The National Center for Literacy Education

A ResourceA CollaborationA CoalitionA Movement to Transform Literacy Education in America

There are some remarkable efforts underway in American schools to invest the next generation of students with the literacy skills needed to innovate, solve problems, and meet unprecedented challenges. Until now, there has been no way to connect these initiatives, to provide models for advancing literacy learning in every subject, to collaborate in identifying and pursuing critical research questions about literacy teaching and learning on a consistent, sustained basis.

That’s changing.

The National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) is a coalition of stakeholders representing the premiere education organizations, policy analysts, researchers, and foundations who are working together to identify and share the plans, practices, support systems, and assessments used by educator teams working to improve literacy learning. NCLE celebrates the work of successful school teams across the country that are achieving remarkable results in advancing literacy learning, and shares what is learned with education policymakers.

Literacy Education Reform from the Grassroots
NCLE provides support for and compiles evidence about how educators working in cross-disciplinary teams design and implement plans to support literacy learners in every classroom. By sharing stories from these educator teams, NCLE not only makes visible teaching and learning practices, it highlights the organizational conditions and community support that make real progress possible.

Supporting School Change
NCLE provides the Literacy in Learning Exchange as a free resource to all educator teams. All educators are invited to use the free site to build or further develop a team in their school, district, or across schools/districts, or in their out-of-school setting. Educators who embrace the challenge of sponsoring and supporting a team are eligible to apply for recognition and support as Centers for Literacy Education.

Sustaining Improved Learning
To complement the gains observed in participating schools and teams, NCLE funds collaborative research projects and shares findings with policy leaders at all levels. NCLE's 2013 report Remodeling Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works highlights findings from a nationally representative survey of educators of all roles, grade levels, and subject areas who were asked about their current practices around literacy learning, professional learning, and collaboration. NCLE's newest report Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation (released in February 2014) builds on the prior study and looks at the extent to which the professional expertise of teachers working together is driving standards implementation.

Individualized and personal feedback is provided to teams who seek information or advice about their work. And NCLE stakeholder organizations makes available what we learn from participating teams through our peer-reviewed publications, seminars, and colloquies.

Join NCLE and its allies in writing a future for literacy education that puts the expertise of educators and the interests of students and their families at the center of our work!

Read Building Capacity to Transform Literacy Learning

NCLE Brochure (PDF)525.83 KB
Quick Guide to the Literacy in Learning Exchange (PDF)477.32 KB