Literacy to Liberation
We’ve changed our mission to better reflect our work, purpose, and the children we serve.
CLI believes that systemic change is the only solution to the current social unrest and the only way that the public education system will become equitable for children of color. Below we outline the journey our organization has been on and what precipitated our mission sharpening.
Children’s Literacy Initiative seeks to dismantle structural racism by providing Black and Latinx children with the anti-racist early literacy instruction, support, and advocacy needed to create equity in education.
We are working towards creating a more equitable education system, one that promotes early literacy, cultural competency, and equitable outcomes for all students, particularly Black and Latinx students who have long been disproportionately isolated from the resources to obtain the education they deserve. CLI believes that literacy is a vital pathway to create lasting social change and foster a just and equitable society.
Growing within the Organization
The social unrest around racial justice in 2020 added urgency to equity work that CLI had already started. In 2019, CLI engaged outside facilitators to provide racial literacy trainings for staff members and started an extensive review of the book collections it provides to schools.
Systemic change is the only solution to the current social unrest brought about by social inequities. And systemic change is the only way that the public education system will become equitable for children of color.
Collaborating with School Districts
Leaders in Transforming Early Literacy Research into Practice
CLI has been working with leading early literacy scholar Dr. Gholnescar “Gholdy” Muhammad, director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic at Georgia State University, to integrate culturally sustaining pedagogy into its early literacy instructional model. There is fortuitous alignment and leverage given that many of our school district partners have worked with Dr. Muhammad.
Dr. Muhammad’s scholarship and that of countless others is transforming the way we train pre-service schoolteachers, evaluate teacher performance and child outcomes, and rethink our pedagogical approaches in literacy to account for the cultural identities of students of color.
We continue to build relationships with scholars and practitioners of color who add valuable and timely insights that we leverage across all workshop, seminar, and teacher learning content.
Transforming Research into Practice
An Ongoing Pursuit
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Children deserve the opportunity to achieve their dreams, and learning to read is a critical step in that journey. Help us provide Black and Latinx children the high-quality & culturally sustaining literacy instruction they deserve.
Download the CLI Position Statement
Learn more about our sharpened mission in the Statement on Anti-Racism to Support Early Literacy Instruction and Learning. This report features additional insights on CLI's vision for children and integrated approach to early learning.