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.

Evaluation of Kentucky’s Read to Achieve Program

More Smart Books Event 2015

  • 2016

    More SMART Books!, a unique professional learning experience (PLE) for Kentucky public school teachers in grades K-8, is the result of a partnership of the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD), Eastern Kentucky University, Kansas State University, the Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM) and the University of Louisville. Participants in this PLE contributed to the improvement and expansion of a searchable database of literature-infused math lessons for students in grades K-8. They reviewed, revised, and designed lessons for the SMART Books website so it would be a great resource for teachers wanting to integrate reading and mathematics.

Culturally Responsive Instruction Observation Protocol