Kentucky Reading Project

The mission of Kentucky Reading Project (KRP) is to increase student achievement and family engagement in literacy by empowering P-5 teachers to design and implement comprehensive, research-based instruction driven by the on-going assessment of diverse learners' needs.  As well, KRP is committed to these core values:

  • Achieving proficiency in literacy
  • Promoting an atmosphere for reflective evaluation of teaching and learning
  • Encouraging collaborative learning communities
  • Fostering lifelong learning

Download the 2016 KRP Application

KRP is a professional development initiative of the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development . The yearlong, graduate level literacy course consists of a two-week summer institute, four follow-up sessions during the year, and at least one coaching visit to each teacher. The eight state universities serve as sites for KRP and university literacy faculty serve as directors of KRP. Training specialists from the National Center for Families Learning provide information, resources, and support regarding family engagement in literacy.
During KRP, teachers learn best practices in reading instruction while participating in a professional learning community that positions them for leadership roles in their school, district and the state.  They increase their effectiveness as teachers by expanding their knowledge base and deepening their understanding of best practices in reading instruction as they develop and implement a Literacy Action Plan in their classrooms.

EKU pictureEastern Kentucky University:
EKU’s KRP is led by Dr. Delinda Dent, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at EKU. Participants will practice reading strategies by tutoring elementary school students, work with library media specialists to learn how to select quality children’s literature, and take part in a writing workshop with a published author.


KSU pictureKentucky State University:
Led by Dr. Patricia Higgins, associate professor in the School of Education at KSU, and Dr. Tiffany Wheeler, associate professor of education at Transylvania University. KSU’s KRP focuses on critical thinking skills, differentiation - engaging students so they can all be successful, and Common Core Academic Standards - interdisciplinary units that integrate reading and writing with social studies, science, and other curricular areas.


MSU pictureMorehead State University:
Led by Dr. Melinda Willis, associate professor in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education at Morehead State, and assisted by Belinda Hitch, instructor in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education at Morehead State. Participants in the MSU KRP will experience teacher-centered professional development, as well as learn literacy strategies for implementing the Kentucky Core Academic Standards in elementary and intermediate grades and addressing differentiated instruction in every class.


Murray pictureMurray State University: Led by Dr. Jackie Hansen, associate professor in the College of Education at Murray State, and Holly Bloodworth, elementary teacher at Murray Elementary School in Calloway County and the 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Participants in the MuSU KRP will design standards-based literacy activities, learn how to implement a balanced literacy approach, and emphasize family engagement in literacy.


NKU pictureNorthern Kentucky University:
Three teachers who participated in the first alumni cadre at Northern Kentucky University created a PowerPoint about Writer's Workshop that they presented to the K-3 teachers at their school. The material included in the presentation came from the alumni project training and resources. Download the PowerPoint


UK pictureUniversity of Kentucky:
Led by Dr. Mary Shake, professor of literacy education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UK. She is assisted by Debbie Carter, instructor in literacy education at UK, and Andrea Marcum, a music teacher at Arlington Elementary in Fayette County. The focus of the UK KRP is learning the use of various types of reflections throughout the KRP summer institute and follow-up sessions, integrating arts-related strategies into classroom literacy instruction, and using Blackboard to discuss pertinent educational issues and maintain contact with cadre members between follow-up sessions.


UofL pictureUniversity of Louisville: Led by Dr. Tammi Davis, clinical literacy faculty in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at U of L. Participants in the U of L KRP will focus on reclaiming literacy instruction emphasizing inquiry-based interdisciplinary curriculum development, the role of arts and play in literacy teaching, digital literacies, and expanding the understanding of using children's literature in relation to Common Core Standards.


WKU pictureWestern Kentucky University: Led by Dr. Nancy Hulan, assistant professor in the School of Teacher Education at WKU. Participants of the WKU KRP will focus on differentiated literacy instruction, literacy across the curriculum, vocabulary development, and culturally responsive literacy instruction.

The Kentucky Reading Project has trained over 3,000 teachers in 530 schools and 159 districts in Kentucky, serving 549,838 students (based on estimated class size of 23).

“The Kentucky Reading Project has had a profound effect on instructional practices and student achievement. The experience has broadened the teachers’ instructional knowledge and strategy tool box, while at the same time enabling them to better diagnose literacy problems individual students face and create plans that address those problems. It has also supported our leadership structure here. KRP has created a cohort of teacher leaders here who work together to help guide our unique approach to literacy.” – Principal, Jefferson County
“My professional development experience with KRP changed the way I feel [about] and teach literacy. The students that I have taught since that experience received a much better education. I rank it as the #1 professional development experience in my 10 years of education.” – Teacher, Harlan County
“The Kentucky Reading Project has transformed our school’s entire reading program. During the last few years, each of our primary reading teachers has completed the KRP. Our reading scores have soared! Our reading instruction has never been better. I credit KRP with leading and paving the way for last year’s reading scores of over 100.” – Principal, Monroe County

Essential Components of the Kentucky Reading Project

  1. Apply Theory and Research to Meet the Needs of All Students

  2. Address Equity and Diversity Issues and Their Impact on Literacy Instruction

  3. Provide Assistance to Struggling Readers

  4. Use Phonemic Awareness, Phonics and Word Recognition Strategies to Develop Fluency

  5. Identify Processes and Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension

  6. Integrate and Understand the Relationship of Reading and Writing

  7. Teach Reading and Writing across the Curriculum

  8. Emphasize Family Involvement in Literacy

  9. Use Formal and Informal Assessment to Guide Instruction

  10. Design and Manage a Balanced Literacy Approach

All participants will participate in the statewide CCLD Share Fair. Each teacher or teacher team will develop a poster or roundtable session to present that day.

  Download the 2016 Share Fair Agenda  
  Download the 2016 Share Fair Program Booklet  
  Download the 2016 Share Fair Information Packet  

Poster Session:

  • This will be a visual presentation representing the implementation of your Literacy Action Plan. Displays may include student products/work samples, instructional materials, photographs, assessments, and/or other related graphics depicting data and anecdotal records.

Roundtable Session:

  • This will be an oral presentation describing the implementation of your Literacy Action Plan. The presentation may include other materials that aid in explaining your work. The purpose of this session is to give teachers an opportunity to hear about and then informally discuss thoughtfully planned and implemented literacy approaches.

Share Fair Topics include:

  • Fitting Phonics into a 21st Century Classroom
  • First Aid Kit for Parental Involvement
  • Stellar Sentence Stalkers
  • Take a Dive with the Daily Five
  • Word Nerds
  • The Write Stuff