Literacy is the very foundation of all learning and the pathway to liberation for every human being.
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LITERACY TO LIBERATION
CLI Announces Jason Reynolds as its Literacy Champion!
Jason Reynolds joins CLI as Literacy Champion to raise awareness and drive donations for Literacy to Liberation Campaign.
ESSER II & ARP Funds
Learn how you can use ESSER funding to amplify learning recovery
CHANGE STARTS WITH US
Fighting Social Injustice
The continued senseless violence perpetrated in communities of color must stop. It starts with all of us. Our organization is committed to doing our part in facilitating productive conversations about social injustice and racial equity.
MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD
Transitions in Leadership
Children’s Literacy Initiative is no stranger to change. We now find ourselves in a new season of change as we say goodbye to our CEO, Joel Zarrow, on June 3, 2022.
We came together to raise funds to support programs that help teachers and students succeed. Raise a Glass for Reading events gave our donors and the early literacy community the opportunity to showcase their commitment to children’s literacy, early childhood education and social justice.
Stay tuned for recap videos and images from Spirit Week!
Our 2019-20 School Year
Transforming Literacy Instruction
30 Years of Experience
The American Institutes of Research report on a randomized control trial evaluation of CLI’s i3 Validation project found statistically significant results for our impact on teacher practice and student learning. Our approach and results are now part of the What Works Clearinghouse.
Pivoting its 30+ years’ experience while facing the COVID-19 pandemic, CLI provided teacher coaching and training to support schools and early literacy instruction in the virtual world. Shifting from an in-person model, CLI met the unique needs of educators and students as they transitioned to distance learning.
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Distance Teaching & Coaching Resources
Educators must be equipped with adequate resources and tools to successfully transition to distance learning. The downloadable documents outlined below provide teachers and coaches the roadmap to continue providing impactful instruction.
LEARN, is a free, go at your own pace website from Children’s Literacy Initiative that provides educators with a comprehensive, expanding, and research-based resource to read about, watch, and discuss the best practices for comprehensive early literacy instruction.
We captured lessons in real classrooms, with real students, using relevant literacy objectives to illustrate the practices teachers will read about.
Liberating, Innovating and Transforming Education
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