In 2009, Senate Bill 1 called for major changes in Kentucky standards, testing, accountability, and professional development. The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD), a partnership among the eight public universities and the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), is offering a high quality professional development opportunity for elementary teachers (P-5) in literacy instruction based on a comprehensive literacy approach. The Kentucky Reading Project (KRP), a yearlong graduate-level course in reading instruction, addresses the requirements of Senate Bill 1.
KRP consists of a two-week summer institute, four follow-up days during the year, including a statewide Share Fair held in March, and a coaching visit by a KRP Director. Each publicstate university serves as a site for KRP, and only 20 teachers are selected at each site. Teachers receive approximately $200 in books and materials, and the training may be taken for three hours graduate credit.
Since the inception of KRP in 1999, nearly 3,000 teachers have participated in KRP, representing 519 schools and 159 districts. These teachers have returned to their classrooms with increased knowledge, skills, and strategies that will help all students but particularly the struggling readers.
Additional information regarding KRP can be accessed at:
Kentucky Reading Project
Please share this information with teachers and school districts with whom you work. The deadline for submitting an application is March 15, 2011.