Kentucky educators join the Alliance for Education to discuss tools for College and Career-Ready Standards

Two Kentucky educators will be featured on an upcoming webinar hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education to discuss how curriculum tools can help teachers implement college-and career-ready standards and raise levels of learning for students, particularly those who are low-performing. Renee Boss, Initiative Director at The Fund for Transforming Education in Kentucky and Mickey Campbell, history teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, will serve on a four-member panel as issue experts in the area of disciplinary literacy.

The webinar will examine how these tools enable teachers to use their own curriculum based on students needs while aiming at common, high standards. While forty-three states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, and the rest have adopted separate standards for college and career readiness, teachers need support in developing curriculum that can guide students toward those benchmarks. Recognizing this need, a group of experts in literacy and curriculum formed the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) in 2009 to create tools for teachers. The LDC tools have been implemented more than sixty-five districts in six states. Research on the LDC shows that the tools have been effective in improving instruction and learning.

Renee served as both a state consultant and district wide literacy specialist since the inception of LDC and the implementation of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. In this role she has facilitated learning for teachers, provided instructional coaching, and is currently directing a 3-year research study in collaboration with the state of Colorado. Teachers in this Common Assignment Study are creating larger units of curricular study with embedded LDC tools and are finding the lessons created provide data that informs student growth in Kentucky’s Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.

Mickey and Renee began working together when she was the district literacy specialist and Mickey was one of the lead history teachers utilizing the LDC tools in his classroom in Fayette County. Last summer, Mickey joined the Common Assignment Research Study and is now one of the lead history teachers for Kentucky.

The webinar will take place on April 7, 2015 from 2-3 p.m. and is free to the public. To register, or submit questions online in advance of the webinar visit The Alliance for Excellent Education’s website at

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