Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)

Two elementary students readingThe Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a framework to help teachers implement the PA Core Standards for Reading and Writing in English Language Arts, Science, Technical Subjects, History, and Social Studies.

As a national LDC partner, IU13 provides comprehensive LDC professional development and consultative services to both public and private schools and districts at the national, state, and local levels. To learn more about IU13's national partnership with LDC, please visit

IU13’s professional development opportunities and consultative services for Grades K-12 students range from introductory teacher training on LDC task design to advanced scorer training for teacher leaders. For comprehensive training, schools send teams to participate in a hybrid professional development model that incorporates both face-to-face regional training days and onsite technical assistance by LDC-experienced facilitators. The regional training days at IU13 provide the support and opportunities for collaboration across schools that are necessary for teachers to develop and implement one high-quality LDC module. IU13 also provides customized on-site support for schools and districts to enhance LDC implementation including introductory training, instructional coaching, jurying LDC mini-tasks and modules, curriculum alignment, and administrative coaching. 

IU13's history with the Literacy Design Collaborative dates back to the 2010-11 school year when IU13 partnered with Elizabethtown Area and Lebanon middle schools as part of the first national LDC pilot, made possible through funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Since that time, IU13 has supported statewide implementation of LDC through managing the PA Department of Education's LDC State Project in 2011, adding to the bank of LDC tasks on PA's Standards Aligned System Portal, and by writing the baseline LDC training as part of Striving Readers to support implementation of the Pennsylvania Comprehensive Literacy Plan. IU13's work has also been featured as the basis for national LDC case studies written by Research for Action.

In an effort to expand and support LDC implementation statewide, IU13 developed a comprehensive LDC Professional Development Toolkit to share with intermediate units across Pennsylvania. IU13 also believes in supporting building administrators in leading LDC implementation in their schools and has shared its Principal's Guide for LDC nationally. 

IU13 also features local educators who have earned national exemplar status in its IU13 Collection on LDC CoreTools.

For more information about LDC professional development offerings at IU13 or for onsite consultative services, please contact Kelly Galbraith at (717) 606-1667 or