Input Meetings for State Literacy Teams


Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program Public Input Meeting




PowerPoint Presentations and Transcripts from November 19, 2010


    • Dr. Strickland – Support Striving Readers and Writers: A Systemic Approach download files PPT (195kB)


    • Michael Kamil – Remarks on Striving Readers download files PPT (237kB)


    • Just Read Florida and Hillsborough County Public Schools – Improving Literacy Instruction through Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grants download files PPT (1.24M)


    • Jill Slack, Louisiana Department of Education – Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Programdownload files PPT (3.19M)


    • Public and Expert Meeting Input – SLRC State Grant Competition Developmentdownload files PPT (878K)


    • Striving Readers Public Meeting Transcript download files PDF (500K)


    • Paige Pullen – Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program: Considering the Needs of Students With or At-Risk for Reading Disabilities download files PPT (706K)


    • Nonie Lesaux, PhD- Striving Readers Comprehensive Public Meeting: Addressing The Needs of At-Risk Learners Through Effecitve Policy & Programming download files PPT (2.31MB)


  • Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy: Written Public Inputdownload files PDF (2.31MB)




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

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.

SEA and LEA Capacity and Support

  1. What should States be considering in their State Literacy Plans to ensure effective literacy and language development and instruction? For example, what are core components of a State Literacy Plan? What roles and capacities should States have or develop in order to effectively support subgrantees in carrying out substantial improvements in literacy and language development, teaching, and learning?
  2. How can this program most effectively support States’ and LEAs’ transition to new internationally-benchmarked college- and career-ready standards held in common by multiple States, as well as their use of State early learning standards?
  3. How can SEAs and subgrantees best leverage the use of funds under the ESEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, as well as other Federal, State, and local funds, for effective literacy development and instruction?

Transition and Alignment across Birth through Grade 12

  1. How should States and LEAs assess their needs in order to effectively target the funds to appropriately support literacy and language development for children from birth through grade 12?
  2. How can subgrantees ensure that the needs of children from birth through age five will be met under this program? How should subgrantees create effective partnerships with relevant organizations, including the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care?
  3. How can subgrantees ensure that the needs of adolescent learners will be met under this program? Specifically, how can subgrantees ensure that schools integrate effective literacy development and instruction into core subject areas and increase motivation and interest in reading and writing?

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

  1. How can a State best ensure that its comprehensive literacy plan will effectively address the needs of economically disadvantaged children and youth, limited-English-proficient children and youth, and children and youth with disabilities?
  2. How can a State ensure that subgrantees will effectively address the needs of economically disadvantaged children and youth, limited-English-proficient children and youth, and children and youth with disabilities?
  3. What should subgrantees consider when addressing the needs of their diverse learners across the age spans?

Professional Development, Instruction, and Assessment

  1. What are the essential components of high-quality literacy-related professional development? What aspects, if any, should be considered essential in a successful subgrant proposal?
  2. In what ways can technology and materials conforming to principles of universal design for learning (UDL) support effective literacy development and instruction for limited-English-proficient children and youth and children and youth with disabilities? What aspects of technology and UDL should be considered for incorporation in subgrant proposals?
  3. What are the critical elements of an integrated, age-appropriate assessment system for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of children and youth and improving literacy development and instruction?
  4. What are the most important ways to collect, analyze, and use data to improve literacy development and instructional practices and child and youth outcomes in early learning settings and in schools?

Evidence and Evaluation

  1. In order to have a rigorous competition and make high-quality subgrant awards, what evidence should States require subgrantees to put forward in their applications? How can early learning providers demonstrate a “record of effectiveness,”as required in the Act?
  2. What approaches should States and subgrantees implement in order to effectively monitor program implementation and outcomes so as to inform continuous program improvement?
  3. What strategies should States and subgrantees implement in order to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of job-embedded, ongoing professional development for teachers, coaches, principals, and administrators?
  4. What should the Department require regarding rigorous, independent State evaluations of the program, given limited State-level administrative funds?




For those unable to attend The Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Public Meeting scheduled for Friday, November 19, 2010 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time) we will be hosting a live Webinar using online and audio components. You will need to log into the web conference AND dial into the audio conference.

Please read System Requirements for a list of supported browsers and system configurations prior to the orientation.



Web Conference Details:

Friday, November 19, 2010 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time) Log-in URL: Conference ID: 61565

Audio Conference Details:

Audio Conference Dial-in: (888) 676-3315 Audio Conference ID: 61565


Participant Log-In Procedure:


    • 1. Go to URL at and complete the log-in form.
    • 2. Enter the Conference ID to complete the log-in.
    • 3. Click Start.
    • 4. The conference window will open and the Moderator will see your name in the Participant list.
    • 5. Dial into the audio conference.
    • 6. Enter the Conference ID then press the # key.
    7. You will be connected to the audio conference.

If you experience problems with this technology, please contact Baneesha Newsome-Johnson at