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Kentucky Comprehensive Literacy (KyCL) Grant

Grants to Kentucky School
Districts for Reading Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)

Conf. Date:

03/20/20

LOI Date:

02/20/20

Deadline Date:

04/13/20 4:00 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Kentucky public school districts for programs that enhance reading skills for K-12 students from high-poverty populations. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to support reading programs that are designed for early childhood, elementary, and middle and high school students. The purpose of the grant is to support schools in improving the reading and writing achievement for all learners from birth to grade 12.

Through a literacy needs assessment, the district and school will develop comprehensive literacy plans with four (4) year funding for initial implementation. Districts will create a Literacy Leadership Team that will guide the school-level Literacy Leadership Teams, birth to grade 12, in the feeder systems. The KyCL projects will establish collaborative relationships among all providers of educational opportunities to learners (e.g., early childhood providers, schools and districts, community partners). Additionally, projects will focus on closing the literacy learner gaps of the disadvantaged by establishing specific supports for at-risk learners, birth to grade 12. The goal is to increase the numbers of disadvantaged learners ready for transitioning successfully at various points on this continuum.

The district will conduct a literacy needs assessment through the Literacy Program Effectiveness Review for Kentucky Schools (PERKS) tool and use the data to create a comprehensive literacy plan. The plan must include:

  • Each of the characteristics of comprehensive literacy instruction (p. 23) and the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, at each range of the continuum (birth-grade 12);
  • Evidence of professional learning opportunities in literacy based on the PERKS needs assessment, including instructional strategies for at-risk learners (e.g., rural communities, foster children, English Language Learners) and students with disabilities;
  • Alignment to the Kentucky Academic Standards for Reading and Writing;
  • An explanation of the district’s assessment plan, including universal screeners, diagnostic assessments and progress monitoring as well as the use of formative and summative data (i.e., valid and reliable screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring) to track and monitor literacy attainment; and to inform instruction, intervention, accommodations, professional learning and program improvement
  • A plan to select teachers for three (3) cohorts over the four-year life of the grant. The plan must include 100% of teachers by cohort 3 (2022-2024).

For information about literacy interventions, see Page 7 of the RFA in Supporting Documents, below.

For information regarding allowable and required activities, see Page 9 of the RFA in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182964

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$28,000,000

Number of Grants:

The KDE anticipates making 15 subawards in Round 1.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average total for an eligible district is $1.1 million. For additional funding information, see Page 10 of the RFA in Supporting Documents, below.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to districts on behalf of a feeder system (K-12) with a significant number of high school students (65% or greater) who qualify for Free/Reduced meals (F/R). Of those districts, competitive preference will be given to those who show, through data, that they serve significant numbers of disadvantaged students.

To be eligible for Round 1 funding, a district must:
- Qualify as high poverty;
- Have significant deficits in literacy in at least three of the four continuum levels (birth to age 5, Kindergarten-grade 5, middle school, high school);
- Agree that early education provider(s) will be engaged as active members of the DLLT and participate fully in the development and implementation of a district literacy plan. A minimum of three early learning centers/agencies are required for small feeder systems, five for medium systems, and seven for large systems;
- Provide literacy services at each level of the birth to grade 12 continuum, including specific professional learning, response to intervention (RtI) services, and other supports;
- Utilize an approved program to improve comprehensive literacy instruction that will create district and community capacity that can continue after grant funding ends;
- Not be a current SRCL grant awardee.

A feeder system is made up of all the schools that feed a particular high school. All schools that feed into the eligible high school along with the high school should be considered a part of the feeder system and a part of the district’s plan for KyCL unless certain schools are excluded and these exclusions are approved by KDE. While the applicant is the school district, the project must serve young children and students along the birth to grade 12 continuum. Each district application for funding must clearly identify partners along that continuum and include disadvantaged students who are likely to be served as they progress from agency to agency and school to school.

As part of the district application for KyCL, eligible districts must solicit letters of interest from appropriate partners and stakeholders who will participate in the district’s literacy plan and literacy leadership team. This should include:
- Each school in the feeder system.
- Early Education Providers (includes independent, home-based, and faith-based childcare and preschool providers; Head Start centers; public preschool providers, etc.). A minimum of three for small feeder systems, five for medium and seven for large.
- Community Partners (includes nonprofits and for-profit agencies that provide literacy supports for children in the continuum, including public libraries, afterschool programs, mentoring programs, etc.). A minimum of two for small feeder systems, four for medium and six for large

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attendance at a technical assistance session for grant proposal development is strongly recommended.

In-person sessions:
- March 20, 2020, Frankfort, Admin Office of the Courts, 9:00 ET
- March 23, 2020, Bowling Green, GRREC, 9:00 CT
- March 26, 2020, Hazard, KVEC, 10:00 ET

Online sessions:
- March 25, 2020: Online Q&A Session #1, 1:00 - 2:00 ET
- Join here: https://zoom.us/j/520509780

- March 26, 2020: Online Q&A Session #2, 10:00 - 11:00 ET
- Join here: https://zoom.us/j/861051844

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submissions for vetting (LOIs) is February 20, 2020.

The application submission deadline is April 13, 2020, at 4:00 PM ET.

The deadline to submit questions is March 20, 2020, at 4:00 PM ET. FAQ will be posted on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Awardees will be posted to the website on or around May 18, 2020.

Technical assistance recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RgmLg1m_i8

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit questions and applications to: KDERFP@education.ky.gov

Jason Kendall
502-564-2351
Jason.Kendall@education.ky.gov

Kentucky Department of Education
300 Sower Blvd. 5 CSW 23
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

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