Literacy Design Collaborative

What is the Literacy Design Collaborative?

The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) offers a research-based approach to incorporating literacy into all areas of content in middle and high school by providing a common framework that facilitates teacher creativity and builds literacy skills across content areas.

Literacy Design CollaborativeEducators use the LDC framework as a common chassis to create their own LDC tasks, modules, and courses.  Students are exposed to the Common Core State Standards in literacy while also learning to meet content demands in other subject areas, at high levels of performance.

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See for yourself how educators from Ponderosa Elementary School in Loveland are getting kids excited about reading and writing.

There are four steps an educator uses to complete the LDC process.

  1. Select an LDC template aligned to the standards and write a task.
  2. Identify the skills students need to succeed on the task.
  3. Create the instructional plan for teaching content and utilizing specific literacy skills.
  4. Determine how student work meets expectations using a common rubric.

 LDC Provides Educators With:

  • A vehicle for delivering content while incorporating reading and writing tasks.
  • A tool for guiding rigorous instruction and backwards design.
  • Strategies to differentiate instruction.
  • Formative assessments.
  • Common language and structure to facilitate collaboration across schools, districts and the nation.
  • Instructional strategies that foster student engagement while delivering Colorado Academic Standards, including CCSS.
  • Discipline specific literacy skills.

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