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What Principals Need To Know and Demonstrate About the Literacy Design Collaborative

by | Sep 03, 2013
By Mark Glasbrenner

We are excited to bring the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) to OAC-TIF districts. LDC is a collaborative effort among Battelle, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the Metro School, and Battelle for Kids. The Literacy Design Collaborative for OAC-TIF districts is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently, 71 teachers in 16 districts throughout the OAC-TIF are participating in LDC training. 

What is the Literacy Design Collaborative College Ready Tool?

The Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) College Ready Tool (CRT) is designed to improve student literacy skills and to prepare students for success in college and in the work place. The Common Core State Standards for English and Language Arts (ELA) are the foundation of the Literacy Design Collaborative. Key components include:
  • Within the LDC, students develop their reading and writing skills as they take on teaching tasks that set demanding assignments in science, history, English, or another subject. 
  • The tools supports teachers in creating authentic learning experiences through the development of a teaching task which requires students to both read demanding texts and to produce a written product found in the discipline. 
  • Teachers build out the approach by filling in LDC template tasks with content appropriate to their own classrooms and then designing LDC modules that show the skills and instruction students need to succeed.
  • A common scoring rubric aligned to the ELA Common Core State Standards helps teachers to assess the students’ success and progress towards college readiness on their written product. 
  • LDC offers a framework for building the college-and-career-ready literacy skills specified by the Common Core State Standards. 
This is demonstrated by the students and teachers in this Literacy Matters video.


How does the LDC connect with OAC-TIF strategies and initiatives?

There is a strong connection of LDC to the OAC System of Support and Pillars of Strength, especially College- and Career-Readiness. A few of the connections our Collaborative Learning Practitioners have noted are:

What do you need to do, as a principal?

The knowledge, skills, and disposition of the principal is critical for building capacity, connectivity, and influence in the implementation of the Literacy Design Collaborative.  Ten principal practices associated with successful implementation include:
  1. Become involved and knowledgeable about LDC
  2. Support teachers experience in developing and implementing the modules by gaining deep understanding of the LDC framework
  3. Assist in providing teachers with robust professional development focused on building their expertise in developing modules
  4. Work with teachers and district administrators to resolve any conflicts between the modules and existing curricula, rubrics, and state assessments
  5. Facilitate the sharing of learning and best practices
  6. Provide teachers with support to integrate ongoing student writing feedback into their practice
  7. Develop strategies for new teachers or teachers not part of the LDC to become knowledgeable and involved
  8. Assist teachers in finding time to collaborate with their peers
  9. Explore ways to provide professional development outside of class time
  10. Examine what teachers are learning, and how they are using the knowledge gained from LDC
For more information on the Literacy Design Collaborative, please visit the Literacy Design Collaborative website and/or contact Mark Glasbrenner at Battelle for Kids.