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St. Bernard Parish Showcase Highlights LDC in Action

Literacy Design Collaborative
May 22, 2014

Over 100 English, science, and social studies teachers and school administrators from across 20 Louisiana school districts gathered at Chalmette High School on May 19th to participate in St. Bernard Parish’s 3rd LDC/MDC Showcase. Alex (Alexandra) LaPres, an instructional coach at Chalmette High, was the primary organizer of the LDC side of the event. Participants had the opportunity to hear about LDC from both a novice and veteran’s point of view and to visit lab classes to see LDC in action.

2014-15 Jurying Rubric for LDC Modules

Rob Kasher
May 15, 2014

In partnership with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE), LDC is pleased to share the new 2014–2015 Jurying Rubric for LDC Modules. A special thank-you to the LDC community members who participated in the last round of jurying and juror training held in Denver earlier this year; we have incorporated their invaluable feedback in the development of this new rubric. The 2014–2015 Jurying Rubric is now available here in both PDF and MS-Word formats and is included in the online LDC Jury Tool.

New Research for Action LDC Case Study

Literacy Design Collaborative
May 14, 2014

Following three years of extensive data collection in LDC study sites throughout the country, Research for Action (RFA) has published three case studies to illustrate how LDC tools have been adopted in different settings and contexts, and which approaches have contributed to the successful adoption and use of the tools.

Enacting Common Core Instruction: How Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Leveraged Its Position as an Educational Service Agency to Implement and Scale the LDC Initiative focuses on how Intermediate Unit 13, a Pennsylvania intermediary educational service unit (and LDC partner) has provided leadership, leveraged resources, and built district capacity to effectively use Common Core-aligned literacy tools to scale the initiative.

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Exemplary Times Two

Literacy Design Collaborative
May 8, 2014

As you may have read in a recent blog post, A Closer Look at "Mother to Son," a new elementary module created by Jody Pittock and Cathy Feldman of Reach Associates, an LDC partner, was cited as exemplary and included in LDC CoreTools. According to Cathy and Jody, attention to grade specific reading and writing standards and the inclusion of a close reading lesson as a central focus were priorities.  

 

New Exemplary Modules in LDC CoreTools!

Literacy Design Collaborative
May 7, 2014

Join us in congratulating these educators 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.

The process for jurying modules was created under the aegis of the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) and the LDC Design Team. Our SCALE experts and the jurors they’ve trained have reviewed hundreds of modules using a tested and revised set of rigorous criteria to identify teacher-­authored modules that are Common Core-­aligned, built from challenging teaching tasks, filled with strong literacy instruction, and supported by excellent resources for teachers and students.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5-9

Literacy Design Collaborative
May 5, 2014
A heartfelt thank-you to the thousands of educators whose dedication to students and the craft of teaching has enriched so many lives.

In the words of one LDC teacher, "I love my job, but I love my students even more!"

We honor teachers and commend them for their professionalism and perseverance despite the challenges they may face. LDC is proud to partner with teachers to support them in their important work.

Join Us at the College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference

Literacy Design Collaborative
May 5, 2014

If you haven't already made plans to attend the second annual LDC (and MDC) College- and Career-Readiness Standards Networking Conference in Nashville, July 14−16, don't wait! Hosted by our partner the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the conference offers a great venue for networking with LDC community members, presenting your own LDC work, and participating in professional learning that will leave you envigorated and enriched.

The deadline for presentation proposals has been extended to May 15, so there's still time to submit a proposal to share your LDC success story or best practices. Early bird registration rates have also been extended to May 15.

New Elementary Template Tasks

Suzanne Simons
April 30, 2014

LDC is delighted to announce the release of the new LDC Elementary Template Task Beta Collection. We have received countless requests for these collections and now, in collaboration with many members of the LDC community of practice, we have developed a template task collection for three grade bands: K/1, 2/3, and 4/5. This collection is based on earlier work in many districts using LDC template tasks in the elementary grades, as well as previous elementary template tasks. 

 

Find Your Content Standards Quickly: LDC CoreTools Enhancements

Rob Kasher
April 23, 2014

Last month, we upgraded LDC CoreTools to help teachers quickly and easily identify the grade-level Common Core literacy standards addressed in their modules' teaching tasks and instructional ladders. We are pleased to announce that we have updated the “Additional Standards” selector to make it easier for teachers to find specific content standards as well. The improvements described below are now included in the “Additional Standards” selector.

More Exemplary Modules in LDC CoreTools!

Literacy Design Collaborative
April 22, 2014

Join us in congratulating these educators 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.

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