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Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Technical Assistance


Since 2017, Synergy has successfully managed the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) technical assistance (TA) center for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy program and its successor, the Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) program. CLSD advances literacy skills (including preliteracy skills), reading, and writing for children from birth through grade 12—particularly those who live in poverty, are English learners, and experience disabilities. Synergy conducts the following activities for the CLSD TA Center: (1) enhancing and maintaining a public website; (2) developing resources and professional learning modules for state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs); (3) enhancing and maintaining a secure knowledge management system (KMS) and reporting portal for CLSD grantees to report and submit performance measures and budget data; and (4) delivering TA to all grantees and non-grantees through multiple modalities, including one-on-one sessions, communities of practice, and virtual and in-person sessions that feature subject matter experts, guided resource reviews, and networking opportunities for CLSD grantees and stakeholders. SEA and LEA leaders across the country use CLSD professional learning modules as turnkey educator learning tools to support literacy among children of different ages (from preliteracy through secondary school) and backgrounds (those with disabilities and those who are learning English) and engage families. 

The TA center is collaborating with CLSD program staff members to revise the annual performance report by collecting data that will help ED determine how program funds are used at both the grantee level and the subgrantee level. New data fields will include state-level activities, subgrant competition information, and subgrantee demographic details and major activities. These revisions involve preparing an Office of Management and Budget package, conducting focus groups to provide input into the new indicators, updating the KMS to reflect the changes, and providing a guidebook and instructional webinars to support grantees with the revised form. 

Screenshot of the Special Literacy Considerations for Children Birth to Age 3 SRCL / CLSD web page


Synergy conducted an environmental scan of all CLSD states to determine (1) whether each state has a state literacy plan (SLP) and (2) common plan elements. This line of inquiry will continue by examining the SLP status of non–CLSD states, expanding on the rubric used for the CLSD states. Using the data from the rubric, the center will identify 20 states and seek their participation in a self–needs assessment to determine potential challenges they may experience in developing an SLP. Once the assessment data are analyzed, the center will provide TA to all states to support the SLP development process. To help these efforts, Synergy also will design, build, and house the SLPs and resources such as guides, fact sheets, and white papers that states can use to build an SLP and overcome infrastructure challenges (e.g., state legislative and governance structure, current literacy policies and laws, structure of state boards of education, and teacher licensure processes and requirements). A key feature of the website will be a dashboard that displays the status and elements of all states’ SLPs.

  • SRCL / CLSD Website Resources
  • SRCL / CLSD Website Professional Learning Modules
Screenshot of the Special Literacy Considerations for Children Birth to Age 3 SRCL / CLSD web page


  • Technical Assistance
  • Materials Development
  • Web Design and Development


  • State Education Agency Leaders
  • Literacy Specialists
  • Educators
  • General Public