Welcome David Bloom, CLI Board Chair


Announcing David J. Bloom, JD, CFP®, Senior Relationship Manager of Hawthorn, PNC Family Wealth, as our new chair of the board of directors. Bloom was elected to the position on February 12, 2013. He previously held the position of treasurer and succeeds Dr. Jack McGovern.

The Best Gift is the Gift of Literacy

Here at CLI, we know the best gift to give a young learner is the gift of literacy. We also know that your continued support helps to make this powerful impact: 

William Penn Foundation Donates 1M to CLI

Dear Friends of CLI,

I am pleased to announce that the William Penn Foundation has awarded Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) a $1 million grant to dramatically expand our proven model in Philadelphia public, charter and parochial schools. 

Check out the coverage:

• William Penn Foundation 

Building on the Strengths of Teachers: Improving Student Literacy Achievement in Chicago, IL

Recently, CLI presented at the Council of Great City Schools Conference in Indianapolis, IN. CLI’s CAO, Rahshene Davis’s, presentation was called “Building on the Strengths of Teachers: Improving Student Literacy Achievement in Chicago, IL.” Check out the student writing and teacher reflection below that demonstrates the great work i3 work happening in Chicago! 



 Kindergarten Classroom, i3 Chicago


Literacy Push in Chicago Classrooms

The Chicago Tribune  recently published an article detailing CLI’s impact on increasing student literacy in Chicago. The article includes an interview with Cardenas principal Jeremy Feiwell and first-grade model teacher Marisela Aguirre as well as a tour of Aguirre’s classroom. This article reflects the great work that CLI staff and PDs are doing as well as the effectiveness of our model in raising student reading proficiency.