LIS First Friday Updates

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October 7, 2022

English Language Arts




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.

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.


FAQ Spotlight


Do the Literacy Instruction Standards (LIS) align with the Science of Reading?


Yes! All of the LIS were adapted from meta-analyses and are aligned with Science of Reading research.  For more information, see the questions regarding the research process.


Reminder: LEA Form Due December 15th

Per SB387, no later than December 15, 2022, and in a form prescribed by the State Board, each local school administrative unit shall submit to the State Board a concise explanation of its literacy curriculum and instruction, as aligned with the standards and model literacy implementation plan.


The form should reflect the current state of literacy instruction in your PSU. This will allow DPI to provide feedback, so PSUs can modify their curriculum and instruction for full implementation and alignment to the LIS in the 24-25 SY.


Helpful links for completing and submitting the form:


Form Submission

Model and Non-Model


To view the timeline and learn more about this form, visit the DPI LIS webpage. Questions? Contact the NCDPI ELA Team.

New Resource: Literacy Look-Fors

This tool is designed to support school leaders (e.g. instructional coaches, principals, assistant principals, etc.) conduct productive learning walks and coaching cycles to observe alignment to the NC Literacy Instruction Standards and accompanying research-based practices.  This tool is not intended to be evaluative.  It is intended to be a guide to supporting teachers’ understanding and knowledge of literacy instruction and to establish a common language around literacy practices.  The tool includes a pre-walkthrough conversation guide, look-for indicators, a post-walkthrough reflection guide, and a post-walkthrough conversation guide.  These guides are meant to be used in concert with one another, but the indicators can be used independently from the guides for PLCs, self-reflection, and/or goal setting.  The language used within the guides have been purposefully kept consistent throughout in order to encourage the use of the entire coaching cycle.  


In addition, these toolkits can be used in the short term to aid in the completion of the LEA Form.  The form requires evidence of the current state of literacy instruction occurring in each PSU. These toolkits can be a useful way to observe, gather, and organize this information. 


K-5 Toolkit

6-12 Toolkit


View more LIS resources in the LIS Toolkit.


Professional Learning

LIS Learning Series


Throughout the 2022-2023 school year, there will be a series of professional learning involving multiple content areas.  The LIS are to be used by all teachers in every content area for core instruction.  This
series will focus on integrating the Literacy Instruction Standards (LIS) into standards-aligned content area instruction. These sessions are open to K-12 educators.


Literacy in ELA: November 30, 2022

Literacy in Science: December 15, 2022

Literacy in Math: January 25, 2023

Literacy in Social Studies: April 27, 2023

Literacy in ELD: May 11, 2023




AIM Conference Sessions


Writing Strategies for a Digital World


9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Are your students struggling to comprehend texts? Explore ways to incorporate writing instruction that engage students in the comprehension of texts on the screen, being intentional when planning behind the screen, and transfer students’ learning beyond the screen. In this session, participants will discover ways to rethink and adapt writing instruction to meet the needs of the changing environment and build a culture of 21st century literacy.


LIS for PK-5


10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

The Literacy Instruction Standards outline research-informed practices for incorporating literacy instruction across all content areas grades PK-12. In this session, participants will take a deeper dive into the PK-5 LIS and gain a better understanding of what those practices could look like in the elementary classroom.


Improving Reading for Secondary Students


2:15 PM - 3:45 PM

Adolescent literacy in grades 6-12 includes the skills necessary for all students to master the increasingly complex reading expectations required in secondary courses as well as the additional support that struggling learners may need to succeed with grade-level texts.  In this session, participants will explore research-based, best practices around the pedagogies adolescent readers need to accelerate their learning and access grade-level instruction. They will also increase their understanding of the challenges, scope, and strategic planning necessary to support adolescent literacy in grades 6-12 from a variety of stakeholder perspectives.


Integrating LIS: Content Area Literacy 


9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

The Literacy Instruction Standards outline research-informed practices for incorporating  literacy instruction. In addition to guiding English Language Arts instruction, many of these practices can be integrated into content area instruction to assist students in acquiring the literacy skills and disciplinary knowledge they need as they move through K-12. While the LIS should not take the place of robust content area instruction, they include research-informed instructional practices that may support 6-12 teachers to address the specific literacy demands of the different disciplines.