LIS First Friday Updates

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November 4, 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


Are PSUs expected to submit an implementation plan for how literacy instruction will be modified?


No, the form due December 15, 2022 should reflect the current state of literacy instruction in your PSU. View the LIS form as a self-reflection for your PSU. The "Fully," "Partially," and "Not Yet" ratings should be completed by your PSU.  View the FAQ.

Professional Learning

Recorded Webinar: From Policy to Practice


This pre-recorded webinar provides an opportunity to dive deeper into the LIS by using the Look-Fors Toolkit while analyzing artifacts typically observed at both the district and school level.


The intent of this webinar is for leaders to learn how to "look for" evidence of LIS alignment. This process may help guide discussion on how to create and modify future plans and inform instruction.


View the recorded webinar and slides.


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

Bonus LIS Learning Series Sessions Added!

  • LIS for PK-5: February 7, 2023
  • Integrating LIS: Content Area Literacy: February 14, 2023
  • Writing Strategies for K-5: February 21, 2023
  • Improving Reading for Secondary Students: February 28, 2023




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.