LIS First Friday Updates

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AUGUST 5, 2022

English Language Arts




Literacy Instruction Standards

In an effort to keep stakeholders informed, the NCDPI ELA Team provides monthly updates that contain the latest announcements and current news regarding the Literacy Instruction Standards. These updates are sent every first Friday of the month.


On October 7, 2021, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved the Literacy Instruction Standards (LIS) as outlined in Section V of SB 387: Excellent Public Schools Act of 2021. The LIS serve as a framework for the development and alignment of curriculum and instruction for all public schools. These standards are defined as a level of quality and equity to be used consistently within core literacy instruction statewide. While the NC Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS) sets student expectations, the LIS and their associated instructional practices set expectations for teaching literacy.  The LIS are organized by grade-band and can be used to ensure that all teachers across North Carolina have a common understanding and delivery of literacy instruction.


While the LIS have been developed by grade bands, they should be used in tandem with appropriate grade-level texts of increasing complexity in order for students to fully meet the demands of the NCSCOS. This LIS framework does not indicate an exhaustive list of literacy instruction practices and may not fully capture all instructional practices that have the potential to positively impact students’ literacy achievement in K-12. New literacy research could modify and/or add to the instructional practices listed.


For information regarding the LIS, in addition to these First Friday Updates, please visit the Literacy Instruction Website and view the timeline that details the progress of the LIS implementation

Professional Development Sessions

Throughout the month of June, representatives from PSUs attended regional professional development sessions around the LIS.  During each session, district leaders were explored the what, when, and how of the LIS, model and non-model, and LEA template.  Please view the virtual session provided on July 29th.  This session goes over the same information shared during the in-person regional PD.  


Be on the lookout for upcoming professional development sessions.  These sessions will be provided regionally and occur beginning in September.  More information will be coming on guidance for team selection for the in-person PD, registration, dates, and times.  We look forward to you joining us!

Literacy Instruction Standards Toolkit (LIST)

The LIST is an open Canvas repository for all things related to the LIS.  Visit the LIST regularly, as new resources will be added as needed for implementation and support.