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Early Literacy Grant (ELG) Implementation Consultants

ELG Implementation Consultants

Comprehensive Early Literacy Grant (ELG) participants must budget for ongoing, on-site assistance (at least one day per month per school) from an ELG-approved Implementation Consultant.

ELG Implementation Consultants support Comprehensive ELG participants’ incorporation of scientifically based reading research into instructional practice in all K-3 classrooms, including both core and targeted and intensive intervention classrooms. The ELG Implementation Consultants will provide guidance to school leadership teams (SLTs) to maximize core instruction and intervention time to ensure K-3 reading proficiency. SLTs, including the principal, must meet regularly with the ELG Implementation Consultant to review K-3 student-level data (from interim and diagnostic assessments) and data related to the implementation of grant requirements. Meetings must include regularly updating the school’s professional development plan based on reviewed data. (Meetings between the SLT and ELG Implementation Consultant may take place virtually). The principal must routinely visit classrooms with the coach and ELG Implementation Consultant.

K-3 literacy coaches will be responsible for working with CDE and the ELG Implementation Consultant to assist in program and assessment implementation. Coaches will meet regularly with administration and the ELG Implementation Consultant and will provide feedback and support to teachers between ELG Implementation Consultant visits.

CDE will collect qualitative data related to implementation fidelity with the Literacy Evaluation Tool (LET). Additional forms to collect qualitative data may be developed and used by CDE during the grant cycle to monitor implementation fidelity. Funded schools will be required to provide the necessary information to complete such forms. An example of the LET is available on the ELG website and will be provided as a Smartsheet form to grantees to complete with their ELG Implementation Consultant. Additionally, ELG Implementation Consultants will submit reports to CDE after each site visit. Grantees must align their ELG implementation plan with their UIP and update on an ongoing basis.


ELG Implementation Consultant Advisory List

Updated July 2021


2021 ELG Implementation Consultant Advisory List Review

Consultants applied to be considered for inclusion on the ELG Implementation Consultant Advisory List. Applications were due May 14th, 2021 and CDE concluded reviews in July 2021.

Approved consultants were deemed proficient in the following areas.

1. History of School and/or District Improvement

Potential ELG Implementation Consultants must demonstrate a history of providing support that led to significant improvement in 1) reading achievement, 2) educator effectiveness, and 3) the overall system at the school and/or district level. Applicants must attach at least two recent reference letters that speak to each element of this history, from clients supported within the last three years.

2. Scientifically Based Reading Research and Instruction

Applicants must demonstrate a deep understanding of SBRR and related instruction. Responses must adequately address:

  1. Current reading research,
  2. The five components of literacy (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension) and related instruction, and
  3. Reading instruction for English language learners.

3. System Alignment

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to analyze and align systems to support ELG grantees and ensure program sustainability. This includes:

  1. Assessing strengths and opportunities within a system,
  2. Understanding and supporting the role of school and district leadership,
  3. Assessing and influencing school culture,
  4. Supporting systems of literacy instruction, and
  5. Understanding the work of the ELG Program within a larger Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework.

4. Professional Development and Supports

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to develop and support a long-term implementation plan through professional development and consulting efforts. This includes experience and knowledge in instructional components, assessments and data analysis, school-wide implementation, and communication planning.

  1. Instructional Components
    1. Explicit and systematic instruction
    2. Whole- and small-group instruction
    3. Effective Tier 2 and Tier 3 instruction
    4. Classroom management techniques
    5. Targeted strategies to close achievement gaps and improve outcomes for all students, including:
      1. Struggling readers (including those with dyslexia)
      2. Students reading at and above grade level, and
      3. English language learners
  2. Assessments and Data Analysis
    1. Acadience Reading (formerly known as DIBELS Next), Acadience Data Management (formerly known as DIBELSnet), and mCLASS
    2. Administration and interpretation of assessments
    3. Comprehensive assessment plans
    4. Data-based decision making
  3. School-wide Implementation
    1. Effective structures for school-wide literacy instruction
    2. MTSS
    3. Family and community involvement
    4. Implementation sustainability
    5. Professional development (for example, coaching on how to select and implement professional development)
  4. Communication: A plan to effectively communicate with school, district, and CDE stakeholders throughout the ELG Program duration.

Application Resources


Please email Laura Stelling with any questions.