[kids-lib] Potential grant opportunities for libraries: ODE Strategic Initiatives

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Wed Aug 14 10:26:53 PDT 2013

Hello! I received the following emails last week and have been mulling over how best to share this information with you. The emails below provides a good summary of the new education legislation and funding, but it may be confusing if you haven't followed the new education legislation closely. I've left the email below intact for those who have been following it closely.

If you haven't been following this closely or you just don't want to read the emails below, here is what is important to libraries:

  *   This is a draft timeline of funding opportunities from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE): https://oslmail.osl.state.or.us/owa/redir.aspx?C=ZwQOtY8w1Ue6BS1-XK-xdio4usuXbNAIQvy-hmHBv_1A_uUOVhf7dCkjZ6--a4g41G5Agju-jbM.&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ode.state.or.us%2fsuperintendent%2fpriorities%2fstrategic-initiatives-timeline.pdf<http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/priorities/strategic-initiatives-timeline.pdf>

  *   Go to the top of the second page and look at the section called "Early Reading Initiative". You will see:

     *   'Ready to Read program (State Library)' is included in this section. This funding opportunity is being administered by the State Library as usual via Ready to Read Grants. Eligible libraries will receive this funding in December 2013. Being included in this chart is significant because it recognizes libraries as contributing to the education of young children--hurray!

     *   'Expanded access to libraries/resources' and 'Early literacy instruction for families/caregivers, early childhood educations' which the chart indicates will be distributed in the form of grants and that the request for proposals (RFP) will be announced in September. I don't know much about these new grant opportunities, but am working on learning more! However, I want to let you know about them ASAP so you can start thinking about whether or not your library wants to get involved and take advantage of this opportunity.

  *   Is your library interested in one of these new grants from ODE? If so, unfortunately I don't have solid information to help you yet. I don't even know how much money applicants will be able to apply for or what the eligibility requirements will be for applicants. However, the opportunity is coming up fast so you need to start thinking about what you might do. It is probably safe to assume that:

     *   ODE will only fund projects that will help achieve one or more of their desired outcomes. Their desired outcomes, strategies for achieving them, and the metrics they will be using to evaluate progress towards their outcomes are clearly stated on the second page of the attached handout.

     *   They will look more favorably on projects that target high-risk populations such as people of color, English language learners, immigrants, families in poverty, pregnant and parenting teens and their children, etc.

     *   They will look more favorably on projects that involve one or more community partnerships that streamline services, increase services  for the targeted high-risk population (i.e. increase the dosage), and/or improve cultural competency in service delivery. There is a possibility that schools, school districts, and/or education services district will have to be the applying agency. If this ends up being the case, then your library could be one of their community partners.

     *   The Oregon Education Investment Board has used the Ready to Learn library project currently underway in Umatilla, Wallowa, Baker, Union, and Grant counties as an example of the types of projects they would like to fund. Learn more about Ready to Learn (R2L) and the type of project they want to fund:

        *   R2L on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/readytolearnoregon
        *   R2L's full LSTA Grant application: http://www.oregon.gov/OSL/LD/LSTA/2013/13-09-4pfull.pdf

We will do our best to keep you informed as we learn more!

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

From: GREENE Crystal [mailto:crystal.greene at state.or.us]
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 9:59 AM
To: super at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:super at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: ODE Strategic Initiatives

Good morning,

We know that many of you have questions about the recent legislation that provided funding for key strategic investments in our students and educators. House Bill 3232<http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measpdf/hb3200.dir/hb3232.en.pdf> and House Bill 3233<http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measpdf/hb3200.dir/hb3233.en.pdf> provide funding designed to leverage matching funds and community partnerships to scale best practices, expand proven programs, help turn around under-performing schools, and improve student outcomes in our state.

Over the coming months, we will be announcing a number of opportunities for school districts and community partners to submit proposals to fund initiatives in the areas of early literacy, STEM and CTE, creating a college going culture, and developing a robust Network for Quality Teaching and Learning.  Click here<http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/priorities/strategic-initiatives-timeline.pdf> for a rough timeline for when these various initiatives will be launched and the related funding levels.  Please note that this information is still subject to change as we finalize plans for how to most effectively roll out each program.

As Request for Proposals (RFPs) are announced, we will share additional information. You can also check our Strategic Initiatives webpage<http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3958> for additional details and updates. On this webpage, you can find an overview of the Strategic Investments, links to the related legislation, the rollout timeline, and a PowerPoint presentation on the initiatives that was presented to the Education Subcommittee of Ways and Means this past May.

We are currently seeking RFPs for the Oregon Mentoring Grant<http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2218> which remains open through August 14, 2013.  In mid-August, we will also be opening the RFP process for the Collaboration Grants and will post details on the Strategic Initiatives webpage<http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3958> once available.

Stay tuned for future updates.  We look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions on how to move these initiatives forward.

Crystal Greene
Communications Director | Office of the Deputy Superintendent | Oregon Department of Education
503.947.5650 (office) | 503.428.3481 (cell) | crystal.greene at state.or.us<mailto:crystal.greene at state.or.us> | www.ode.state.or.us<http://www.ode.state.or.us/>


From: ALLEN Seth * OEIB [seth.allen at state.or.us]
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:40 AM
Subject: Message on Strategic Initiatives from Rob Saxton and Nancy Golden

Yesterday, the Governor held a signing ceremony for two important pieces of education legislation, House Bill 3232<http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measpdf/hb3200.dir/hb3232.en.pdf> and House Bill 3233<http://www.leg.state.or.us/13reg/measpdf/hb3200.dir/hb3233.en.pdf>. This public signing marked the official launch of four Strategic Initiatives designed to improve opportunities and outcomes for our students through a targeted investment in key leverage areas: early literacy, STEM, creating a college-going culture, and building a robust network of supports for our educators. Click here<http://youtu.be/mOfTXwu1P0Y> for a video from the Governor on these important efforts and what they will mean for Oregon.

These Strategic Initiatives are a critical part of the larger systems work our state is engaged in around creating a seamless P-20 education system that supports students from birth through graduate school. In our rapidly changing, technology-rich world, ensuring our students have a strong educational foundation is more critical than ever before – both for the future success of our students and the economic prosperity of our state. Oregon has made a commitment to dramatically increase the number of students graduating from our high schools prepared to enter, and complete, higher education and workforce training programs. These four Strategic Initiatives are designed to fund areas with a high return on investment, kick start innovation, expand best practice, and make significant progress toward our 40-40-20 goal.

We know that one of the most significant predictors of a student’s future educational success is whether or not that student can read at grade level by the end of third grade. Our Early Reading Initiative is designed to expand existing programs with a proven track record in early literacy, provide parents and caregivers with additional literacy resources and tools, and ensure our most at-risk students have additional time and individualized support to master this critical skill.  A student’s journey to gradation and beyond starts with a solid foundation in literacy and this funding will ramp up our efforts in this important area.

Getting all of our students to graduation is essential – but it is only the first step. We also need to ensure our students leave high school ready, and inspired, to go on to college and workforce training.  Our efforts around guidance and support for post-secondary aspirations are designed to help more students see college as a possibility through mentoring, guidance, and opportunities to gain college credit while in high school.  In addition, our initiative to connect students to the world of work focuses on increasing access to engaging, hands-on learning that can build direct pathways from high school to critical, family-wage careers – especially in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

The final initiative is the creation of a Network for Quality Teaching and Learning to ensure we are recruiting the best and brightest into the profession, delivering relevant, high-quality training in our teacher preparation programs, providing our new teachers and administrators with experienced mentors, and ensuring that all of our teachers have the strong, embedded professional development they need to be as effective as possible. This Network will include expansions to some proven programs as well as new and innovative approaches designed to better support the development of strong educational leaders throughout our system.

Over the coming months, we will be announcing a number of opportunities for school districts, colleges, non-profits, and education partners to apply for Strategic Investment funds through several rounds of grants and contracts. Information about these opportunities will be shared by email and will be posted to our Strategic Initiatives webpage<http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3958>.  A draft timeline<http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/priorities/strategic-initiatives-timeline.pdf> for when these various grant opportunities will be announced is also available on our website.

There are already a number of existing innovative and effective efforts in place to support student success in Oregon.  The Strategic Initiatives are designed to enhance and expand the impact of these successful approaches while stimulating additional solutions and partnerships.  The Initiatives will provide resources and demonstration models that can be adopted or replicated throughout the state and which can inform future strategic investments. We look forward to hearing from our district, higher education, and community partners throughout this initiative process.

Improving education in our state will take all of us – educators, parents, students, business leaders, and community partners. But it will also impact and benefit all of us.  Our students deserve a rigorous, engaging, relevant education that prepares them for the opportunities and challenges they will face upon graduation. Our educators deserve a system that encourages their professional growth and development and supports their success as practitioners. And our state deserves the economic prosperity and engaged citizenry that stems from a robust, effective education system. Together we can, and will, build the system our students, educators, and state deserve.

Thank you for all you do every day,

Nancy Golden                                    Rob S. Saxton
Interim Chief Education Officer         Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

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