Getting Your Classroom’s “Vibe” Right – Part 2 of 3

In part two of our series we’re asking the question, Are you using wall space effectively by incorporating authentic print and tools to support learning? Based on research, and tested with hundreds of teachers across multiple districts and schools, CLI has put together our own best practices for getting the right kinds of posters and tools up in your classroom.

In June, the

Getting Your Classroom’s “Vibe” Right – Part 1 of 3

You know that feeling you get when you walk into a new place and within a few seconds you already know what kind of experience you’re going to have? You felt the room’s “vibe”, as some might say. Well it turns out that within an educational setting, “vibe” is a critical, deeply studied, aspect of student learning.

Great Instruction is the CORE

Common CoreBy Dr. Joel Zarrow, Executive Director, Children’s Literacy Initiative

I’ll just say it: I think it’s right and appropriate that the Common Core State Standards are making our nation’s educational standards more rigorous. Our kids can do it. We need it to compete.

How to Pick a “Just Right” Book in 3 Easy Steps

One of the first questions many parents have when it comes to reading with their family is, “Which books are appropriate for my child?” While determining your child’s reading level might seem daunting, the truth is that nobody knows your child better than you. Observing when your child is frustrated, bored, or interested is all you really need. Simply by trying out a few books and seeing how your child reacts to them, you can find “Just Right” books that will help your child become a better reader.

5 Tips for Preventing Summer Slide

What is Summer Slide?
You may have heard the term “summer slide” from teachers or other parents, but what does it mean? Summer Slide is what happens when the skills students learn during the school year are lost or forgotten over the summer. When kids don’t practice their reading skills during the summer months, they can fall behind by the time school starts again. Summer may be winding down, but it’s not too late to polish up those reading skills in time for September!

5 Tips for Preventing Summer Slide

What is Summer Slide?
You may have heard the term “summer slide” from teachers or other parents, but what does it mean? Summer Slide is what happens when the skills students learn during the school year are lost or forgotten over the summer. When kids don’t practice their reading skills during the summer months, they can fall behind by the time school starts again. Summer may be winding down, but it’s not too late to polish up those reading skills in time for September!

A message from Executive Director Joel Zarrow, PhD: “This, I Believe”

In my first several weeks as Executive Director of Children’s Literacy Initiative, I have had the opportunity to introduce myself to a lot of new people. It is important to me to convey aspects of myself that aren’t necessarily apparent from my resume or some surreptitious Google search that we might do when we want to find out about the new person joining the team.

Children’s Literacy Initiative Names New Executive Director to Drive an Expanded Vision

April 11, 2014, Philadelphia, PA – With an organizational focus clearly fixed upon raising its profile within targeted groups of key, national, decision-makers, the Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), which trains teachers to achieve literacy education for children in high-poverty, high-minority school districts, by the third grade, today announced that it has completed an intensive national search for a new executive director, and has named Joel Zarrow, Ph.D. to the position.

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Children’s Literacy Initiative Names New Executive Director to Drive an Expanded Vision

April 11, 2014, Philadelphia, PA – With an organizational focus clearly fixed upon raising its profile within targeted groups of key, national, decision-makers, the Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), which trains teachers to achieve literacy education for children in high-poverty, high-minority school districts, by the third grade, today announced that it has completed an intensive national search for a new executive …

CLI’s Impact Presented at National Conferences

April 22, 2014 As part of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s i3 Project, CLI partnered with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 2010 for a 3-year evaluation of the impact of the CLI Model Classroom Program. The third year of the data collection will wrap up at the conclusion of this school year, and positive interim results have already been demonstrated …