Elite professional athletes have coaches, so should teachers.

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The Challenge

Most teachers only experience traditional, workshop-based professional development, despite research showing its ineffectiveness.

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The Solution

One-on-one and small group coaching in the classroom provides the support and feedback teachers need to incorporate effective literacy practices into their work with students.

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Low-income neighborhoods average 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.

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The Challenge

80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children

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Our Solution

We provide schools with curated classroom libraries and home lending libraries with books for parents to read aloud and children to read on their own.

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“When dozens of schools… see jumps in… reading skills, it’s worth asking why.”

– US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

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The Challenge

Nearly 7 out of 10 U.S. 4th Graders are not reading at grade level.

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Our Solution

Low overhead makes it possible for 85% of our revenues to go directly to professional development for educators and books and resources for children.

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of teachers said that working with CLI improved their literacy instructional practices.

One Year of CLI Intervention Increases Chicago Student Reading Achievement


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From Summer to School: 8 Tips to Prepare Your Family For the Year Ahead

Back to School

It’s the last week of summer vacation, and many families are beginning to think about the school year ahead. Starting

Lessons Learned

This past May, I had the privilege of joining a group of classroom teachers for their last Model Classroom Meeting

Children’s Literacy Initiative Study Shows Program Significantly Improves Reading Achievement

Students with CLI-trained teachers received the equivalent of two additional months of literacy instruction.   PHILADELPHIA, PA (Aug. 26, 2015)

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85% of the funds we raise go directly to programs that help under-priveledged children learn to read on grade level by 3rd grade.


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