Literacy is the very foundation of all learning and the pathway to liberation for every human being. 

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CLI appoints Mychal Threets as Literacy Ambassador, bringing vast experience in library services and literacy advocacy.

Read more about this partnership and see highlights from our recent event with Mychal and local organizations to celebrate Read Across America Day in Philadelphia.
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Beyond the Bookshelf – Supporting teachers and empowering children for educational equity and joy.

Make a lasting impact on education through the power of literature, supporting teachers, and empowering students for education equity.
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CLI Appoints New Director of Philanthropy, Elevating Commitment to Educational Equity

We are proud to announce Danielle Muckley as our new National Director of Philanthropy. With over 15 years in philanthropy, she excels in developing and managing relationships with corporations, foundations, and individuals.
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Every child deserves the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and learning to read is a critical step in that journey.

Your support enables CLI and its partners to normalize culturally sustaining early literacy instruction and amplify reading outcomes for Black and Latinx children.
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Creating inclusive and impactful educational environments

For over 35 years, CLI has been a cornerstone in educational excellence, empowering over 30,000 teachers to deliver high-quality instruction in Pre-K to 5th grade classrooms.
We are dedicated to fostering a culturally sustaining pedagogy that empowers Black and Latinx children. Our mission is to support by providing them with effective instructional strategies. Through dynamic professional learning communities, we ensure continuous improvement in schools.
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Empowering educators nationwide and transforming classrooms for academic excellence

We serve 3,200 educators and 60,000 Pre-K through 8th grade children across multiple locations, including Broward County, FL; Chicago, IL; Omaha, NE; Newark and Elizabeth, NJ; Philadelphia, and Massachusetts.
Through in-person, virtual, and blended learning approaches, we coach teachers and conduct professional development on research-based early literacy best practices, such as Science of Reading. Our high-quality training, coaching, and resources empower educators to become exemplary instructors, fostering reading proficiency at or above grade level.
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Elevating children’s literacy and driving district change through proven programs

Dive into CLI's independently validated approach, proven to elevate student literacy scores and revolutionize teaching practices. Our high-quality training and resources empower educators to become exemplary instructors, driving reading proficiency to new heights.
Through community support and best-in-class instructional resources, we're narrowing the literacy gap and fostering inclusive learning environments. Discover how CLI builds lasting capacity in teachers and principals, creating a ripple effect of positive change across regions.
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Building educator knowledge and capacity with comprehensive instructional resources

Explore CLI's wealth of teaching resources designed to amplify literacy instruction and support student learning. From lesson planning to at-home learning plans, our roadmap equips educators with the tools they need for impactful teaching in any scenario.
Delve into CLI's coaching resources tailored to support educators in various teaching and learning contexts. Our materials provide invaluable support to enhance instruction and content knowledge. Discover the power of CLI's resources to elevate your coaching practice and drive student success.
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