As part of its Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programming, the Department of Education funded the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) program. Here is a description of the program:
The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) program is authorized as part of the FY 2010 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. No. 111-117) under the Title I demonstration authority (Part E, Section 1502 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Through the Act, Congress provided $200 million for a comprehensive literacy development and education program to advance literacy skills for students from birth through grade 12.
The money Congress provided for this program has been distributed to states through two channels:
Formula grants were awarded to State Education Agencies (SEAs) to establish or support a State Literacy Team with expertise in literacy development and education for children from birth to grade 12 to assist the State in developing a comprehensive literacy plan.
Discretionary grants to create a comprehensive literacy program to advance literacy skills — including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing — for students from birth through grade 12, including limited-English-proficient students and students with disabilities.
The discrentionary grants, which ranged from $7 million to $67 million, were awarded in six states: Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Texas. According to the SRCL website,
They will use 95% of the award to to make subgrants to Local Educational Agencies or certain early childhood education providers to support services and activities that have the characteristics of effective literacy instruction through professional development, screening and assessment, targeted interventions for students reading below grade level, and other research-based methods of improving classroom instruction and practice.
Each of these six states have posted their Striving Readers grants on their state department of education website. Attached you will find a summary of each state's proposal. States have already made, or are in the process of making, subgrants to their LEAs. These LEAs may still be in the process of looking for professional development providers to work with them in implementing their plans over the coming school year.
We encourage Writing Projects in these six states to read their states' SRCL grants, to find out which LEAs have Striving Readers grants, and to reach out to those LEAs as professional development providers/partners.
We also encourage writing project leaders in all states to read their states' comprehensive literacy plans developed through the SRCL formula grants, and to become familiar with their state literacy teams.
Please use this blog discussion to share ideas for connecting to SRCL programming in your state, to ask questions of one another about ways of accessing SRCL work, and for letting the NWP office know what, if any, national support structures might help with these efforts.