The Value of High-Quality Books

Books, media, and materials in a classroom have an immediate and lasting impact on children. Books that are accurate, affirming, and inclusive help children feel a sense of belonging, build criticality and intellect, experience joy, increase engagement, and help to build an appreciation for reading. Learn more about the value of high-quality books and how we use these resources to …

Building Strong Partnerships, CLI & The Bookworm Box

Children’s Literacy Initiative and The Bookworm Box, a Texas-based non-profit supporting charitable organizations, through the promotion and love of reading, have partnered to help transform literacy instruction and classrooms for racial equity. 

An Event to Remember: Raise a Glass for Reading

Raise a Glass for Reading 2022 was a blast and we’re grateful for those that could join us. It was such an amazing set of events and I enjoyed seeing the Children’s Literacy Initiative community gather and celebrate literacy together. In case you missed any of the events, I wanted to share the recap of the week’s events here.

Reina Prowler, NonProfit Snapcast Interview

Earlier this year, CLI’s Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Executive Director, Reina Prowler, sat down with the NonProfit Snapcast (NPS) for an interview. NPS host Mickey Desai and Reina discussed various topics, including non-profit management during a crisis and how CLI is adjusting and supporting district partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teachers Are Heroes!

Teachers need more than a week of appreciation.  Against a backdrop of a global pandemic and continuing social and racial unrest, educators across the country are rising to the occasion, working hard to ensure every student has the tools they need to reach their full potential.

Heroes – Ms. Fennell

This was Ms. Fennell’s first year teaching, but you would never know it from entering her virtual classroom. Despite the many challenges, Ms. Fennell has adjusted and thrived as a first year teacher. Whether cultivating community in her virtual classroom, collaborating closely with her coach, or building authentic relationships with her students and families, Ms. Fennell continues to showcase the …

Heroes – Ms. Golden

Thank you Ms. Golden! Despite the challenges faced this year, Ms. Golden continues to put the social and emotional needs of her students first, along with identifying their individual academic areas of support. Her consistent routines and positive reinforcement with her students helped build rapport and create a sense of normalcy. Ms. Golden is just another example of how kind …

Heroes – Ms. Shikitino

Thank you Ms. Shikitino! Despite the many changes, trials, and tribulations this school year, to say the least. Ms. Shikitino always rolls with the punches and puts students first. Whether partnering with parents and committing to community building, or seeking out virtual engagement and community building activities for her students, Ms. Shikitino has always put her students needs first during …

Heroes – Ms. Messing

Thank You, Ms. Messing! It is teachers like Ms. Messing who play a critical role in educating and shaping our children. They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated, and understanding professionals who help mold our children and guide them in positive directions.

Heroes – Ms. Negron

Thank You, Ms. Negron! Through your care for children, you continue to help mold your students and guide them in positive directions. Your kindness, patience, and willingness to “roll with the punches” is just another example of how hard-working and dedicated educators are.