into high gear, summer is now just a memory. Many members of the LDC community spent the summer delving deeper into LDC, which has deep roots in Arkansas—beginning with the state’s pioneering work with SREB several years ago and evolving into a robust statewide system of supports for schools. Read on to find out how educators in Arkansas, working with their Department of Education, expanded their professional expertise.

Do you have a story to share? How did you engage with LDC on your summer vacation and how will this school year be enhanced as a result? Tell us! (Scroll to the end of this blog post to add your comment.)

Register NOW for the Next LDC Jurying Workshop

September 4, 2014

The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) and the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) are pleased to invite you and your colleagues to participate in a full-day workshop on the LDC module jurying system in Chicago on Monday, October 20, 2014. LDC and SCALE offer jurying workshops twice annually that are open to the LDC Community of Practice. The second workshop is scheduled for March 2015.

Customizing the Instructional Ladder With Students in Mind: Exemplary Modules from IU13 Educators

Literacy Design Collaborative
September 3, 2014

Please join us in congratulating these exemplary educators from Pennsylvania for their LDC modules, which have been reviewed by members of the national LDC jurying team and rated exemplary: 

Beth Ann E. Sahd Lindsay M. Sigman:
American Dream: Reality, Promise or Illusion?  

Meagan I. Brockway & Curtis E. Martin
Calculating the Costs: Atomic Bombs in 1945 

Their 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.

Valuing Teacher Expertise in Curriculum Design

Literacy Design Collaborative
August 27, 2014

When I meet students at the beginning of the school year I ask them to consider the opportunities they have for the next 10 months. What alliances will they form? How might they contribute to school culture? Which aspects of their personalities, which talents and skills, might be revealed for the first time? What frustrating nut of learning might they be able to crack?

Teachers also need to consider the possibilities that lie ahead. If we are lifelong learners, we are constantly evolving, growing, and adapting. The education profession is ever-changing, as evidenced by the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Teachers have an opportunity to revisit instruction through new lenses, with the purpose of better preparing students for the rigors of college and employment and the challenges of citizenship.

Curriculum design has always been one of my favorite aspects of teaching, one that I connect to the fashion world. I draw the ensemble, develop the pattern that will create it, and hand the pieces to my students, who are tasked to stitch them together and create a collection that is worthy of an educational runway. With the advent of CCSS, curriculum development now takes center stage.

New LDC CoreTools Feature: Aligning Your Module to the Jury Rubric

August 25, 2014

Since LDC and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) first introduced the Jurying Rubric for LDC Modules and the LDC Communit

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.

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