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IAL grants: Grant resources

Basic questions

  • What is the target group?
  • What are the goals and objectives?
  • How will success be measured?
  • How will the grant program relate to existing literacy efforts and programs already in place in Pawtucket, especially for the target group?
  • What is the district buy-in?
    • Interim superintendent?
    • reading teachers?  coaches?
    • classroom teachers?
  • What resources are needed?
    • personel
    • materials
      • eBooks
      • Books
      • Giveaway books
    • equipment
      • tablets?
      • barcode scanners
    • subscriptions/memberships
      • RILINK
      • MyOn?
    • services
      • training

Grant instructions

More information about the program is available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/innovapproaches-literacy/index.html 

Deadline is July 17, 2014.  The estimated Range of Awards to LEAs and Consortia of LEAs is  $150,000 to $750,000, and the estimated Average Size of Awards is $500,000. 

Basic concepts for grant

  • Stress projected impact on student achievement
  • Remaining elementaries to join RILINK
    • students and teachers to use MyQuest to develop their own Have Read, Currently Reading and Want to Read shelves and share recommendations with each other, adding multi-media reviews
    • teachers and librarians develop resource lists for recommended titles, on-line resources by topic, reading level
    • library books have Fontas and Pinnell, other reading and interest levels indicated in library catalog
  • Focus on grades 3-6 at 10 elementary schools, approximately 2600 students (not including six graders at the junior high schools)
  • Program to run two years under the grant
  • Program to run at least one additional year after grant to complete evalution of its effectiveness.  Overall five-year period would be better.
  • MyOn Reading Program with ebooks? with books listed and linked in the catalog, add most popular titles each year to RILINK's permanent eBook collection (brief description from edshelf)   Internet@Schools review of myON Reader   review by school librarian
  • Relation to existing/previous reading programs used in Pawtucket, including Fontas and Pinnell, Accelerated Reader
  • Need to reference state and district plans/initiatives
  • Goal:  reading scores at state average within 2 years, how to measure?   NECAP?  or   RIAA?  LEP?
  • Promote and correlate activities each year with the statewide summer reading program
  • Use Learning Express resources for Reading Comprehension Skills Improvement available through AskRI.org
  • book distribution to families, possibly on completion of activity, such as summer reading program?  
  • Innovative approach ??  Connect students to public library, take advantage/integrate with existing programs and resources
  • Grant requires Logic model (also referred to as theory of action), which "means a well-specified conceptual framework that identifies key components of the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice (i.e., the active “ingredients” that are hypothesized to be critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and describes the relationships among the key components and outcomes, theoretically and operationally."  (34 CFR 77.1(c))
  • Grant requires Evidence of promise, which "means there is empirical evidence to support the theoretical linkage(s) between at least one critical component and at least one relevant outcome presented in the logic model for the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice. Specifically, evidence of promise means the conditions in paragraphs (i) and (ii) of this section are met:

    (i) There is at least one study that is a--
    (A) Correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias;
    (B) Quasi-experimental study that meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with reservations; or
    (C) Randomized controlled trial that meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with or without reservations.
    (ii) The study referenced in paragraph (a) found a statistically significant or substantively important (defined as a difference of 0.25 standard deviations or larger), favorable association between at least one critical component and one relevant outcome presented in the logic model for the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice." (34 CFR 77.1(c))

  • emphasize need for feedback to students on progress
  • how to develop expert teachers

Grant Team

Renee Peron, Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library   rrarcham@cox.net

Jane Perry  janeperry@newportrischools.org

Colleen Green     colleenmgreen@aol.com

Katheen Reeve   katiekreeve@gmail.com

Interim Superintendent Patti DiCenso  ??

Reading Specialist, Pawtucket ?

Dorothy Frechette, RILINK  dorothy@rilink.org

Justin Coopa  coppaj@psdri.net     the Grant and Resource Accounting Manager with the Pawtucket School Department 

Grant writer from Cicilline's office?

Team leader?