•  The Literacy Design Collaborative and the i3 Grant in LAUSD

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    What is the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)? 

    At the heart of it, LDC is a framework for instructional design. It came about in response to the instructional shifts and literacy demands of the new College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). The original design team (brought together by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) consisted of literacy and curriculum experts, including classroom teachers, and was focused on creating a system in which both literacy and rigorous core content were central to instruction.  The resulting framework provided templates for writing prompts that addressed the various genres of writing required by the Common Core, had varying levels of cognitive rigor within each genre, and created an instructional ladder of literacy skills that are transferable across disciplines.  Each task has the writing standards "hardwired" into the language of the prompt, and requires that students respond in writing to core content materials and concepts that they have read and/or researched.  

     
    The LDC has since grown into its own non-profit organization that partners with professional development providers, districts and states across the country. The templates have been revised slightly over time, but the fundamental structure of the framework remains the same. A growing body of research supports LDC's effectiveness as a tool for improving instructional design and student performance, as well as for supporting teacher collaboration and reflective practice.
     
    On LDC's website, ldc.org, teachers can create a free account and access the design tool through the CoreTools link. Once inside CoreTools, teachers have their own library, where they can create, share, or copy existing mini-tasks and modules from the LDC Curriculum Library.  The library of existing teacher-created mini-tasks and modules may be used as they are, built into your own module, or modified. The library contains tasks and modules that apply to a variety of content areas and grade-levels, and that support building students' content knowledge and literacy skills. To be clear, the LDC does not provide a curriculum or set of lessons. It provides a framework for design that provides structure and focus for teacher planning.  
     

    What is the i3 Grant? 

     The Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant was awarded to the LDC by the United States Department of Education. Over the five years of the grant, LDC will work with schools and teachers in LAUSD and New York City (NYDOE) through a blended learning model, to support intentional instructional design that addresses the literacy standards of the Common Core and develops transferable literacy skills in students. As part of the grant, UCLA's Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) is collecting data on the impact of this work on teacher progress and student performance. Schools at any level, elementary through high school, are invited to participate in the grant. For more information, please see the LDC i3 Landing Page.
     
     
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    Quick Links 

     
    The Literacy Design Collaborative website and
    CoreTools  login page (Free for anyone to use)
     
    LDC i3 Landing Page
    Information on grant participation and LDC in action 
     
    Thank you for your interest in the LDC i3 project! Whether you are a district leader, school administrator, or teacher, we are so pleased you are interested in learning more about the i3 opportunity. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey and we will be in touch!