Arizona has been awarded a 5-year $20,000,000 federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) grant. The Arizona CLSD project is a competitive grant that proposes to improve child literacy skills and instructional capacity on the science of reading. This grant project aims to strengthen collaboration, improve efficiency and drive innovation to accelerate language and literacy outcomes.
The focus will be children birth to grade 12 in high-needs schools and qualified opportunity zones serving Arizona's most disadvantaged students. CLSD is a substantial investment that will award up to 25 qualified schools and/or early childhood programs who have demonstrated readiness and the ability to implement.
*For screen reader-compatible version of the timeline below please see pages 16-24 in the CLSD AZ Project Narrative Document.
Not less than 15% of grant funds must be used for state and local programs and activities pertaining to children from birth through kindergarten entry.
Not less than 40% of grant funds must be used for state and local programs and activities, allocated equitably among the grades of kindergarten through grade five.
Not less than 40% of grant funds must be used for state and local programs and activities, allocated equitably among grades six through twelve.
For this competition, State Education Agencies are required to prioritize subgrant applications that meet the higher evidence levels of strong or moderate evidence included in the definition of “evidence-based”.
*Please note this webinar provides an overview of the CNA in full. Not all six principles of the CNA are required for CLSD. Awardees are required to upload their applicable CNA principles for CLSD into the Educational Monitoring Assistance and Compliance (EMAC) system only.
Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) Training
In 2020, ADE awarded twenty-three CLSD subgrantees representing 12 counties who are leveraging CLSD grant resources to improve child literacy skills and instructional capacity on the science of reading.
In 2021, ADE extended four professional development cohorts in the science of reading focused on LETRS ® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) to the field and to all CLSD applicants who were not awarded the CLSD grant. Over one hundred practitioners across four counties are participating in LETRS ® Early Childhood or LETRS ® K-12 3rd Edition professional development cohorts. Click on this link to learn more about the CLSD AZ Project!