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September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

CTL has proven to be a very professional organization. The Collaborative for Teaching and Learning as a partner in the Striving Readers Project provided coach and administrator training to schools involved in the program. The preparation, planning, implementation, and follow up by CTL has helped our Literacy Coach, Administration, and faculty to grow and further develop our vision of incorporating a School Wide Content Area Literacy based curriculum at our school. We look forward to partnering with CTL in the future.

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The professional growth by our faculty and success of our students is a testament to the benefits derived from our partnership with CTL.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

CTL has helped our school reach out to our struggling readers. The ideas, methods, and strategies that CTL have shown teachers are outstanding and well received by the students. Students and teachers are writing and reading more through the use of technology. This is a major accomplishment for our area. Many students do not have computers in their homes. We are moving into the 21st century and CTL has played a major role in our school's accomplishments.

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I am a literacy coach that has worked in a grant from CTL. The goal of the Striving Readers' Grant is to help students learn to read through the use of strategies, and help their teachers learn new ways to help students learn how to read and feel success

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

My job as a Literacy/Writing Specialist has been to provide instructional resources to teachers, administrators, and students. The Collabortaive For Teaching And Learning has always been a key source for information, lessons, and technology. In my experience, anything they produce has been great: thoroughly developed, currently valid, teacher-friendly, focused on classroom instruction and aligned with our standards.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The teachers and schools I've worked with have used the materials I have brought to them from the CTL. Our assessment scores have steadily increased over the last several years.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would do more advertising with school administrators.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

User-friendly lessons and teacher resources

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, focused trainers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve and make quality instruction more equally accessible to all students

Ways to make it better...

Workshops were distributed to more parts of the state

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding available and advertising the value of their services

One thing I'd also say is that...

The educational quality of the work producted by CTL is unsurpassed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010

CTL is a non profit professional development group that provides training to various schools and organizations around the world. Five years ago several organizations in Kentucky collaboratively wrote a federal research grant (Striving Readers) to determine the effectiveness of literacy strategies to improve adolescent reading through a school wide model and a targeted intervention model. CTL provided the professional development for the school wide model, Adolescent Literacy Model, for the duration of the research project. The staff from CTL were very professional, knowledgeable and dedicated to the project. CTL has been instrumental in the design of the project and overall training in the project. CTL staff supported all components of the project including the targeted intervention. All evaluations of CTL's work was excellent citing updated info and research based strategies. The work developed and implemented was superb to any I have seen in my 36 years in education. Always prompt and punctual and ready to deliver. And always keeping the students and teachers as the focal point. Their work focused on each individual school needs. All partners have been very impressed with CTL's work and many plan to continue the work with CTL even after the project is completed in Spring 2011.

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The evaluations, surveys, data collected and informal conversations from the 23 schools in the Striving Readers Project on CTL's work have always been excellent. From informal data the schoolwide model has been very successful.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes, just encouragement. CTL needs to continue their excellent work across Kentucky and the world to help students to learn to read. Their expertise in the field of adolescent literacy should continue to be shared.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have enjoyed working with an organization that is prompt, reliable and dedicated to the project. The staff expertise in literacy was invaluable to our Striving Readers project.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

CTL's staff were experts in the content literacy field. All were very professional and dedicated to the project.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Train the whole state of Kentucky in adolescent content literacy strategies and provide training internationally! Our SR project has opened the doors for immprovement in adolescent literacy and CTL has been the forerunner of this project.

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My experience was very good. CTL's expertise in adolescent literacy provided a wealth of information, strategies and support to the 950+ teachers within the 23 schools of the project.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The biggest challenges facing this organization was having the manpower to complete training for 23 schools and 950+ teachers in literacy in all content areas. They met the challenge with quality work and support throughout the duration of the project.

One thing I'd also say is that...

CTL staff is very professional and dedicated to improving adolescent literacy. Their work reflects high quality and support to students, staff and administrators across the state.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 1, 2010

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September 1, 2010

I was fortunate to participate in a CTL workshop on Content Literacy in 2008. Over the course of a semester, I met with CTL staff and colleagues from my college to learn techniques that would help us help our students learn more effectively. Since then, I've incorporated many things I learned in my teaching: anticipation guides, freyer models, socratic argument, paired verbal fluency. I was also introduced to graphic novels as a teaching tool at one session. Since then, I've built a small (aobut 300 volume) graphic novel collection at our college library, given a presentation on building lessons using graphic novels and will soon present at a state-wide library conference. Kudos to CTL for introducing so many faculty to new ideas -- that information has made so many of us better teachers....

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The quality of my own teaching has improved, and I've observed in my colleagues successful use of things we learned through the workshops they provide.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their funding so that they can serve more teachers and indirectly serve more students

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the great staff. They have knowledge and they are willing to share!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic! Smart, articulate, helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Grow their programs and expand their reach.

Ways to make it better...

it had been longer. The semester long workshop was excellent, but I wish I had the opportunity to return for more training.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

budgetary.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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