Literacy Uniting Children in Diversity (LUCID) is a long-running interdistrict program developed and managed by the Professional Development and School Improvement (PDSI) department at ACES. It was designed to incorporate technology to increase student academic achievement in the areas of written and verbal communication. Participating students and teachers collaborate both in person and through video conferencing to complete writing tasks that encompass diverse themes and help students master Connecticut Core Writing Standards.

Using innovative video conferencing technology, students can share knowledge and resources, and bridge economic and cultural divides. This experience gives students opportunities to develop 21st century skills such as digital literacy, creativity, and critical thinking, while developing a deeper understanding of the writing process and the diverse perspective of others.

Students read a wide range of multicultural texts, and work together to respond to text orally and in writing. They also compose their own written pieces.  Students use video conferencing sessions and face-to-face meetings to learn how to give constructive feedback to peers through all stages of the writing process.  The grant culminates in a partner school celebration that includes parents and community members. Through the natural progression of the collaborative process, students begin to appreciate the worldviews and perceptions of others based on their diverse cultural identities.

Teachers participate in workshops at ACES and receive embedded on-site coaching on topics such as culturally responsive teaching strategies, lesson planning, the writing process, and effective technology integration. In order to facilitate frequent interactions among students, participating classrooms receive appropriate video conferencing equipment and Schoology accounts (online course management system) for communication and resource sharing.  Funding is available for transportation to on-site visits, field trips and fees for video-conferencing with experts such as authors, illustrators, curators and others. Curriculum materials such as literary texts, journals, software and other materials to support and enhance instruction are available to the participants. Funding for activities that encourage parental involvement is also available.

For more information, contact Janine Fiorillo, ACES Education Specialist, at