The Colorado Department of Education embraces the importance of literacy, a gateway skill that opens the door to accessing information throughout life. Research in the past decade reflects a consensus around evidence-based practices that have a high likelihood of leading students to success in mastering the reading process. The Office of Literacy is committed to supporting districts, schools, and teachers in teaching the five components of reading, including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, as well as oral and written language. Our mission is to support increased student achievement in literacy across Colorado by supporting quality school-wide reform models in light of current and advancing research.
The CDE Literacy Project
The CDE Literacy Project is an outcome of the Odyssey Project, a long-time, joint outreach effort of the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Council for Learning Disabilities. The Colorado Odyssey Project has historically provided an exciting learning experience for teachers across the state. The content of the CDE Literacy Project professional development this year will explore the foundations that are needed in order for students to read complex text successfully. Please refer to the link below for more information.
Please select one of the following literacy focused grants and initiatives.
- Colorado Literacy Plan
- Colorado Literacy Framework
- Colorado Reading First (CRF)
- Rural Secondary Literacy Project (RSLP)
- Colorado Basic Literacy Act (CBLA)
- Colorado Read Act
- Read to Achieve (RTA)