Striving Readers: RFP Released & Support Available

Striving Readers RFP Released

The Ohio Department of Education just released the RFP for the Striving Readers grant competition.

Application deadline is March 2nd and submission is through CCIP.

Only LEAs and non-profit Early Childhood Organizations that submitted Intent to Apply forms by January 10 are eligible to apply. However, due to the overwhelming response, participation in the ODE Literacy Academy held this week is no longer an application requirement. If you missed the event, please go to Literacy Academy website and you can download materials. ODE also plans to upload videos from at least some of the sessions.

High quality applications that tell the story of complex consortia with differentiated needs can be extremely challenging to capture in 4000 characters.

Did you know?

47% of all Straight A Grant funds were awarded to EnvisionEdPlus partners

Food for Thought on Competitive Consortia

Districts across the state have been asking our team for advice as they plan their applications and work to create competitive consortia. Here are some key strategies as you move forward.

  • Consortia applications are likely to be the most competitive. ESCs and other natural convening organizations are well-positioned to facilitate development of strong consortia.
    • Think strategically and create consortia that balance cost per student (lower is better) and numbers of disadvantaged children (higher is better).
  • Organizations may ONLY submit ONE application. Be strategic in determining how to position your organization for success.
  • ESCs may only submit one application under the ESC itself, but they may be partners on multiple applications.
  • Medium to large districts (EEP recommends 4,000+ children) can be competitive alone if they serve high numbers of disadvantaged children.
  • Competitive preference points are awarded to schools/districts in Ohio’s Early Literacy Pilot. Consider recruiting them for consortia applications.
  • While consortia do not have limits on the number of participating schools/districts, implementation will be based on local literacy plans. Reminder: if there are not common types of interventions, your consortia will not be able to gain the economy of scale needed for low per student cost.
  • SST staff (and regional Literacy Coaches) need to become your new BFF (Best Friend Forever). They will provide key technical assistance during pre-application and post award periods.

Free Technical Assistance

Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative is hosting the Ohio Literacy Summit on January 23rd at Clark State College. This will be a great day for districts to connect and find partners for consortia.  EnvisionEdPlus is attending and presenting. We will have a table so you can meet 1-1 with us for support any time during the day.  Stop by and see us! We will also run a workshop for Striving Readers grant applicants. If you haven’t already registered – get to it 🙂

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).

~Michele Timmons, President ( or 614.893.7341)

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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