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Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program

Overview of Missouri’s CLSD Program Grant

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is one of 11 states to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) program. The $18 million grant will be distributed over five years, allowing the state to advance literacy skills for children from birth through grade 12.

The Missouri CLSD program was designed to complement DESE’s commitment to literacy for students under the agency’s Show-Me Success plan. The goal of the project is to support educators’ working knowledge of evidence-based literacy strategies to effectively teach reading and writing to all students. This includes providing professional development to pre-service teachers in institutions of higher education, early childhood education teachers and K-12 educators to enable them to provide effective instruction. This grant will additionally support districts with developing evidenced-based literacy plans to implement in their local schools and provide support for families. 

You can view the content of Missouri’s grant proposal in the project narrative. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Education’s CLSD program, please visit here.

Sub-grant Application Opportunity for Missouri Public and Charter Schools

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) interested in applying to receive services through DESE’s CLSD grant will find requirement information, services overvivew and application instructions in the  CLSD FY2021 Sub-grant Application Packet. The completed MO 500-3246 CLSD Sub-grant Application is due to DESE no later than November 20, 2020. Please send questions regarding the application process to Literacy@dese.mo.gov, attention Lisa Scroggs.

This page will be updated as DESE moves forward with each stage of implementation. Please email questions to Literacy@dese.mo.gov.