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Coaches

This page outlines how a coach can leverage LDC (and our Approved Professional Development Partners) to support teachers across all content areas to become excellent teachers of literacy. We do this primarily by pointing you to resources and tools available within this LDC website, some of which are highlighted on the right hand side of this page. 

LDC and our Approved Professional Development Partners provide coaches with resources and tools for leading engaging and effective professional learning with teachers. In addition to the resources already referenced on the right-hand side of this page, over the next few weeks and months LDC will be adding new, innovative materials that have been shared by our PD and state and district partners. Both experienced and new coaches can find here an ever-expanding bank of resources and tools to support their work. Follow us on Twitter (@LitDesignCollab) for regular updates on new materials added to the website.

Coaching is a critical component in LDC. When it comes to Common Core literacy expectations, teachers cannot be expected to know every answer to every challenge in the classroom. The quality of modules and literacy tasks—and therefore student outcomes—is typically highest when teachers are collaboratively coached through the framework to use protocols with their colleagues for “looking at student work,” formative assessment, lesson study, and instructional reflection and revision.

LDC provides coaches with flexibility and a number of options for using the framework to coach individuals, teams, and large groups of teachers to meet the demands of the Common Core Standards. Because the LDC teacher tools were designed with collaboration in mind, they allow for easy, effective and engaging ways for coaches to work with teachers. They also place professional development squarely into teachers’ day-to-day work in the classroom, making it highly relevant to their efforts to improve student learning.

Current LDC Coach

  • Learn more about the new LDC tools for coaches at LDC CoreTools [hyperlink to LDC CoreTools help/landing page on the site]
  • Check out new resources from our Stanford University SCALE partners to ensure quality modules (link).

New to LDC Coaching? 

  • Review our “Getting Started as a New LDC Coach” below
  • Take a tour of “How LDC Works”
  • Resources for LDC Coaches: Review our PD Resources at right
  • Tools for LDC Coaches: LDC CoreTools
  • Connect to one of our Approved LDC PD Partners

Getting Started as a New LDC Coach

After working with teachers and coaches for the last four years, LDC has found that coaches are best prepared when they learn LDC the same way a teacher does. This means delving deeply into LDC by designing and implementing an LDC module, examining the student work generated, reflecting on module design in light of the student work and teacher learning, and modifying future instruction. It also means analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of sample modules using the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) jurying rubric. Access resources to support a coach’s module creation and the SCALE jurying rubric and training protocols. 

Take a Tour of “How LDC Works”

You can find online guidance for learning about the LDC framework the same way a teacher will—by clicking on the “How LDC Works” link to the left. You can design your own module here. Also be sure to browse our collection of exemplary modules here. 

Resources for LDC Coaches

We also encourage you to reach out to us or our LDC partners for further information and assistance in learning about LDC. We strongly believe that coaches should take these critical first steps before attempting to train others in the LDC methodology.

By experiencing LDC for themselves, LDC coaches are best able to design training materials that suit their style and their teachers. That said, coaches certainly do not have to reinvent the wheel. Numerous LDC partners and coaches have already created excellent packages of professional development materials that have been widely vetted by teachers. Topics on the right-hand side of this page addressed in the LDC professional development materials include:

  • Introducing the LDC framework
  • Engaging teachers in designing a high-quality LDC teaching task
  • Engaging teachers in creating an LDC module
  • Scoring student work using the LDC rubric and vetted protocols
  • Validating LDC modules for CCSS alignment and quality using the LDC module rubric and jurying protocols

You can adopt or adapt the materials provided here and, of course, you can design your own if you choose. In either case, LDC Approved Professional Development Partners are happy to provide you with additional support and input as you design your training efforts.

Tools for Coaches:  LDC CoreTools

LDC CoreTools facilitates your work with teachers, allowing you to provide them with support and feedback during and in between (or in place of, if necessary) face-to-face training and coaching. CoreTools allows you and your teachers to easily share documents and collaborate or comment on module design online in real time. Additionally, CoreTools gives coaches access to vetted teacher-created exemplary modules, mini-tasks, and help resources (including manuals and videos) to use in your training. And, CoreTools connects you and your teachers with the larger LDC community. You can share any work you are doing either widely with the entire LDC community or specifically with whomever you want.   (hyperlink to the LDC CoreTools landing page]

Ensuring High-Quality Modules

The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) has created and tested a “jurying” rubric and protocols to validate the CCSS alignment and overall quality of LDC modules. (See SCALE materials here.) Coaches are encouraged to use these resources in their training. The SCALE materials help to engage teachers in understanding the qualities of strong modules and to identify areas in which teachers tend to struggle during module design; both are important to informing teachers’ thinking as they take on the LDC framework. The LDC module rubric also provides coaches with a way to give timely, constructive feedback to teachers as they design their own teaching tasks and modules. Learn more about the LDC module jurying process [hyperlink to “How LDC Works: Tools to Ensure CCSS Alignment”].

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Approved LDC PD Partners

Whether a coach adopts or adapts some of the PD materials referenced on this page or designs and creates their own, they may be interested in seeking support from one of our LDC Approved PD Partners.  Click here for a link to our LDC partners. You can also reach out to the national LDC organization for support in your work. Contact us. (hyper)

Do you have your own LDC training/coaching materials that you’d like to share with your colleagues? If so, please contact us.