Keystone to Opportunity Grant Information

Posted by on Jul 9, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Keystone to Opportunity Grant Information
The Keystones to Opportunity Grant (Striving Readers) is a $38million grant that was awarded to the state of PA, in large part to an active member of KSRA- GRC representative Cindy Anderson. Cindy, along with JoBeth McKee, and Roseanne Javorsky began this process through creating the Pennsylvania Comprehensive Literacy Plan (attached) with the support of reading experts across the state, including Rita Bean and Janet Bufalino. KSRA was also represented in developing the plan- in addition to Cindy, Mary Laub, Janet Friel and me were also part of the team.

As a result of this work, Cindy, Standy Strunk and JoBeth McKee applied for, and were awarded the federal “Striving Readers” grant. PA was one of only 6 states awarded the grant. As a result of the hard work of this team, as well as the continued hard work of the KtO team and the sub-grantees (school districts attached) we have potential to make a difference in the literacy lives of hundreds of thousands of students. Throughwww.pdesas.org, you can become part of theKeystones to Opportunity Grant (Striving Readers) Learning Community (Login at www.pdesas.org, go to “teacher tools,” the “my communities,” and search Keystones to Opportunity Grant (Striving Readers) – click “join” and you will be a member, providing you with TONS of extremely valuable information. There are over 1,000 members thus far).

What can you do?

As members of KSRA, we have access to amazing network of professionals within Early Childhood (ECE), professors of many universities, members who work in a myriad of capacities, grade K-12. All of the award recipients need to develop a Local Comprehensive Literacy Plan- Birth to grade 12, which is intended to provide seemless literacy instruction and support. Local KSRA councils can support this through creating “Community Involvement” grants, and “Council Initiative” grants that are geared towards supporting our LEAs (districts). Create a connection with your LEAs and ask how we can support! Provide networking opportunities for your LEAs through KSRA meetings. Show them theKeystone Reader, PA Reads, www.ksrapa.org and our position papers. Connect with your local Intermediate Units (IUs)- they are responsible for much of the training and assistance to the LEAs. These are just a few examples, but we can make a difference.

What if our districts were not awarded?

Approximately 350 of the 500 LEAs in Pennsylvania applied for this rigorous grant, so these districts see the value in literacy. Education funding in PA is at an all-time low. We, as a group of volunteers, can support LEAs in making a difference in children’s lives through many of the same suggestion above: Local KSRA councils can support this through creating “Community Involvement” grants, and “Council Initiative” grants that are geared towards supporting our LEAs (districts). Create a connection with your LEAs and ask how we can support! Provide networking opportunities for your LEAs through KSRA meetings. Show them the Keystone Reader,PA Reads, www.ksrapa.org and our position papers. We can support districts in being proactive in literacy instruction.
Bottom Line: We are educators of children of all ages in PA. We need to ensure that we support our LEAs in being successful. This success could ensure the continuance of public education in the US. USDOE will be looking carefully into what PA does with this funding and the outcome. We need to be part of the change we wish to see in the world (Ghandi).I am here to support you in any way I am able. Please feel free to email, text and/or call me anytime. I am usually a rather quick responder, please understand that sometimes life happens, but I will always get back to you.

Thank you for your devotion to literacy and learning,
Bethann

Bethann M McCain

2011-2012 KSRA President
PA Comprehensive Literacy Plan
KtO Awards – PA Districts