Motivated Readers

Important Factors for Improving Your Student’s Reading Motivation

When children choose books that interest them their motivation to read, and make sense of the texts improves. In addition to a rich classroom library children also benefit from a well-designed space where they are comfortable reading and interacting. Additionally, providing them with choices in where they sit, and how they read will further raise their motivation. Be sure you’re …

Immersion to improve student writing

Don’t overlook this critical aspect of genre studies…

Pre-Writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Publishing. While these are the five steps most closely, and most generally associated with the writing process, we must not forget one critical aspect of genre studies, the “Immersion Phase”. It was early in my teaching career when I engaged in the planning of a genre study with my grade level counterparts. I was eager, …

Publishing Party Presenter

How to Celebrate Student Writing with Publishing Parties

There Destiny stood, all of four feet tall, holding a single piece of paper tightly in her hands.  She smiled proudly, anxiously awaiting her audience members’ attention.  She gently brushed her freshly curled hair away from her face and carefully groomed the front of her dress as if to smooth away any lingering wrinkles. “Writers,” Mrs. Burns announced enthusiastically, “please …

Sedgwick Donates to CLI

Sedgwick Makes Generous Donation in Support of Early Literacy

Philadelphia, April 25, 2017 Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), a 501(c)(3) headquartered in Philadelphia, that works with teachers locally and nationally to get more children reading proficiently by 3rd grade, received a generous donation from Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., a leading global provider of technology-enabled risk and benefits solutions. Sedgwick’s Jonathan Mast, Director of Social Media, and Tracy Mock, Vice …

When Marion Sang

Books for National Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month. What better way to celebrate the legacy of female resilience, ingenuity, and limitless possibilities than with rich, diverse, picture books? A good book has the power to shift our thinking and challenge preconceived notions. Intentional Read Alouds provide the opportunity for students to think about and discuss great books while exploring big ideas, themes, …

Supporting Our Newcomers with Literature

Stories of the journeys taken by refugees touch all of our lives. Perhaps we have neighbors, friends, or family who are refugees. Perhaps we have read about the global crisis in the news. Perhaps refugee children are new to our schools. The moment a newcomer walks into a classroom, the journey that student took to reach that doorway becomes a …

Lesson Study

Lesson Study Inspires Teachers

The first, and highly successful lesson study cycle at Grissom Elementary (Houston Independent School District) inspired its kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers to collaborate within their grade level teams, and across languages of instruction. The process of planning an Intentional Read Aloud (IRA) lesson together, and watching a colleague teach that lesson, allowed the teachers to develop effective practices they …

Turn and Talk

6 Easy Ways to Improve Turn & Talk for Student Language Development

Turn and Talk, in which children are partnered up to take turns listening and speaking with one another, is a common classroom practice with many benefits.  It allows all children to share their thinking with one another, it helps children develop their oral language skills and the pragmatics, or social conventions, of discourse.  Turn and Talk also provides teachers with …

CLI's LEARN

Children’s Literacy Initiative Launches LEARN, an Online Learning Platform for Early Literacy Instruction

Philadelphia, November 16, 2016 – Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) has launched LEARN (Literacy Education and Resource Network), a new web platform providing the education community with a comprehensive and expanding resource to read, watch, and discuss the best practices in balanced literacy instruction.  CLI’s LEARN focuses on the core instructional practices validated through the i3 (investing in Innovation) grant, and …