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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.