The Third Grade Milestone

Colorado recently took a major step toward ensuring all children can read by third grade when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the READ Act. The law focuses on identifying and providing services for students who have reading deficiencies in kindergarten through third grades to better prepare students for more reading-intensive schoolwork and future success beyond third grade.

Helping Districts ‘Invest in People’

When school district officials in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, introduced a new curriculum two years ago, they did their homework—they made sure the model curriculum was aligned to state standards, carefully adapted it for use in all grade levels, and added literacy coaches and other supports. But something was still missing.

Turning Teachers into Classroom Superheroes

In Nicole Traore’s kindergarten classroom, a student is pointing to a word on a board. After thinking for a moment, her face brightens and she says it aloud: “Thrilled.”

Welcome to CLI’s Word Wall

When you walk into one of our CLI Model Classrooms™, one of the first things you’ll notice is the walls. Chances are they’ll be covered with strips of paper, each displaying a different word. Oftentimes, you’ll even be surprised at the complexity of the words in even the youngest classrooms — words like “fiasco” and “adventuring.”