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CEF is deeply committed to improving literacy achievement and reading instruction for our CUSD students. In an effort to close our literacy achievement gap, CEF funds specialized professional teacher development and the necessary student reading materials. In addition, CEF co-led The Big Lift, a multi-million dollar grant to improve reading proficiency in our community.

First Students Learn to Read…Then They Read to Learn

CEF is embarking on an effort to dramatically improve reading levels. We know this will also change lives. Students spend their first few years learning to read and then spend the rest of their lives reading to learn.

CEF-Funded Literacy Programs

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Teacher Development

Columbia Teacher College Readers and Writers Workshop

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Kindergarten Literacy

K/1 Summer Bridging Literacy Program

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Informational Literacy

Building Classroom Libraries