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Posted on November 18, 2020

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Comprehensive Literacy Plans

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the winners of the 2020 Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) grant competition. Eleven awards were made to states and outlying areas to advance literacy skills through the use of evidence-based practices, activities, and interventions. The winning plans articulate clear paths for improving reading and writing for children from birth through grade 12; some have a focus on early literacy, but many also include new solutions for middle and high school teachers and students.

“These comprehensive literacy grants provide critical resources for states to support improved literacy and outcomes for students,” notes Partnership Development Director Sharon Sáez. “We see districts make strong gains with CSLD awards because the application process and evidence-base requirements help create common goals and services that align to solve persistent teaching and learning challenges.”

As an evidence-based professional learning approach that can help bring coherence to plans with multiple partners and supports, Reading Apprenticeship has worked with a wide range of states, districts, and schools to implement multi-year literacy plans in middle and high schools. Our professional learning services include coaching, networking, online learning communities, and Teacher Leader development. Read more about this work in this WestEd R&D Alert or check out our success stories.

We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about how Reading Apprenticeship professional learning, our OER and 9th grade curriculum, and other teaching and formative assessment tools learning can support your literacy goals.

Contact Sharon Sáez, Partnership Development Director, at ssaez@wested.org or (301) 997-1891 today!

CLSD 2020 Award Recipients include:

  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Missouri Department of Education
  • Michigan Department of Education
  • Tennessee Department of Education
  • Louisiana Department of Education
  • Arizona Department of Education
  • Colorado Department of Education
  • Wyoming Department of Education
  • Texas Education Agency
  • DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • Florida Department of Education
  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Virgin Islands
  • Bureau of Indian Education
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