Teacher Impact

“CLI's greatest impact for my school has been the job embedded coaching. The teachers’ instructional practices are more effective as evidenced by the students’ reading growth and joy in reading fiction and informational text.”
Principal, School District of Philadelphia

Great teachers, great instruction, better results...

Teachers on CLI Coaching

Our core belief is in the power of great teachers involved in great instruction. Great teachers are the single most important factor in improving student outcomes. When teachers are expert in their instruction, children’s lives change. This is why CLI holds the relationship between teacher and coach sacred. Take the teachers we work with in Elizabeth, NJ. Teachers overwhelmingly believe in the teacher/coach dynamic we establish.

Teachers, Elizabeth, NJ

CLI has had a positive impact on my professional development.
The relationship I have with my coach is a safe environment to receive critical feedback
My CLI coach helps promote a positive learning environment.

Teachers on CLI Practices

CLI coaches and teachers establish a trusting relationship to support teachers during the stage of learning with the steepest learning curve, implementation. Employing a new teaching strategy in the classroom is far more difficult than learning the strategy itself, and CLI-coached teachers in Houston have been able to implement our strategies and practices with ease thanks to one-on-one coaching.

Teachers, Houston, TX

I use CLI strategies in my classroom.
I implement one or more CLI early literacy practices in my teaching at least once per week.

Teachers on Student Progress

As a result, teachers are able to report improvements in their students’ early literacy skills after just one year of CLI intervention.

Teachers, Denver, CO

My students are making progress with their literacy skills.

Effect on Teachers’ Literacy Instruction & Classroom Environment

Having a literacy-focused and positive classroom environment makes a big difference. So does having a teacher able to implement best instructional practices. We accomplish both according to a rigorous study from American Institutes for Research.

  • Teachers who received CLI training had a significantly more positive classroom environment than teachers who did not receive CLI services.
  • Teachers who received CLI services exhibited significantly more language and literacy practices in the classroom.

ELLCO - Early Language & Literacy Classroom Observation

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The Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO), is an observational measure of the presence of literacy best practices. The data shown was collected during our i3 validation grant, which spanned across four different school districts. This includes how well and how often a teacher encouraged extended classroom discussions, facilitated oral language development and whether the teacher regularly used and updated a word wall in the classroom. Each element is rated on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent).
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Teacher Tools for Student Success

We sat down with Leah Eller, a kindergarten teacher at Green Valley Elementary in Denver, CO and asked her to share her experience working with CLI and the impact it has had on her students and professional development.

How has Children’s Literacy Initiative training impacted your early literacy instruction?

The training that I have received from Children’s Literacy Initiative has helped me really target the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) while creating a meaningful message/connection that students are able to understand and apply through my Intentional Read Alouds (IRAs). Through my IRAs I have been able to create a positive classroom culture that cultivates fun, collaboration, language acquisition, and an inspiration for the love of reading. Through consistent coaching and collaboration, my students and I have really found a love for reading where students are excited to gather around and learn through a read aloud.

What have you learned from Children’s Literacy Initiative one-on-one coaching?

I have learned that you can create and use mentor texts that students love. When returning to a text, students can gain a deeper understanding of complex texts because the content is familiar and they can connect their learning to the standards.

What Children’s Literacy Initiative best practice (e.g., Guided Reading, Message Time Plus) has benefited your early literacy practices the most?

Definitely IRAs; through coaching, professional developments, and collegial visits, I have learned to create better Read Alouds.

How have your students responded to your Children’s Literacy Initiative training and coaching?

I have seen an increase in student engagement, passion for reading and learning, and more student successes when demonstrating their knowledge. Coaching sessions and trainings have really helped me create objectives that include the CCSS and a centralized message that allow students a chance to understand what they need to know and what they need to do in order to reach the objective.

What’s your favorite children’s book and why?

My current favorite is Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer. The creativity and language play are a great way to increase student vocabulary. I can’t wait to read it with my students and see their receptive and expressive vocabulary increase.

What is the one thing you would share with others about Children’s Literacy Initiative?

With the coaching and trainings that Children’s Literacy Initiative has provided has helped me improve my teaching methods and student successes. Children’s Literacy Initiative has provided me with tools that are easy to use and backed by research. It has also provided me with a network of educators and coaches who share my same passion and are always thinking of ways to put students first.