What is the Puget Sound ESD Literacy Design Collaborative?
Literacy Design Collaborative: A planning framework to support Common Core
Are you wondering how to support implementation the Common Core Standards for literacy in all disciplines? Do you want to increase rigor to support all students in becoming college and career ready? Are you looking for ways to infuse literacy throughout the day without the purchase of costly new materials?
The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) offers an innovate approach to teaching literacy in both English Language Arts and content areas in grades K-12th. Designed to make literacy instruction the foundation of the core subjects, LDC allows teachers to build content on top of a coherent approach to literacy. This is drastically different than past, less structured notions of “adding” reading and writing when possible to the teaching of content.
The LDC work started with a small practitioner team set on addressing the intransigent challenges of adolescent literacy. Building from research and their field expertise, they created a literacy framework for the core secondary subject areas of ELA, social studies and science. The effort quickly expanded to become the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC), and now includes elementary grades. The initiative involves an ever-growing set of partners, with teachers firmly leading the development.“If you plan this instruction right,” according to an Oregon history teacher who pioneered the LDC strategy, “you do not take time away from your content. In the end, the students will learn the content better than if they had not worked on their literacy skills at all.” (The 1.0 Guidebook to LDC, p. 12)
Teachers use the LDC framework as a common chassis to create LDC tasks, modules, and courses designed to teach students to meet common core literacy standards while engaging in demanding content. LDC partners and teachers are trying out the LDC strategy, sharing insights about results, proposing ways to design the LDC tools, and moving LDC to wider use.
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