The California Department of Education and the ISES Partners propose
Project READ Abstract
A State Personnel Development Grant, CFDA 84.323A addressing
Absolute Priorities 1 and 2 and the Competitive Priority
Purpose of Project READ, a unique, collaborative, evidence-based project targeting personnel development (PD), is to increase the reading achievement and academic outcomes of middle school students with disabilities from low-performing middle schools throughout California. Project READ’s high quality design, product development, and PD activity components are based on identified needs, current Implementation Science research, Adult Learning theories, state of the art evaluation tools, accessible technology, and practical lessons learned from results of the current OSEP funded SPDG’s Effective Reading Intervention Academy (ERIA). To ensure fidelity, READ incorporates a continuous assessment and comprehensive evaluation system to achieve the project’s Proposed Outcomes and Activities
Outcome 1: Project uses evidence-based PD practices to support the teaching of reading.
Outcome 2: Participants in PD demonstrate improvement in implementation over time.
Outcome 3: Follow-up activities sustain the use of Project READ-supported practices.
Outcome 4: Students demonstrate increased English and reading achievement outcomes.
Outcome 5: Parents/Families are better able to support their students’ learning.
READ Products have an accompanying intervention or implementation fidelity rubric/checklist: blended courses in teaching reading skills for ELA/ELD/SE teachers and teaching reading in content areas for social studies, science, and special education teachers (online courses, facilitators’ guides); administrators’ guides to RtI2 implementation and curriculum review/analysis for reading content; implementation guide for What Works Clearinghouse-endorsed reading intervention program; parent workshops in supporting reading; Leadership Academy structural guide, training Webinars; Site Implementation Team structural guide; Exemplar Sites structural guide and dissemination Webinar; and digital evaluation tools.
Key Collaborators: California Department of Education; Napa County Office of Education (LEA), as primary subgrantee; Parent Training and Information Centers statewide; IRIS Center at Vanderbilt & Claremont Graduate University; Improving Special Education Services (ISES) Advisory Group (i.e.: Part C, Early Education, Vocational Rehabilitation Lead Agencies).