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A Great New Resource for Integrating History and Literacy Instruction

Suzanne Simons
July 9, 2014

Check out: Reading, Thinking, and Writing About History: Teaching Argument Writing to Diverse Learners in the Common Core Classroom, Grades 6-12—a newly published book by Chauncey Monte-Sano (of Reading Like a Historian fame), Susan De La Paz, and Mark Felton). This is a great new resource for integrating history and literacy instruction. Learn about teaching and assessing historical thinking and disciplinary literacy through cognitive apprenticeship.    

Introducing New LDC CoreTools Features to Support “Stand-Alone” Mini-Tasks

Rob Kasher
June 30, 2014

As of June 30th, LDC CoreTools has been upgraded to support teachers in a number of important ways. 

Most significantly, LDC CoreTools now enables users to work with literacy mini-tasks in a “stand-alone” environment. Before the upgrade, mini-tasks could only be created or edited within the module-authoring environment. Likewise, the library of vetted mini-tasks was only accessible from within the module-authoring environment. Now users can create, edit, copy, and share individual stand-alone mini-tasks.

Announcing LDC Big Bank Task Template Collections

Suzanne Simons
June 25, 2014

LDC is delighted to share its Big Bank Task Template Collections. These collections, K–5 and 6–12, contain task templates based on the Common Core Reading Standards, Grades K–12. Each standard for reading literature, reading informational, ELA for history and social studies, and ELA for science and technical subjects has been turned into the LDC task template format.


Join the Common Core: What Works? Blogathon

Literacy Design Collaborative
June 20, 2014

Between July 7–31st, educators from around the country will be posting and commenting on blogs on the topic of Common Core: What Works? Sponsored by our friends and colleagues on the Literacy team at Puget Sound Educational Service District, the 2014 Common Core Blogathon is a great opportunity to share best practices and engage with fellow educators implementing the Common Core and LDC in their classrooms. Readers will be sharing the content and commenting on what they read on PSESD’s CORElaborate website, all in an effort to increase capacity and success around Common Core alignment.

All About LDC Mini-Tasks

Rob Kasher
June 17, 2014

Community of Practice Manager Rob Kantner describes mini-tasks, their uses, and tools used to develop quality mini-tasks.

LDC Research Update

Literacy Design Collaborative
June 12, 2014

As part of our mission to provide the most effective resources and services possible to improve teacher and student outcomes, LDC is engaged in a number of research projects focused on the strength, relevance, and impact of our tools. We’d like to highlight three key studies published in 2013–2014 and alert our community of practice to several exciting new LDC research endeavors.


Teachers: Submit Your Modules for National Jurying!

Rob Kasher
June 10, 2014

As many of you know, the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) has developed a rigorous jurying rubric used by trained LDC jurors for reviewing teachers' LDC work, rating the quality of the work, and providing feedback. Click here to learn more.

Currently, any modules rated Exemplary are published in the LDC CoreTools Module Library to honor excellent teacher work and to provide exemplars to the entire community to help improve LDC instruction and student achievement across the country. Soon, LDC will begin publishing modules rated Good to Go as well, as these modules also feature terrific teacher work that lead to positive student outcomes.

Up until now, LDC's national jurying team has juried only those modules submitted directly by its partner organizations. Today, we are for the first time directly soliciting teachers to submit their own modules for national jurying. We invite you to select the best module that you designed and taught during the 2013-14 school year and submit it directly to us by June 23rd.

Louisiana Educators Embrace LDC Module Juror Training

Literacy Design Collaborative
June 5, 2014

Braving torrential rains and severe thunderstorms, 76 intrepid educators—district office staff, coaches, and teachers from Assumption, Bossier, Calcasieu, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Sabine, Terrebonne, and West Baton Rouge Parishes; Monroe City Schools; and representatives from the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)—convened in Port Allen, Louisiana on May 28th to participate in LDC/SCALE Module Juror Training. Trainers from LDC National, the LDC design team, and LDC partners, including Reach Associates, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Southern Regional Education Board, and the National Writing Project were on hand to help facilitate the sessions.

Organized by West Baton Rouge Associate Superintendent Sharon Lair with Secondary Supervisor Dawn Henry and Terrebonne Assistant Superintendent Carol Davis, with support from the LDOE and LDC, the workshop opened with a welcome and introduction from Dr. Suzanne Simons, LDC Chief of Instruction & Design, and Dr. Ruth Chung Wei, Director of Assessment Research and Development at SCALE.

More Exemplary Modules and Mini-Tasks!

Literacy Design Collaborative
May 30, 2014

The LDC Module Library now includes more than 50 exemplary modules; the Mini-Task Library includes more than 100 … and counting!

As a national movement of teachers, LDC is rapidly expanding its library of exemplary modules, bank of effective mini-tasks, and collection of tools and resources for supporting teachers’ efforts to engage students in rigorous, CCSS-aligned learning. 

Thanks to the efforts of dedicated educators within the LDC community of practice whose modules have been reviewed by members of the national jurying team and rated exemplary, thousands of teachers across the country have been able to access and use LDC modules and mini-tasks to improve their practice and lead students to academic success.

Join us on LDC CoreTools to access Exemplary Module and Mini-Task Libraries from your own account!

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.

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