CCLD Celebrates 20 Years of Service

The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) is celebrating 20 years of service to Kentucky educators.  Through CCLD’s varied professional development initiatives, educators from all 120 counties have created a professional community over the 20-year span, continually building on their individual and collective knowledge bases via training, learning, and sharing. In March of this year, the Kentucky State Senate recognized CCLD for its dedication, longevity, and impact. We invite everyone to help us celebrate this momentous occasion through this special 20th anniversary, as we look forward to many more years of service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Current Events

The 2022 Annual Report is available for download HERE.

The CCLD 2022 Annual Technical Report and Addenda is available for download by CLICKING HERE.

Supporting Readers Who Struggle

ILA Resource Collections have just released their evidence-based, practitioner-friendly content packets for students who need extra support in reading and literacy. They have been carefully curated by educators and researchers—from recorded sessions and peer-reviewed journal articles to magazine features and research-based instructional practices. Review the materials here:


Director’s Cut

CCLD’s Executive Director, Dr. George Hruby, shares some ideas on current literacy issues.

Executive Director of CCLD George Hruby will be a Featured Speaker at LitCon2023 late January in Columbus Ohio. Other speakers include Peter Afflerbach (U. of Maryland), Patrick Harris II (The Roeper School in Detroit), Rachael Gabriel (U. of Connecticut), and Paul Thomas (Furman U.). See details at: https://literacyconference.org/featured/ and the YouTube video at: https://youtu.be/RNHK1JrWBO8

Science of Reading Fundamentals

A Brief Prepared for the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Education, June 2022.

(Click here for .pdf of brief)

In the recent special issue of Phi Delta Kappan on “Language Matters,” Dr. George Hruby expresses caution over “Language’s vanishing act in early literacy education.” In it, he explains how the marginalization of language development in the early grades language arts curriculum could prove disastrous for our children.


New International Literacy Association (ILA) Research Brief on Reading Difficulties: Children Experiencing Reading Difficulties:  What We Know and What We Can Do

View all of ILA’s Position Statements, Brief’s and Paper’s here.

As people are increasingly concerned about ecological issues like global warming, sustainable agriculture, anti-biotic resistant diseases, and the latest health trends and diets, it may be time to consider a biologically-savvy view of literacy development. Biology is foundational to developmental science and neuroscience, and literacy development has historically held to a naturalistic account of growth. Here are the director’s thoughts from the latest issue of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Dyslexia is on a lot of reading teachers’ minds these days. In this column from the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Hruby explains the clinical definition of dyslexia. This is the same definition of dyslexia mandated by law in Kentucky (KRS 158.307), so even though it was published in a journal for intermediate, secondary, and post-secondary literacy, it applies to early childhood and primary grades as well. Click here.

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About Us

The mission of the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) is to promote literacy and address the diverse needs of all learners through professional development for Kentucky educators and research that informs policy and practice.

In 1998, the Kentucky General Assembly unanimously passed Senate Bill 186, which established the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development: Early Childhood through Adulthood.  CCLD is administered through the Council on Postsecondary Education and housed at the University of Kentucky College of Education.  CCLD is a collaboration among the eight state universities and the National Center for Families Learning.  Senate Bill 1, enacted in 2000, directed CCLD to provide professional development for adult education instructors.  In the same year, House Bill 502 provided additional funding for the Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Training Program at the University of Kentucky.

Literacy is defined as: “an individual’s ability to read, write, speak…, compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job, in the family of the individual, and in society.”
—Workforce Investment Act of 1998

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