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Lessons From Inside the Classroom: Teachers’ Perspectives on the LDC Initiative

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in the development and dissemination of instructional tools to support teachers’ incorporation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their classroom instruction. Literacy experts have developed a CCSS-aligned framework that allows teachers to provide content and literacy (reading and writing) instruction within their English/Language Arts (ELA), science and social studies curricula.Building on A View From the Inside about Year One of LDC, this updated booklet shares teacher perspectives on the second year of the LDC initiative. This booklet synthesizes teachers’ reports of their experiences developing and using modules in the classroom, the supports they received from their administrators and peers, and their impressions about the impact of the initiative on their overall instructional practice and student learning. Throughout the initiative, teacher perspectives and feedback have helped tool developers, professional development providers and district and school leaders to continue to refine and improve LDC.