Based on our member feedback, the CLEL Training Sub-Committee is offering free professional development opportunities for CLEL members. Check our Events Calendar for upcoming webinars, CLEL Member Meet-ups, and the Annual CLEL Conference. Anyone is welcome to attend these ongoing professional development opportunities live.

Project READY:
Reimagining Equity and Access for Diverse Youth

Based on our member’s interest in EDISJ (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice) and CLEL’s mission to strengthen all children’s pathway to literacy, the CLEL Steering Committee launched Project READY cohorts in 2021 and we are proud to continue this opportunity in 2022.

Project READY: Reimagining Equity & Access for Diverse Youth is free, online professional development curriculum for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth.

CLEL facilitates small study groups of youth services staff interested in working through the Project READY curriculum. This yearlong learning opportunity is a mix of biweekly small group discussions, occasional large cohort meetings, and asynchronous work.

CLEL Webinar Archives

Archived recordings of all past CLEL webinars are available to CLEL Members and require a password. The password is included in the New Member Welcome email. Not sure what the password is? Email

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  • 11/18/2021 News You Can Use with Pamela Martin-Díaz
  • 08/05/2021 Reading Picture Books with Children through a Race-Conscious Lens with Megan Dowd Lambert and Hannah Gómez
  • 04/29/2021 Supporting Young Children’s Literacy After Preschool: A Panel Discussion