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Sharing insights on all things literacy, from highlights of CLI’s work and impact in communities nationwide to the latest research in literacy instruction, helpful practices for implementation, and book titles to expand your classroom and at-home libraries.
Alisha* sat in a first-grade classroom at Joseph Kellman Corporate Community Elementary School in Chicago. Day after day, this sweet and quiet girl listened attentively as her classmates shared during check-in time, but she didn’t say much. Then one morning, after all the children were done writing in their journals about a story from that day’s read-aloud, the children had the opportunity to use their new crayons and markers to illustrate their writing and share their drawings.
*Name changed to protect the privacy of our students
Breakfast Briefing Recap
The State of Education in America and CLI’s impact on communities nationwide
There are a lot of conversations happening in the education space about what children of color can’t do, or aren’t doing, but at CLI we prefer to use asset-based thinking and language when it comes to the children we serve.
In the Winter Breakfast Briefing featuring Interim CEO Reina Prowler, CAO Erica Holmes-Ware, and moderated by CDO Naimah Bilal, the rich, beautiful communities that Black and Latinx children come from and the culture, skills, and talents that come with them into the classroom are affirmed.
How CLI Is Delivering Impact
CLI’s Framework and Diagnostic Tool
for Teaching and Learning
Today, CLI is pioneering new territory as we aim to tell new evidence-based stories about the impact of high-quality culturally responsive teaching on a child’s literacy journey. To enable this journey and measure success, we are creating durable data-driven systems powered by technology that will help us track, accelerate and drive improvements in both CLI coaching and teacher practice and child reading outcomes across CLI partnerships.
Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day), we put together a small collection of books that highlight Dr. King’s life and the movement he inspired. Dr. King’s legacy continues to live on, from the impactful Civil Rights Movement to the present-day activism we see in communities across the country. These titles promise to provide insight into our history and inspire our future.
News & Updates
Hard Rock Café Philadelphia Honors CLI during their 25th Anniversary Campaign
Hard Rock Café Philadelphia is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and in recognition of that, they are running a campaign called 25 days of 25 years. Inside of that campaign they will highlight local organizations whose work they respect, appreciate, and admire. They have chosen five organizations to highlight, and CLI is one of them.
News & Updates
Gates Foundation and Improving Pre-K
CLI’s 4-Star Review from Charity Navigator!
Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating demonstrates an organization’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency Together with the review of CLI, the rating often serves as an introduction of our organization to new donors who are seeking to support a charity committed to literacy, early childhood education and social justice.
News & Updates
Run 4 Reading
Our NEW annual fundraising celebration, Run 4 Reading (R4R), will take place this fall. R4R will be a 5K, cross-market opportunity to support our work. The event will help CLI continue to transform early literacy instruction for Black and Latinx children across the country. Join us to support this movement! More details coming soon.
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