New Mexico Public Education Department: Reads to Lead Funding – Pathway 1Deadline: May 16, 2018
The Reads to Lead Funding – Pathway 1 will distribute funds to local education providers to embed the essential components of reading instruction into all elements of the K-3 teaching structures in schools, including core instruction and strategic and intensive instructional interventions, to assist all students in achieving reading competency. Applicants should use the New Mexico Statewide Literacy Framework to ensure K-3 reading instruction is delivered in alignment to the Framework. Specifically, Reads to Lead will:
- Support schools in implementing a multi-tiered system of support in an effort to reduce the number of students reading below grade level. Applicants should reference The New Mexico Statewide Literacy Framework (pp. 26–41).
- Provide significantly increased principal and teacher professional development to ensure that all principals and teachers, including teachers providing interventions for students (i.e., special education, English language development, Title I), have the skills necessary. Applicants should reference the Essential Elements of Professional Development outlined in The New Mexico Statewide Literacy Framework (pp. 52–58).
- Use assessment data (Istation) to provide targeted instruction to effectively teach all children to read. Applicants should reference the Essential Elements of Assessment outlined in The New Mexico Statewide Literacy Framework (pp. 42–51).
Download the New Mexico Statewide Literacy Framework here: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/NM_Literacy_Framework.pdf.
District leadership is critical to the successful implementation of the Reads to Lead Grant. All proposals must include a description of how district level personnel will be represented on a regular basis to support the activities of the grant. School leaders are responsible for collecting and analyzing valid and reliable data to determine whether students have met key reading benchmarks. School leadership will also regularly evaluate classroom reading instruction to determine how professional development and other resources can be used to support teachers to provide the highest quality reading instruction.
Amount: Not specified. Funds may be used to supplement and not supplant any moneys currently being used to embed the essential components of reading instruction into all elements of the K-3 teaching structures in schools.
Eligibility: Eligibility is based upon school growth as part of school grades. School growth compares the students enrolled in the current year to the same students from prior years. Unlike current standing, school growth accounts for improvement of all students, not just those reaching proficiency in reading. New Mexico K-3 school districts and charter schools who rank in the top 35% in school growth statewide qualify for Pathway 1. Local education providers, including school districts, district charter schools, state charter schools may apply on behalf of individual schools or a collaborative group (consortium) of schools or districts. Applications from Regional Education Cooperatives (RECs) applying on behalf of a consortium of schools will also be accepted.
Note: An application training webinar will be held on May 1, 2018 from 2:00-2:45pm. To attend, click on the following link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/260753557.