Sustaining Reading First
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Sustainability is not just about operating a program beyond the original funding—it's about permanently shifting a school's culture and instructional leadership to incorporate evidence based literacy instruction into everything it does.

The following resources provide a conceptual framework on sustainability, tools for assessing readiness to sustain, and briefs on specific topics related to sustaining evidence based reading instruction.

Engaging Stakeholders (September 2009)
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This brief document discusses how a school’s internal and external stakeholders can be a positive force for helping school staff achieve improved reading outcomes for all students and sustain them over time.

Linking Responses to Intervention and School Improvement to Sustain Reading Outcomes (September 2009)
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This brief document illustrates the parallel structures of RTI and Reading First and outlines how a school or district reading program can be blended into a local RTI initiative, thereby sustaining evidence-based practices in reading and the improved outcomes that result from them.

Reading Comprehension: Essential for Sustainability (Steptember 2009)
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This brief document discusses the link between strong reading comprehension and the successful implementation and sustainability of a reading model that spans not

Study Group Guide (September 2009)
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This document includes a set of discussion questions specific to each of the sustainability briefs and is designed to guide participants in a study group as they explore critical issues related to sustaining an evidence-based reading model.

Sustainability Advanced Seminar: facilitation Guide for District and School Leaders (September 2009)
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The Sustainability Advanced Seminar is for district and school leaders who wish to continue the evidence-based approach to teaching reading established by Reading First beyond the life span of the program. The facilitator’s guide provides instructions for a facilitator selected from state staff to run a series of brief discussion-oriented meetings addressing critical issues in sustainability.

Sustainability Advanced Seminar: Facilitation Guide for State Leaders (September 2009)
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This Sustainability Advanced Seminar is for state leaders who wish to continue the evidence-based approach to teaching reading established by Reading First beyond the life span of the program. The facilitator’s guide provides instructions for a facilitator selected from state staff to run a series of brief discussion-oriented meetings addressing critical issues in sustainability.

Sustainability Overview (Undated)
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Provides basic information on sustainability.

Sustainability Literature Review (September 2009)
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A downloadable review of the sustainability literature.

Annotated Bibliography about Sustainability (September 2009)
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A downloadable document containing abstracts of the studies in the literature review.

State Level Self Assessment Instrument (September 2007)
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A self assessment for state leaders of their capacity to sustain Reading First.

District Level Self Assessment Instrument (September 2007)
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A self assessment for district leaders of their capacity to sustain Reading First.

School Level Self Assessment Instrument (September 2007)
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A self assessment for principals of their capacity to sustain Reading First.

Classroom Level Self Assessment Instrument (September 2007)
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A self assessment for teachers and coaches of their capacity to sustain Reading First.

The Role of the District Supporting Student Success (March 2009)
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The purpose of this brief is to provide districts with a better understanding of their role in the success of Reading First and in its continuation. It provides practical strategies that districts can use to lead and support schools as they implement and sustain a schoolwide reform model like Reading First, thereby increasing the likelihood of widespread success and bringing a greater number of students to grade level reading standards.

Planning for Success: Integrating Planning Processes to Sustain Outcomes (March 2009)
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This brief is intended for educators at any level whose job description includes developing or implementing planning processes to raise student reading achievement. K-3 principals and school improvement teams may use the brief to understand how their planning efforts fit within a bigger picture of district and state planning and how they can tighten the logic underlying their plans, irrespective of any particular planning format they use. Further, district and state planners may benefit from using this brief when they come together for their respective planning efforts.

Building a Strong reading Culture: What You Can Do (September 2007)
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This brief was designed to assist education leaders at all levels--school, district, and state--to sustain the success of the Reading First initiative in teaching students to read well. Reading cultures is an important aspect of the scientifically based school-wide reading models established wit Reading First funds. It looks at what it takes to create the conditions for widespread success -- to create a strong reading culture in a school--and thereby to bring more students to benchmark levels in reading.

Developing Effective Reading Leadership (September 2007)
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Strong leadership is an important aspect of the scientifically based school-wide reading models established with Reading First funds. Strong leadership—especially instructional leadership—is needed at all levels of an educational organization (district, school, grade level, and classroom) to assure and sustain strong implementation of the Reading First model. This brief looks at what it takes to create the conditions for widespread success, to provide strong leadership in a school and district, and thereby to bring more students to benchmark levels in reading.

Implementation: Promising Practices to Sustained Results (March 2009)
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To achieve lasting success in improving reading achievement, we must achieve initial success. One simply cannot sustain that which has not been achieved. To have initial success one must have practices that work and implement them well. Hence, an understanding of successful implementation processes is essential to understanding sustainability. This brief explores several approaches to implementation and offers guidance on why strong implementation is needed not only for achieving initial success, but also for sustaining improved outcomes over time.

Here's How: Local Sustainability Strategies: This series of web-based documents with specific examples of strategies that have helped local schools and districts sustain their evidence-based reading model includes the following titles: (March 2009)

  • Recognizing Success as an Engine for School Improvement Download files PDF (240K)

  • Coordinating Funds at the District Level to Sustain Your Evidence-Based Reading Model Download files PDF (240K)

  • Institutionalizing Continuous Improvement with Comprehensive Data Management Systems Download files PDF (240K)

  • Maintaining Fidelity of Implementation with Walkthroughs Download files PDF (240K)

  • Managing Staffing Practices to Sustain Student Achievement Download files PDF (240K)

  • Upholding Your Evidence-Based Reading Program in District Policy Download files PDF (240K)

  • Working from Standards to Practice in Sustaining Scientifically Based Reading Instruction Download files PDF (240K)

Here's How: State Sustainability Strategies This series of web-based documents with specific examples of strategies that have helped state education leaders sustain their evidence-based reading model includes the following titles: (March 2009)

  • Highlighting Success to Build Support for Evidence-Based Reading Programs Download files PDF (240K)

  • Using Your State Longitudinal Data System to Sustain Your Evidence-Based Reading Program Download files PDF (240K)

  • Reaching Out to Higher Education to Align Pre-Service Preparation with Scientifically Based Reading Research (SBRR) Download files PDF (240K)

  • Writing State Literacy Plans that Sustain Your Evidence-Based Reading Model Download files PDF (240K)

  • Structuring State Professional Development to Sustain Scientifically Based Reading Instruction Download files PDF (240K)

  • Integrating the Components of Effective Reading Instruction into State Content Standards Download files PDF (240K)

  • Providing Effective State Leadership for Sustaining Evidence-Based Reading Programs Download files PDF (240K)

  • Institutionalizing Your Evidence-Based Reading Model in State Legislation and Policy Download files PDF (240K)

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