The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) has awarded subgrants under its $49.8 million federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant to supplement literacy efforts with innovative strategies to accelerate student achievement. The Department was awarded the five-year grant in October 2019 to support language and literacy development growth in Hawaii public schools.
Through a highly competitive process HIDOE awarded CLSD subgrants to six complex areas, which will impact 79 schools. Complex area subgrantees will receive up to $1.5 million per year over the next four years. Fifty percent of the total award for each subgrantee must target grades K-5 and the other 50% must target grades 6-12. While the subgrants are organized at the complex area level, schools are charged with designing literacy plans specific to their own school and community.
"This grant will help the Department develop a system to support educators as they expand their capacity to fully implement evidence-based literacy using proven instructional strategies to advance student growth," Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto said. "We will be working alongside Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education to ensure that we reach children from birth through 12th grade, with an emphasis on learners vulnerable to academic challenges."
The CLSD Grant has five objectives: enhance literacy outcomes for the most disadvantaged students from birth to grade 12; implement evidence-based literacy practices; ensure subgrantees develop evidence-based literacy plans; enhance data-driven decision-making; and engage families in supporting their childʻs literacy development.
The subgrant awardees are:
Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area
The Campbell-Kapolei complex area will design and implement a multi-faceted approach to literacy by providing a professional learning series for teachers and developing data tools and processes to inform instruction. In addition, Campbell-Kapolei will create a family resource hub to provide learning activities and literacy resources for families in the community.
Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area
To meet the literacy needs of all students, the Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area will incorporate the principles of Universal Design for Learning, which will guide students as experts in their own learning. Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani will also use the grant to provide teacher training focused on strengthening reading and writing instruction, particularly in grades K-2, for all 21 schools participating in the project.
Honokaa-Kealakehe-Kohala-Konawaena Complex Area
West Hawaii schools will implement a literacy design that includes integrating literacy instruction in all classrooms, developing a Career Academy Model that uses career pathways to engage students, and designing family literacy plans. Teachers will be provided with training on explicit instructional strategies, which help students to develop specific skills using a highly structured sequence of steps, and will be provided with feedback on their lessons in a timely manner.
Kau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex Area
The Kau-Keaau-Pahoa Complex Area will implement a system of academic and cultural supports that meet the needs of all students through high-engagement classroom practices. Kau-Keaau-Pahoa will also strengthen Nā Hopena A'o (HĀ) in each learning environment to develop strong family relationships and cultural supports.
Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex Area
The Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua Complex Area will implement literacy plans designed by each of the 13 participating schools to address each school's unique areas of growth. Each literacy plan will include essential components of reading instruction and will provide for family and cultural literacy plans.
Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area
The Pearl City-Waipahu Complex Area will develop a blended (face-to-face and online) learning environment for all students and refine a K-12 Academy Model that uses career pathways to engage students. All teachers in the 17 participating schools will be provided with targeted professional development that will be facilitated through new technology, software, and literary resources.
Six subgrantees will be hiring an experienced literacy coordinator. The first year will involve revising complex and school-level literacy and evaluation plans, training, refining data sources, and developing reporting tools to communicate the link between CLSD Grant efforts and student achievement.