The Center on English Learning & Achievement (CELA) began in 1987 with a small award from the U.S. Department of Education to study the teaching and learning of literature. Over the next eight years, led by Drs. Judith A. Langer and Arthur N. Applebee, the Center’s work provided teachers, administrators, and policymakers with the first solid base of research on what literature was being taught and how, and to which students, as well as suggestions for alternatives. These contributions had a rapid and significant effect on the nation’s literature curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
CELA is one of those must-go-to resources for research and reports about literacy and learning. The website isn't the most intuitive around; just ignore that. It is worth the frustration of navigating this online space because of what's available there----terrific reports from major figures in literacy research. These reports can provide teachers with rich resources to share with other teachers and administrators.