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 …

Partners in Literacy: JuneFrances Anderson

  A teacher since 2001, JuneFrances Anderson is a literacy teacher and coach at Oakland Elementary in Denver. JuneFrances discusses coaching and training, and how book collections are benefiting her classroom. What were your initial expectations about CLI? I really didn’t know a lot about CLI when I started here at Oakland this year. How do you feel about CLI …

Partners in Literacy: Glenda Smiley

  Throughout Glenda Smiley’s 15-year career as a teacher in New Jersey, she has taught pre-K to 3rd grade and 5th grade. Glenda also has had the unique opportunity of looping with her students (following them to the next grade) twice in her career. A 2nd grade teacher last year, Glenda followed most of her students to 3rd grade for …

Partners in Literacy: Andrew Eckhorn

  Andrew Eckhorn is a 3rd grade teacher at John Hay Community Academy in Chicago. A teacher since 2012, Andrew discusses his work with CLI and how he has seen improvements in his classroom.What were your initial expectations about CLI? I expected to learn how to facilitate a literacy block (a balanced program of literacy instruction) that would meet the …

Partners in Literacy: Rebecca Eisenman

  Since 2010, Rebecca Eisenman has worked as a teacher. Currently, she is a kindergarten teacher at Dr. William Mennies School in Vineland, NJ. Rebecca shares why she loves working with CLI. What were your initial expectations about CLI? I didn’t know much about CLI, but I was excited to use its best practices. I also was excited to learn …

Partners in Literacy: Madeleine Glowienka

Since 1992, Madeleine Glowienka has worked as a teacher. Currently, she is a 1st grade teacher at Anna L. Lingelbach School in Philadelphia. CLI asked Madeleine about her experiences and expectations partnering with CLI.  Partners in Literacy Glenda Smiley Andrew Eckhorn Rebecca Eisenman What were your initial expectations about CLI? I had few—basically I was unsure how it could/would really …

Kids Reading with Teacher

CLI to Use $19.5M Grant to Reach More Students in New Markets

“The CLI program produces substantial effects on teachers’ classroom environment and literacy practices, which in turn, lead to measurable effects on average reading achievement in early elementary grades.” That was American Institutes for Research’s conclusion after its three-year impact evaluation of Children’s Literacy Initiative’s five-year, federally funded project in 38 schools across four, low-performing urban school districts. Now CLI is …

From the Field: Message Time Plus & Building Reading Skills

This article is the first of an ongoing series entitled From the Field. Short, inspiring and heart-warming classroom anecdotes contributed by our professional developers as they work in classrooms across the country. Names of teachers and students have been changed. In the beginning of the school year, little Julie was a new kindergartner in Ms. Smith’s classroom. Julie was always …

Camden Student Writing

Camden Teacher Discusses Transformation Through CLI

Gina Post, a bilingual 2nd-grade teacher at Sumner Elementary School in Camden, N.J. talks to the Office of Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education to discusses her work with the Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI). CLI is a Philadelphia-based organization that supports teachers focused on early literacy. In 2010, CLI won a $21.7 million Investing in Innovation (i3) Validation grant, …

CLI's New Website

Welcome to the New CLI.org

This is an exciting time at CLI, today we are launching our new website! The new site is closely aligned with CLI’s strategic vision for growth and expansion over the next few years and shows off our brand new logo. The new CLI.org gives visitors an easy way to learn about our services, methods and impact and offers us a great way …