Focus on what matters most: High-quality assignments students and teachers use every day
LDC curricula are built on best practices in the planning, instruction, and assessment of writing-in-response-to-reading tasks.
With a focus on authentic disciplinary literacy, LDC aligns with Understanding by Design (UbD) as a backward design system that ensures teachers actively teach—not assign—what matters and then assess what they teach.
With LDC, teachers adapt existing standards-driven LDC assignments to fit their classrooms or plan new rigorous assignments using LDC’s innovative online learning platform, LDC CoreTools.
LDC is not an initiative. Instead, we believe in supporting teachers to be more efficient in the work they do every day. That’s why we provide shell task templates for building and adapting standards-driven assignments that can work within any curricular scope and sequence.
LDC templates ensure that assignments in any curriculum and in any discipline meet the rigor of academic standards. LDC Task Templates are available for K–1, 2–5, and 6–12.
LDC student work rubrics formatively and summatively assess student work for evidence of disciplinary content and literacy standards and skills in grades K-12. The normed and calibrated SCALE rubrics are adaptable, so you can select specific rows, combine specific rows from several rubrics, or use an entire rubric. We offer these options for K-12:
Argumentative Writing Rubrics
Informational Writing Rubrics
NGSS Science Disciplinary Rubrics
C3 Social Studies Disciplinary Rubrics
CCSS Reading Standards Rubrics
The LDC curriculum improvement cycle
Curriculum matters. That’s why LDC offers states, regional networks, and school districts a suite of customizable curriculum improvement services that puts quality curriculum first. We focus on helping educators develop discipline-specific, standards-driven, backward design curriculum.
LDC analyzes existing curricula and assesses scope and sequences, then provides recommendations on how to ensure equity and guarantee throughout a curriculum.
Curriculum Planning and Development
LDC partners with districts and schools to construct curriculum maps that define viable, guaranteed curriculum.
The LDC National Faculty vets curriculum anchors so educators can receive written feedback to build capacity for improved curriculum development.
LDC curriculum experts help develop curriculum life cycles and train local curriculum reviewers to ensure sustainability.
Our curriculum improvement services lead to measurable results in teacher and coach efficacy and in student outcomes.
Ensuring quality curriculum
Quality curriculum matters and the ability to efficiently and effectively design and build that curriculum is a difference maker. With the LDC CoreTools learning platform, educators build curriculum and integrate formative and summative rubric reviews into curriculum development, professional learning workflows, and credentialing. Curriculum vetting through our nationally calibrated double-blind peer review system ensures generations of students have the opportunity to access high-quality, rigorous curriculum as an integral part of their school experience.