The Kentucky Reading Project (KRP) is a professional development initiative of the Collaborative Center for Literacy Development. The yearlong, graduate level literacy course consists of a two-week intensive summer institute, four follow-up sessions during the year, and at least one coaching visit to each teacher. The eight state universities serve as sites for KRP, and university literacy faculty serve as directors of KRP. Training specialists from the National Center for Families Learning provide information, resources, and support regarding family engagement in literacy.

During KRP, teachers learn best practices in literacy instruction while participating in a professional learning community that positions them for leadership roles in their school, district and the state. They increase their effectiveness as teachers by expanding their knowledge base and deepening their understanding of best practices in literacy instruction as they develop and implement a Literacy Action Plan in their classrooms.

The KRP application is now available online!! To apply for the 2023-2024 KRP: CLICK HERE

For the paper version of the application, click here.

For principals to submit their statements of assurance for the 2023-2024 KRP online, please follow this link.

2023-24 KRP Summer Institute
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The mission of Kentucky Reading Project (KRP) is to increase student achievement and family engagement in literacy by empowering P-5 teachers to design and implement comprehensive, research-based instruction driven by the on-going assessment of diverse learners’ needs.

KRP is designed to be responsive to each teacher’s professional needs. The participants will choose their own Literacy Plan focus by studying and reflecting upon the following:

  • Applying theory, research and the science of reading to meet the needs of all students;
  • Addressing equity and diversity issues and their impact on literacy instruction;
  • Providing assistance to striving readers;
  • Focusing on the five components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics (word recognition), fluency, vocabulary and comprehension;
  • Identifying processes and strategies for teaching reading comprehension using a variety of texts and technologies;
  • Integrating and understanding the reading and writing connection;
  • Teaching reading and writing across the curriculum using a variety of texts and technologies;
  • Using formative, summative, and diagnostic assessments to inform instruction;
  • Designing and managing a comprehensive literacy approach;
  • Emphasizing family engagement in literacy;
  • Focusing instruction on the Kentucky Academic Standards: literary reading, informational reading, foundational skills, language, and composition.


In the nearly 25 years since the inception of the Kentucky Reading Project (KRP), this statewide literacy professional development program has had a far-reaching and profound impact. The learning is rigorous and relevant; it is also ongoing through follow-up sessions and coaching visits.


One teacher (T) in six years decreases likelihood of Novice (red) ranking and increases the likelihood of Distinguished (yellow) ranking. Two or more teachers in six years increased this effect. Drop in Proficient ranking demonstrates that students who would be at this ranking otherwise were assisted into the Distinguished ranking, while increases in Apprentice ranking shows students who would be at Novice otherwise were moved to Apprentice.


“My professional development experience with KRP changed the way I feel [about] and teach literacy. The students that I have taught since that experience received a much better education. I rank it as the #1 professional development experience in my 10 years of education.”

Teacher, Harlan County

“The Kentucky Reading Project has transformed our school’s entire reading program. During the last few years, each of our primary reading teachers has completed the KRP. Our reading scores have soared! Our reading instruction has never been better. I credit KRP with leading and paving the way for last year’s reading scores of over 100.” 

Principal, Monroe County

“The Kentucky Reading Project has had a profound effect on instructional practices and student achievement. The experience has broadened the teachers’ instructional knowledge and strategy tool box, while at the same time enabling them to better diagnose literacy problems individual students face and create plans that address those problems. It has also supported our leadership structure here. KRP has created a cohort of teacher leaders here who work together to help guide our unique approach to literacy.”

Principal, Jefferson County

University Sites

Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Stacey Korson, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Participants will:

  • Practice reading strategies by tutoring elementary school students
  • Work with library media specialists to learn how to select quality children’s literature
  • Take part in a writing workshop with a published author


Kentucky State University

Tiffany Wheeler, EdD., associate professor of education at Transylvania University

KSU’s KRP focuses on:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Differentiation – engaging students so they can all be successful
  • Kentucky Academic Standards – interdisciplinary units that integrate reading and writing with social studies, science, and other curricular areas


Morehead State University

Dr. Becky Roach, assistant professor in the College of Education

Participants in the MSU KRP will experience:

  • Literacy strategies for implementing the Kentucky Academic Standards in elementary and intermediate grades
  • Teacher-centered professional development
  • Differentiated instruction addressed in every class


Murray State University

Christina Grant, EdD., assistant professor in the College of Education
Holly Bloodworth, instructor, Elementary Education Program, 2013 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Participants in the Murray State KRP will:

  • Deepen their knowledge of standards-based instruction
  • Integrate literacy across the curriculum


Northern Kentucky University

Tammie Sherry, professor in the Department of Teacher Education

Participants will:

  • Discover strategies to improve nonfiction
  • How to differentiate literacy instruction
  • How to assess student’s literacy improvement


University of Kentucky


The focus of the UK KRP is:

  • Learning the use of various types of reflections
  • Integrating arts-related strategies into classroom literacy instruction
  • Using Canvas to discuss pertinent educational issues and maintain contact with cadre members between follow-up sessions


University of Louisville

Dr. Jane Andris, Postdoctoral Associate in the Early Childhood Research Center

The areas of focus for the University of Louisville cohorts are:

  • Reclaiming literacy instruction
  • Promoting inquiry-based interdisciplinary curriculum development
  • Exploring the role of digital literacy arts, and play in literacy teaching
  • Expanding our understanding of using children’s literature in relation to the Common Core Standards


Western Kentucky University

Nancy Hulan, PhD., associate professor in the School of Teacher Education

Participants of the WKU KRP will focus on:

  • Differentiation in literacy instruction
  • Comprehension of informational and narrative texts
  • Vocabulary and word attack instruction
  • Culturally responsive literacy instruction


Share Fair

The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development (CCLD) Share Fair is the culminating celebration and showcase of the yearlong work done through the Kentucky Reading Project (KRP) and Adolescent Literacy Project (ALP). Held on a Saturday each spring, the Share Fair consists of a series of roundtable sessions where KRP and ALP teachers discuss their literacy action plans they have been implementing all year. In addition to presenting their own work, the participants have numerous opportunities to network and attend other sessions with teachers from around the state. The day includes a luncheon with a keynote by a national literacy professional.

Examples of past KRP Literacy Plan Titles:

  • Expanding Literacy through Vocabulary Acquisition
  • Stories and STEM
  • Inviting Families into Phonics!
  • Bridging the Fluency Gap
  • Kinder Fun with Phonics and Phonemic Awareness
  • Vamping up our Vocabulary
  • Dear Dad: Connecting through Family Learning Journals
  • Purposeful Phonics in Primary Learning
  • Building a Phonological Foundation
  • Phonics Dance: Growing as Readers and Writers