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.

Inside the Classroom

In Texas, one teacher is taking the creation of a reading corner into his own hands. 

Reading Rainbow and the Importance of Childhood Literacy

Last week, CLI Executive Director, Kelly Hunter, Ed.D., appeared live on HuffPost Live, a live-streaming network. The show hosted by Janet Varney also featured LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow to discuss the importance of childhood literacy. The segment was titled “ Reading Rainbow Returns” and focused on the new Reading Rainbow app for iPads and the importance of childhood literacy.  

“Excellence and Equity: Public Education in the 21st Century”

Last week, CLI Executive Director, Kelly Hunter, Ed.D, had the opportunity to speak on radio station 900 AM Wurd for part of an eight part series titled “Excellence and Equity: Public Education in the 21st Century”, examining the goals, challenges, successes and direction of public education with a focus on urban education.

Mayor Nutter Visits CLI Classroom

Earlier this week, Frederick Douglass Charter School hosted a visit from Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter.  The visit demonstrated the new partnership between Young Scholars Academies and Children’s Literacy Initiative. Scholar Academies is a non-profit, charter management organization that exists to close the achievement gap by operating a network of urban charter schools.