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: and the YouTube video at:

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.