Mission: Develop the highest skilled teaching workforce possible.
Vision: Equity in education is possible—through equity in curriculum structure and quality, teacher skill, and students' task experiences.
LDC’s mission is to develop the highest-skilled teaching workforce possible using the highest-quality curriculum possible, thus ensuring intellectual equity for every student. LDC equips teachers, coaches, and school leaders with tools and learning experiences that catalyze their individual and collective efficacy, guaranteeing that all students have rigorous intellectual experiences and opportunities in school.
LDC strives to ensure equity in America’s schools—equity in curriculum quality, teacher skill, and student instructional experience. LDC is working toward the day when every student in America graduates from high school with the reading, writing, thinking, and disciplinary skills necessary for success as citizens of the 21st-century global experience.
LDC began as a teacher collaborative, sharing and spreading quality curriculum design work across the country. As the collaborative grew in all 50 states and more stakeholders joined, LDC provided curriculum quality standards and training (developed with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE)) around which the national community calibrated and normed. Through this work, LDC created a rich, national conversation about what standards-driven instruction looks and sounds like in every discipline at every grade level, K–12.
Currently, LDC partners with a variety of stakeholders and systems—states, districts, partner organizations, schools, and teachers—to enable all educators to model, lead, and succeed in implementing the high expectations embodied in rich academic standards while accelerating their own professional growth and increasing student outcomes.