Our mission is to conduct research in literacy that informs policy and practice early childhood through adult. Faculty at CCLD and its partner universities work collaboratively to improve literacy through rigorous research and evaluation.


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The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development conducts research and evaluation to improve literacy in Kentucky. CCLD projects vary in scale, from large randomized controlled field trials to small, customized school-based evaluations. Results are disseminated through reports, journal articles, and presentations.

Culturally Responsive Instruction Observation Protocol

Striving Readers Cohort 2 Evaluation: Kentucky Department of Education

  • 2009 to 2012

    The U.S. Department of Education funded a second round of Striving Readers grants for state educational agencies to implement targeted interventions for adolescents, and as part of that initiative, CCLD evaluated the effectiveness of the Kentucky Cognitive Literacy Model (KCLM).

    • Cantrell, S., Carter, J., & Rintamaa, M. (2012). Striving readers cohort 2 evaluation: Kentucky Department of Education.  A report prepared for the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development.