A few years ago, Principal Michael Corneau of R. L. Stevenson Elementary in Merritt Island, Florida was on the hunt for a framework that would help his teachers build a better curriculum for students. After his district offered to send him and several of his colleagues to a workshop featuring Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) training in 2013, he was instantly interested in learning more. By the time the workshop was complete, he knew this was what he wanted implement school wide.

Throughout the fall and winter of 2013–2014, Corneau gradually introduced the LDC framework to his staff at their weekly grade-level and vertical team meetings. He guided his teachers in developing rigorous and relevant standards-based lessons comprising a literacy-saturated curriculum, supporting them during their entire journey both coach and collaborator.

In this podcast, Barb Smith, LDC’s Director of Partnerships and Professional Learning and Michael discuss how his school became a “LDC school,” and the importance of principals supporting teachers as curriculum designers.

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