Published: 11/19/2014 9:09 AM

Literacy includes reading, writing, and the creative and analytical acts involved in producing and comprehending text. From Read to Succeed: Kentucky's Literacy Plan, developed by the Kentucky Literacy Partnership, June 2002.


Literacy Planning Webinars

The National Reading Panel (NICHD, 2000) identified vocabulary as one of five major components of reading. Its importance to overall school success and, more specifically, to reading comprehension is widely documented (Baker, Simmons, & Kame’enui, 1998; Anderson & Nagy, 1991).

Below are resources to assist teachers in designing vocabulary instruction. While these resources are arranged into various content areas, it is important to note that most strategies can be modified and applied across the curriculum.


Vocabulary in the Content Areas Webinars


Content Approaches to Vocabulary—Social Studies
Content Approaches to Vocabulary Instruction- SS.pptx

Navigating Text Complexity Webinar
Navigating Text Complexity is an easy-to-use website developed with teachers in mind, assisting in understanding text complexity issues that are key to standards implementation. The site is complete with video examples, sample documents and templates for working through text complexity within individual school’s or PLCs. This module is meant to guide the reader through the website by taking a live look at each of the pages, highlighting the information and application of the website.

Literacy Planning Pt 1 Team and Plan PDF
Part 1 - Literacy Planning WebEx Recording - March 13, 2012 - Windows Media Player

Literacy Planning Pt 2 - Professional Learning
Part 2 - Literacy Planning WebEx Recording - March 29, 2012 - Windows Media Player

Literacy Planning Pt 3 Instruction-Intervention PDF
Part 3 Literacy Planning WebEx Recording - April 16, 2012 - Windows Media Player

Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): An Elementary Connection
This webinar provides background information on the NGSS as well as explains the architecture of the document.  Using a draft NGSS item focusing on Earth’s Surface Systems, integrated literacy/science instructional strategies and resources are shared. Highlighted strategies include the use of quadrant close reading,  incorporation of  a compare and contrast  graphic organizer and utilization of  the Jigsaw strategy given specific reader roles.

Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS): A High School Connection
This Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards narrated presentation provides an overview of how high school students can use the KY Virtual Library to gather and evaluate  credible text (RST.9-10. 11-12.8) that correlate to a physical science performance expectation from the January draft of the NGSS (HS-PS4-g).  Sample rubrics are shared as well as a discussion frame.

Standards for Literacy in the Technical Subjects
During this webinar, participants will review the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in the Technical Subjects and examine strategies for their implementation within the Career and Technical classroom.

Literacy Without Limits: Help for Struggling Students, Grades 4-12
Produced in partnership with KDE's Early Literacy Branch, this DVD-ROM resource showcases strategies that content area teachers can use to help students who struggle with literacy. It features 90+ video clips shot in classrooms across Kentucky. KDE is providing a free copy of this resource to every public school in the state, and the DVD-ROMS are posted online at Please take a moment to visit the web site. You'll find that Literacy Without Limits is thorough, accessible, and useful for 4-12 teachers in multiple subjects and classroom settings.



  • A KDE-KRA Joint Position Statement on Literacy Plans for KY Schools - 2010

    Literacy is the “foundation upon which academic learning and successful student performance depends” (Meltzer & Ziemba, 2006). Literate students are ones who know how to use reading, writing, listening and viewing, speaking and presenting, and critical thinking skills “to learn content … [to] use those skills to communicate what he or she has learned … [and to] transfer that learning to other situations” (Meltzer & Ziemba, 2006).


  • Early Literacy Forum - Reimagining the Possibilities

    ​On Oct 17, 2013, The Kentucky Department of Education, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, The Collaborative Center for Literacy Development, the Kentucky Reading Association, and the National Governors Association convening a group of stakeholders to discuss the NGA’s new policy guide and work going on or needed in the state to advance literacy.  The materials from the forum are posted here.


  • Even Start Family Literacy

    Even Start Family Literacy program has ended.  The program provided intensive family literacy services that integrated learning activities for parents and children, helping parents to become active partners in their children's education, and children to achieve a high level of success in school and life.


  • Family Literacy Links

    This page provides Website links related to family literacy.
  • Find a Book This Summer - Kentucky!

    Summer Reading Programs at local Kentucky public libraries provide a wonderful opportunity for students to maintain reading skills. This year Kentucky’s public libraries are partnering with the Kentucky Department of Education to provide tools to assist in summer reading selections.



  • Integrated Strategy Districts

    These resources are for the Integrated Strategy pilot districts for use with district leadership and teachers and include information of Literacy & Mathematics Design Collaborative work as well as the Teacher Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.


  • Isaac Murphy - Everybody Reads Project

    Kentucky author Frank X Walker has written a collection of poetry, I Dedicate This Ride, in honor of African-American jockey Isaac Murphy. To coincide with the 2010 World Equestrian Games, The University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences, is sponsoring an Isaac Murphy Everybody Reads Project.


  • Kentucky Adolescent Literacy Plan

    In April 2007, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) invited Kentucky to become part of an Adolescent Literacy Network. Kentucky was one of ten states chosen to become part of this network because of the commitment to adolescent literacy development the state has already shown in its present initiatives and its readiness to take this commitment to a higher level.


  • Kentucky Cognitive Literacy Model

    The Kentucky Cognitive Literacy Model (KCLM) is a project-based approach to instruction which can be used as a single class intervention for struggling adolescent students or as a school-based model for engaging and meeting the needs of all learners. The model is based on the following four critical components:


  • Kentucky Literacy Plan

    As a part of the federal Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy planning grant, the Kentucky Department of Education is developing a state literacy plan. The Kentucky Literacy Partnership was established in 1999 to coordinate Statewide literacy efforts among the public and community entities that share an interest in improving the reading and literacy skills of children and adults throughout Kentucky.


  • Letters About Literature

    Letters About Literature (LAL)​ is an annual reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12 sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. 


  • Lexile for Reading



  • Lexile Information for Schools and Families

    Kentucky has adopted The Lexile® Framework for Reading which is designed to provide instructional information to teachers, students and parents and enable accurate tailoring of instructional materials and intervention systems to benefit students.
  • Literacy - Professional Resources

    This list of professional resources is organized into categories - Preschool/Elementary, Middle/High and Other. It contains descriptions and bibliographies of sources on books about literacy, coaching, best practices and assessments among other topics.


  • Literacy Leadership - Stories of Schoolwide Success

    ​KET and the Kentucky Department of Education visited a variety of schools in Kentucky and interviewed principals, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, state educational cooperative literacy consultants and teachers in an effort to capture the type of leadership described in research-based standards.


  • Literacy Link Newsletter

    Kentucky Literacy Link is a KDE publication designed to address topics that impact literacy instruction in all Kentucky classrooms. Issues are posted here. 
  • Literacy PERKS Professional Development

    Literacy PERKS is designed for use by school, district, and state-level reviewers.


  • Literacy Planning Guide for KY Schools

    The purpose of this guide is to assist schools in establishing a literacy team and to provide guidance as they develop, implement, monitor and sustain their literacy plan.


  • Literacy Plans

    Read samples from Kentucky schools and districts.


  • Literacy Reports

    View the latest reports on literacy topics from a variety of national groups and researchers.


  • Literacy Snapshot Modules

    The following Literacy Snapshots were created by the Reading First team.


  • Literacy Strategies - Glossary

    Included in this glossary are definitions of common terms used around literacy instruction. The strategies can be used by teachers in every content area to support literacy instruction. Some of the terms have accompanying word documents with templates and/or examples of the strategy for teacher use.


  • Professional Learning Modules

    KDE has developed 2 professional learning resources to support districts/schools in learning more about the Learning Forward Standards for Professional Learning and how they can support local professional learning teams.  The first module, Professional Development—Professional Learning:  What’s the Difference? Is designed to guide facilitators through information and resources to use with their local teams.  The second module, is broken into 6 segments, each one illustrating an online resource that may be used to accomplish professional learning needs. While not a comprehensive list, the examples demonstrate strategies for working individually, in small groups or as a school.


  • Professional Learning Plan

    In response to KRS 158.6451 (Senate Bill 163, 2010), the Kentucky Department of Education has designed professional learning resources to help schools work through the process of building and evaluating a high-impact professional learning plan.


  • Professional Learning Task Force

    In October 2011, Kentucky was selected by Learning Forward to be the Demonstration State for the nation in “Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core.”


  • Program Effectiveness Review for Kentucky Schools (Literacy PERKS)

    Literacy PERKS (Program Effectiveness Review for Kentucky Schools) is designed for use by school and district reviewers. At the school level, the best use of Literacy PERKS occurs when Literacy Team members complete the review and use the results to develop a school wide literacy plan.


  • SPEAK Conference

    SPEAK is a collaborative conference sponsored by the Kentucky National Forensic League and co-sponsored by the Kentucky High School Speech League, the Kentucky Catholic Forensic League (Louisville diocese), and the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association.


  • The Kentucky Marker Papers (P-12)

    Kentucky Marker Papers: Phase II
    The Kentucky Department of Education has completed an update of Marker Papers development. The Kentucky Marker Papers are instructional samples intended to show competency in writing across the grade levels, subject areas, and categories of writing.


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