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LDC Peer Review & Alignment

LDC work can be validated using a Curriculum Alignment Rubric for "Peer Reivew" that confirms a module’s alignment to the LDC Design System and to the demands of College and Career Readiness Standards. The  Rubric was developed in partnership with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) at Stanford University and tested with educators from across the country.

The LDC Peer-Review Rubric provides the LDC Community of Practice with common language for what alignment looks like and serves as a valuable tool for coaching, teacher-to-teacher feedback, and self-reflection during and/or after the module design process. Using the rubric results in structured and actionable feedback on how to improve a module. It is also used to identify modules that meet the standards of Good to Go or Exemplary LDC design and can be published at a district, state, or national level.

While teachers, coaches, and others are encouraged to try using the peer-review functionality in LDC CoreTools on their own, the process of becoming well calibrated with the LDC Rubric requires some training and practice—just as it takes training and practice for teachers to become calibrated to rubrics for scoring student work.


LDC Peer Review Training & Certification

LDC seeks to support the Community of Practice in becoming trained using and calibrated to the rubric to earn varying badges signifying these professional accomplishments that can have a real impact on LDC work in the field for both teachers and coaches


LDC National Peer Review

Members of the LDC Community of Practice can submit their modules to be considered for national peer review and publication in the LDC CoreTools Curriculum Library. Learn more about the LDC national peer-review process.


LDC Peer-Review Process in LDC CoreTools

LDC CoreTools allows users to:

  • View the LDC Peer-Review Rubric
  • Engage in national peer review (if serving as a national reviewer) (watch a demo)
  • Submit modules for national peer review and conduct formative reviews of others' modules when requested (watch a demo)
  • Request formative reviews of each other's modules (watch a demo)
  • Self-assess their modules using the peer-review feature.


Learn How to Use the Peer Review Feature in LDC CoreTools

The peer-review feature in LDC CoreTools can be used in a variety of ways. Teachers can use it to self-assess their modules during and after authoring modules; colleagues can formatively review each others' modules (either individually or through a consensus process); and modules can be nationally reviewed using this feature. To leverage the peer review feature to its fullest extent, practitioners should become aligned to the LDC Rubric by participating in LDC peer review training and then becoming calibrated to the rubric. Learn more in the LDC Peer Review Handbook.

Whether or not you have received national training, you can engage in some quick tasks that are typically used to acclimate participants to the peer-review feature in LDC CoreTools:

  1. Watch this demo of peer-review functionality in LDC CoreTools (15 minutes)
  2. Following the screencast, complete and submit a review of “Demo Module for Peer Review Workshop” (15 minutes). 
    • Go to "More Options" within the "Demo Module" and then click “Create Review”; then click “Yes” to start the review. (You can also click "Submit for Review" and assign this "Demo Module" to others -- be sure that they have the appropriate instructions!)
    • Complete the twelve demo tasks that are outlined in the text of the module. You can also access those tasks here in a separate document. 
    • Note that this module can now be found in the “Reviews” tab of LDC CoreTools, so you can stop and come back and finish it later if you like.

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