KRP4RTA

Welcome (or welcome back) to the Kentucky Reading Project for Read To Achieve School Teachers!

The Kentucky Reading Project (KRP) is a high-intensity and extended-duration elementary literacy instruction professional development program provided by the literacy faculty at Kentucky’s 8 state universities, and administered by the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) at the University of Kentucky. The program is free to teachers, free to schools, and free to districts, paid for by lottery monies and state appropriations. KRP has been in operation since 1998, and provides teachers with graduate course credit-worthy instructional improvement.

Although the precise structure of the KRP process will vary slightly between the 8 state university service regions, it typically involves a full-day, two-week summer intensive to provide teachers with evidence-based best practices, quality tools and materials, and instructional problem solving skills. During the intensive, teachers work together to craft classroom implementations for their students’ most pressing literacy needs. These implementations (lesson unit plans, formative assessment designs, skill development materials, etc.) are then put to use in the teachers’ classrooms throughout the following academic year, with faculty observation and peer support to guide teachers through implementation and assessment, culminating with a presentation of teachers’ results and planned next steps at a statewide Spring Share Fair.

KRP has been immensely popular and demonstrably successful at improving students’ literacy achievement (visit the KRP webpage at www.kentuckyliteracy.org for research reports on KRP’s impact). For that reason, the Kentucky Department of Education has chosen to include KRP training for one elementary classroom teacher per year in each school receiving a Read To Achieve (RTA) grant.

In this special form of “KRP4RTA,” teachers are accepted into the KRP cohort on the recommendation of school principals, instead of being admitted through a competitive application process. Although KRP is now a requirement for one teacher per year in each of the RTA grant funded schools, we strongly encourage principals to select a teacher who (1) is eager to participate; (2) has been teaching for at least 2 years; and (3) already demonstrates energetic and effective classroom instruction. (KRP is not intended to provide basic training for teachers. The idea is to encourage hard-working, ambitious, and competent teachers to volunteer to participate in the KRP program so that they might develop site-specific instructional designs that their fellow teachers could benefit from and serve as future literacy leaders in their school.

In accordance with the requirements set forth by the KDE, KRP4RTA will not offer graduate course credit to teachers.

CCLD will be happy to provide more information about the value and impact of KRP to interested teachers and principals. For more info, contact KRP Program Director Cary Pappas (cary.pappas@uky.edu) or 859-257-6118.