PR Award #: H323A170011
Name: California Depart of Education, Special Education Division
Project Title: California’s Adolescent Literacy Initiative (CALI)
City, State: Sacramento, CA
Project Director: Theresa Costa Johansen, Ph.D.
Project Director email: TCostaJohansen@cde.ca.gov
Building on the success of California’s current State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), Project READ, California’s Adolescent Literacy Initiative (CALI) proposes to provide and support intensive, ongoing professional/personnel development (PD) training and coaching to special education and content teachers and administrators from middle schools in need of support based on statewide assessments from 40 middle schools with high numbers of struggling readers, especially those with IEPs and 504 plans, including developing or adapting materials focused on IEP goals related to literacy. In the process, high-quality, evidence-based PD processes and products pertaining to adolescent literacy will be developed, tested, and refined and made accessible through a Learning Management System for ongoing use in the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) aligned technical assistance (TA) systems for districts in need of support throughout California.
Activities: Evidence-based training and coaching in adolescent literacy strategies for before, during, and after reading; Training/coaching for district, school, and teacher collaborative data review teams to develop and implement a multi?tiered system of literacy support; Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and sites collaborate to engage families in students’ literacy; and Dissemination of PD products through SSIP aligned TA via a Learning Management System.
Population: Special Education and content teachers and administrators from middle schools in need of support based on statewide assessments.
Evaluation: Logic model?driven knowledge quizzes; implementation fidelity and strategy checklists with observations; continuous improvement surveys; and monitored student outcomes.