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In 2011 NCTE and the Ball Foundation joined together in a project to identify, celebrate, and elevate the work of successful school teams across the country who were achieving remarkable results in advancing literacy learning.  That initiative became known as the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE).

For six years, NCLE provided support to and compiled evidence about how educators working in cross-disciplinary teams were designing and implementing plans to support literacy learners in every classroom. By sharing stories, vignettes, and cases from these schools, NCLE not only made teaching and learning practices visible, it also highlighted the organizational conditions and community supports that made real progress possible.

At the core of this work is the Framework for Building Capacity , a useful way of thinking about a group’s ability to learn and adapt to changes from within or from outside. An Asset Inventory  was also created which enables school teams to evaluate their areas of strength and need within that framework.

The myriad projects developed through NCLE were fueled not only by NCTE but by a group of stakeholder organizations  that dedicated time and resources to research initiatives and an online Literacy and Learning Exchange.


Over the course of six years NCLE produced three reports from school-level data that was collected through national surveys. Each report explores a particular facet of what it takes to remodel literacy learning and the degree to which schools across the country are doing so.

2013 Report:  Remodeling Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works
Explores how US educators are currently working together to meet rising literacy expectations and how best to support them going forward.



2014 Report: Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation
Looks at how educators’ most powerful professional learning experiences come from working with their colleagues.


2015 Report: Building Literacy Capacity: The Conditions for Effective Standards Implementation
Provides a profile of what it takes to get standards implementation right.




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