Call for Public Input – Comprehensive Literacy Development Meeting

I’m pleased to announce a public input meeting to be held on the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy State Grant Program next Friday, November 19, here at the U.S. Department of Education.

Next year, the Secretary plans to announce a competition for State projects to support comprehensive literacy development and to advance literacy skills, including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing, for students from birth through grade 12, English learners and students with disabilities. So, we want to use this meeting to get input from experts, advocates, States, and other stakeholders on the application notice for this competition.

I want to encourage all of you who are interested to attend this meeting if you can — we really value feedback at the Department, and your input will be incredibly important as we develop this grant program. You’ll find more details on registration and submitting input below, and I look forward to a rich and productive meeting.

Event Details

What: Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy State Grant Program Public Input Meeting

When: Friday, November 19, 2010, 2 sessions to be held from 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: U.S. Department of Education
Potomac Center Plaza (PCP) Auditorium
550 12th Street, SW

Registration: If you are interested in attending the meeting and/or providing input at the meeting, you must register by sending an e-mail to: with your name, organization, and the session you are interested in attending (morning or afternoon) by Tuesday, November 16, 2010.

Submitting Written Input: Written input will be accepted at the meeting site, via e-mail, or mail. For e-mail submissions, e-mail:, on or before 5:00pm (EST), Friday, November 19, 2010. You must include “Striving Readers Public Input” in the subject line of your e-mail.

All input, including expert presentations and discussions, public input, and written submissions, should focus primarily on responding to questions posted at

To ensure that your input is fully considered in the development of the notice inviting applications, we urge you to identify clearly the specific question, purpose, or characteristic that you are addressing, and to arrange your input in the order of the questions as they are listed

For further information about the meeting, see or contact Deborah Spitz at or (202) 260-3793.