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.

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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