Oklahoma Striving Readers

February 2019 Newsletter

Happy February!

February is an important month for OSRCL.

  • The most important thing to remember is your Literacy Plans and time and effort logs are due on February 15th. The link to upload your plan is included in the next section.
  • We will host OSRCL coordinator zoom call schedule for February 7th, you will find the registration link below. We are also trying something new this month.
  • There is a new section on our newsletter, OSRCL Chat, that includes a link to a professional article and a zoom registration link. We would like to begin facilitating collaboration between all of the Oklahoma Striving Readers districts. We hope you will join us!

If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact one of us. We are always happy to help in any way we can. You can find our contact information at the bottom of the newsletter.

Annual Monitoring and Local Literacy Plans Due February 15, 2019

Your local literacy plan has been your vision for district literacy improvement and a guide for your grant goals. Your updated plan also serves as part of the annual monitoring for the Striving Readers Grant. Annual Monitoring will be an evaluation of the assurances of the grant. The chart below shows that much of the documentation needed from you is included in the Local Literacy Plan or managed through GMS.

Please upload your revised Local Literacy Plan and a sample of the Time and Effort log you are using for personnel paid for by the Striving Readers grant at the link below:

Link to upload Local Literacy Plan and Sample Time and Effort Log


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OSRCL Zoom Call Scheduled

In February, there will be a zoom meeting with district OSRCL coordinators to provide time to discuss successes and challenges. Districts will be asked to identify one key success and an area that support is needed. Please register with the link below.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Feb 7, 2019 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:



We are excited to begin hosting opportunities for OSRCL districts to collaborate with one another. Our first opportunity will be Thursday, Feb.21st at 10:00 am via zoom. We will be discussing the article Addressing the Barriers of Time published in the June 2018 Reading Teacher. This article discusses how "busy" teachers are and gives ideas for prioritizing literacy practices. You can access this article here.

Use this link to register for the zoom call:

Learning Opportunities

The OSRCL team partnered with Clinton Public Schools for a webinar discussing Clinton's Local Literacy Team, Family English Classes, and Clinton's Parents As Reading Partners (CPARP) to provide ideas and resources as you revise your district's literacy plan.

Click on the link below to access this webinar:


In May 2018, OSRCL hosted a partnership webinar with Oklahoma City Public Schools about how they utilize early childhood partnerships. You can find that recording here and the presentation slides here.

The 90 Minute Reading Block

November 15, 2018 at 3:30

Led by Michelle Seybolt and Sharon Morgan, OSRCL

Click on the link below to access this webinar:


Revising Your Literacy Plan

Led by Dr. Brook Meiller

Click on the link below to access this webinar:


Professional Learning Workshops sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Education


Professional Development Survey

Please remember to have your staff complete the online OSRCL Professional Development Survey every time they participate in a half day or longer literacy professional development. The survey results are returned to you to help make decisions for follow up and future professional developments at your school.

Family Guides From the Oklahoma State Department of Education

The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is excited to share the Oklahoma Family Guides for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for Pre-K through 2nd Grade.

The OSDE Family Guides are resources aligned with the Oklahoma Academic Standards and developed specifically for Oklahoma families to complement classroom learning. They illustrate what is expected of students at each grade level in different content areas along with activities families can do at home to further support children's learning experiences.

The Oklahoma Striving Readers Team

Dr. Brook Meiller

Project Manager


(405) 522-0285


Sharon Morgan,

Literacy Specialist


(405) 522-3241


Michelle Seybolt

School Improvement and Data Specialist


(405) 522-2214


The U.S. Department of Education awarded the Oklahoma State Department of Education with a three-year Striving Readers grant totaling $21,530.920 in October 2017. The cost of this publication has been purchased with these federal grant funds in the amount of $0.00.