Reading is as fundamental as getting enough to eat or a having a place to sleep. Reading takes precedence over every other subject in school and in life: nothing else can compare with its usefulness.
High levels of literacy – reading, writing, speaking and listening – are directly tied to success in school and career and to a healthy economy. Yet, every year, data show that our most impoverished children have the lowest literacy skills.
But that data can change – we know that (1) all children can and will develop proficient literacy skills when provided with highly effective teachers and an evidence-based instruction; and (2) high levels of literacy are directly tied to economic success.
Students who are proficient in literacy instruction graduate from high school and attend college in significantly greater numbers than those not receiving such attention. Thus, proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening will allow all citizens, especially our most vulnerable citizens, to experience an opportunity to live healthy, productive lives.
CDL has a strong focus on literacy in PreK – 12 schools.
CDL literacy specialists assist schools and districts by conducting literacy needs assessments, facilitating customized, interactive professional learning sessions (both small and large), observations with positive corrective feedback, mentoring and coaching, and modeling of lessons.