OSDE receives $343,000 in supplemental literacy grant funding

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 16, 2018) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has been awarded $343,000 in additional funding to boost literacy in children from birth through 12th grade. The award is a supplement to the $21 million Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) program grant OSDE was awarded in 2017.

Through a competitive application process, 25 districts across the state were awarded original Striving Readers subgrants of up to $1.4 million. To date, the funding has been used to hire instructional coaches, provide professional development to teachers, create literacy labs and for other district-specific initiatives.

The supplemental grant will be used to support districts that applied for the original SRCL grant but were not funded. These twelve eligible districts will compete for the grant dollars, which will be used for professional development.

“All learning depends on a strong foundation of literacy,” said Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “This grant will allow us to strengthen reading skills among the children in our classrooms.”

The Striving Readers initiative furthers several of the major goals of OSDE’s 8-year Strategic Plan for Education, Oklahoma Edge: aligning early childhood education and learning foundations to ensure that by 2025, at least 75 percent of children are ready to read by kindergarten; and reducing by 50 percent the need for math and English language arts remediation after high school.

The eligible districts include: Blackwell, El Reno, Haileyville, Holdenville, Marietta, Muldrow, Okmulgee, Paoli, Salina, Santa Fe South, Webbers Falls and Western Heights.

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Last updated on October 16, 2018