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Teachers

We are delighted that you have discovered LDC and invite you to join our national community of professional educators.

Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a teacher-created instructional design system that transforms educator practice through the use of online tools and resources that facilitate collaboration, content development, and professional learning to effectively implement College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in K–12 classrooms. 

Leveraging the wisdom of the nationwide community, LDC offers you:

  • A growing suite of teacher-designed online tools and resources (guides, videos, samples of student work, etc.) that will help you teach CCRS effectively and save you time
  • A growing bank of vetted "exemplary" teacher-designed modules—rigorous reading and writing assignments with instructional plans for various content areas and grade levels
  • A library of teacher-designed and -tested mini-tasks that demonstrate how to build and formatively assess students' capacity to complete rigorous assignments
  • Opportunities to learn from other teachers and collaborate with peers school-wide, district-wide, state-wide, and across the country
  • Opportunities to grow as a leader in your own school or within the national LDC Community of Practice.

Ready to Begin? If you are new to LDC, spend some time in the How LDC Works section of our website to familiarize yourself with the LDC Framework and nomenclature. Then it's time to get started with LDC CoreTools!

Questions? See our Teacher FAQs below.

FAQ: 

Does LDC replace my current curriculum or require me to teach certain topics, content, or texts?

No. LDC allows teachers to infuse their existing curricula with literacy instruction, translating their discipline-specific content into CCRS alignment. LDC modules can be inserted within a given unit, between units, and/or at certain points across a course curriculum. The LDC Framework is a way of approaching instructional design that allows teachers the flexibility to select the discipline area topics, texts, content, student tasks, and instructional strategies that flow directly from a CCRS-aligned teaching task.

Teachers can use the LDC tools to plan instruction; access tasks, prompts, and rubrics; and figure out how to assess student work. The LDC Framework can support any teaching style, instructional block, or content demand and is purposefully flexible to allow teachers significant instructional choice in these areas.

Learn more by getting an overview of LDC, or by accessing help resources and materials for LDC modules, mini-tasks, or courses.

How does LDC help me design and implement instruction aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards?

The LDC Framework is a teacher-centered chassis for backward-planning CCRS-aligned literacy instruction. Using the framework with fidelity ensures that students will be challenged with assignments that address CCRSreading and writing standards. The Framework also encourages teachers to dive deeper into and unpack the grade-level specific content standards.

Learn more about CCRS within LDC modules.

Major pieces of student work that come out of LDC modules are scored with a CCRS-aligned rubric. Learn more about the LDC Jurying Rubric.

Additionally, the LDC Framework ensures that teachers identify their students’ needs in terms of CCRS literacy skills and then helps teachers address those needs through disciplinary content. Learn more about how LDC helps teachers identify their students’ CCRS literacy skill needs and address them in modules and mini-tasks.

Will LDC save me time?

Yes. LDC teachers report that while there is an upfront time commitment necessary to learn about the LDC Framework and become accustomed to the tools, they begin to save sizeable amounts of time as they reuse their own LDC work, adopt/adapt from the LDC exemplars and example instructional approaches, and share with each other. LDC also saves teachers time they would have otherwise spent looking for CCRS materials that are proven to be successful.

How does LDC help me collaborate with other teachers and/or coaches?

LDC is an instructional design system that encourages collaboration among educators to lead to the best possible instruction to ensure student success. The quality of modules and mini-tasks is typically highest when colleagues work together throughout the process by using protocols for “looking at student work,” formative assessment, lesson study, and/or instructional reflection and revision.

LDC CoreTools enables existing school teams and/or their coaches to easily share documents and collaborate or comment on module design in real time. LDC CoreTools also makes it possible for teachers across the LDC Community of Practice—across schools, districts, networks, and states—to do the same.

Inside LDC CoreTools, teachers have access to vetted teacher-created modules, mini-tasks, and help resources (including guidebooks, teacher and student artifacts, and videos). LDC CoreTools also allows teachers to share any work-in-progress curriculum materials either widely to the entire community or specifically to whomever they want. 

How do I know that LDC works?

LDC is one of the few literacy resources related to the CCRS that has undergone an independent evaluation. The bottom line is that for the past three years, evaluations show that LDC is significantly improving the quality of literacy teaching and learning—resulting in greater student engagement and achievement. And, the research is ongoing so we continue to learn more about what works and what needs improvement. Visit our Research and Results page to see studies on the effectiveness of LDC in the classroom. 

For additional FAQs, click here.

You can find additional FAQs for teachers here, and there are also topic-specific FAQs available at the bottom of each page throughout "How LDC Works."