Striving Readers: Free Technical Assistance

Catching Up

Shortly before the holidays, the Ohio Department of Education released new information about its upcoming Striving Readers grant competition to help potential applicants better understand eligibility and the process for applications.

If you were caught up in the holiday spirit and missed this new information, check out these two resources: Striving Readers Eligibility Updated (an EEP blog published Dec. 20) and Striving Readers Steps to Apply (ODE video published Dec 21). Together, these resources will help you determine if your district or non-profit early childhood center is eligible and the required steps to maintain eligibility to apply for the Striving Readers Grant. If you are totally out of the loop on this grant opportunity and need to get up to speed, check out Striving Readers: Preparing to Succeed on Ohio’s Newest Competitive Grant (an EEP blog published Nov 6) and ODE’s Striving Readers Grant webpage.

Intent to Apply

Eligible districts and early childhood organizations MUST complete their Intent to Apply by Wednesday, January 10. If you are even considering applying – fill this out ASAP. You can always decide not to apply, but if you haven’t filled out the form by January 10 you won’t be allowed to apply! Also, if you are trying to find a consortia but it isn’t firm yet – just complete the Intent for your organization. You can switch from individual to consortia later.

Free Technical Assistance (from ODE, SSTs, EEP and others)

Eligible Ohio schools and early childhood education agencies considering an application to the state’s upcoming Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant competition must identify reading interventions with “strong” or “moderate” evidence using the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) definition. Those designations have to do with the quality of research studies and veracity of positive outcomes associated with specific intervention strategies.

Ohio plans to unveil a state-specific clearinghouse that will be helpful in identifying interventions with strong or moderate evidence; however, that tool is not yet available. In the meantime, we have been directing potential applicants to Evidence for ESSA and What Works Clearinghouse to review possible interventions. Within the next two weeks, EnvisionEdPlus will share short summaries of strong or moderate evidence based programs and strategies. We hope these new tools will assist leaders in their research. Watch for upcoming blogs and webinars.

All eligible organizations that submit an Intent to Apply letter by the Jan. 10 deadline will be required to participate in ODE’s Literacy Academy (SAVE THE DATE: January 17 -18). The Academy will provide hands on support for developing proposals, creating Reading Achievement Plans and how to select interventions that meet the strong or moderate evidence base. State Support Team members will be available to assist in planning each day.

Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative (OSRC) is hosting the Ohio Literacy Summit on January 23 at Clark State Community College. This will also be a great day for districts to connect and find partners for consortia.

EnvisionEdPlus will be present at both ODE’s Literacy Academy (Jan 17-18) and at ORSC’s Ohio Literacy Summit (Jan 23). Each day, our team will provide free technical assistance to Striving Readers applicants. Stop by and see us!

If you have questions or would like to talk to us about how we can help with Striving Readers, please contact us through our website. Feel free to also contact Tricia Moore, our Director of Partnership and Engagement ( or 614.357.4439).

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Our Courses

Image Course Description Price Created On Last Updated On categories_ID
Supporting Families (Level 1) Consider the differences between engaging and supporting eight types of parents or family members you might encounter. Reflect on your past experiences with each of those types. Create and implement an action plan to improve your support for families who need it. 0.00 2020/07/17 2022/03/24 6
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 1) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of STEAM integration (design thinking) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. Two “office hours” will be available to chat with the instructor and others enrolled in this course. 0.00 2021/01/09 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 1) The brain is constantly changing and molding in response to the environment. These changes impact student learning. This is especially true in terms of trauma. This training is designed to help participants learn what goes on in the brain and how they can set up a learning environment for each of the students in their class. 0.00 2021/01/30 2022/03/24 4
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 2) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of Problem Based Learning(PBL) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
High Quality Literacy Instruction (Level 1 & 2) Core content includes an overview of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, evidence-based literacy practices, and resources and tools for literacy instruction. Participants will create, implement and improve two classroom-based literacy strategies (in-person, blended or remote). 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
Supporting Families (Level 2) In Engaging Families Through Support - Level 1, you learned about eight types of parents/caregivers and reflected on your past experiences with each type, culminating in a plan to better engage specific types as partners in their children's education. During this 8-hour asynchronous course you will delve deeper in your understanding of the eight types of parents/caregivers by speaking with individual family members you work with, discovering what they need from you and your program, and implementing an action plan informed by the actual families you serve. Doing so will give you sustainable skills and strategies to build stronger family engagement year after year. 0.00 2021/03/07 2022/03/30 6
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 1) Differentiation is effective instruction that is responsive to the learner’s preferences, interests and their readiness. It could be explained as a framework for thinking about your teaching and your student’s learning. This course discusses differentiation as an effective teaching tool. Included are many resources and strategies to help meet the learning needs of each student. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies and resources to adapt lessons to meet the needs of each student in their classrooms. 0.00 2021/03/18 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 2) This course gives an advanced understanding of the brain. including differences between “active” and “relational” based brains, trauma-related behaviors, and strategies to reach and teach trauma-impacted students so that they can re-engage in learning. Participants will learn about the range of thinking that a brain does, explore how students fit into the range of thinking, and discover healthy ways of engaging the full range of thinking. 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 4
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 2) This 8-hour, self-paced course is facilitated by Laurie Trotter, an EnvisionEdPlus Instructional Specialist. The course explores advanced differentiation as an effective instructional method that is responsive to the learner’s preferences and interests. Create, implement, and improve a lesson plan to engage all learners. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies, and resources to be able to be proficient in starting to adapt lessons to meet all needs of students in their classroom. Prerequisite: Differentiated and Engaged Instruction (Bronze Badge). 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 5
Creativity Belongs in the Classroom (Level 1) Encourage lifelong learning, improve focus, reduce anxiety and enhance thinking in your classroom or program. Creativity is a learned and trained process for getting the most out of higher level thinking and problem solving of your students. Learn how to embed creativity easily into your lessons, using strategies that will help unlock your students ability to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers. This course is appropriate for anyone who works with youth and also satisfies the HQPD Gifted competencies of A, B, and D. 0.00 2022/01/14 2022/04/10 5

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