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Reading Instruction and Intervention Grant

Information regarding the Reading Instruction and Intervention Grant Program.

Assembly Bill 130, Section 145 (Statutes of 2021) of the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill authorized the Reading Instruction and Intervention (RII) Grant Program to generate and disseminate professional learning opportunities for kindergarten through grade twelve educators in the areas of evidence-based literacy, intensive literacy interventions, and support of pupils’ executive functioning skills. Funds are available through 2025–26.

The California Department of Education (CDE), in consultation with the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), will award the sum of $10 million to one or more local educational agencies with expertise in developing and providing professional learning to educators in public schools serving kindergarten through grade twelve, to strengthen reading instruction for all pupils and in a manner that aligns with the Statewide System of Support and the California Comprehensive State Literacy Plan.

Professional learning opportunities under this grant may include, but are not limited to, professional development for all of the following:

  • School leaders, including principals and teacher leaders, to lead evidence-based reading instruction for diverse learners, including early learners, English learner students, pupils with disabilities, and pupils with dyslexia.
  • Educators, including teachers and paraprofessionals, to develop knowledge and skills for appropriate use of screening strategies and evidence-based literacy instruction for diverse learners.
  • Educators, including teachers and paraprofessionals, to implement intensive intervention strategies for pupils struggling with literacy, including tutoring and small group strategies, and strategies for target pupil groups.
  • All educators to support the development of pupils’ executive functioning skills.

The CDE and the CCEE will facilitate coordination among grantees and other statewide literacy initiatives. The CCEE will evaluate the professional learning opportunities for their effectiveness.

Eligibility and Funding

In 2021, the CDE will announce a Request for Applications (RFA) to open the RII competitive grant award process. New information and guidance will be added as it becomes available.

Program Authorization

Assembly Bill 130 (Statutes of 2021) of the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (see section 145) External link opens in new window or tab.

Additional Information

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Last Reviewed: Monday, October 25, 2021
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