2019 Montana Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program (MCLSDP)

The purpose of these discretionary grants, is to create a comprehensive literacy program to advance literacy skills – including pre-literacy skills, reading, writing, speaking, and listening – for students from birth through grade 12 with an emphasis on disadvantaged children, including children living in poverty, English learners, and children with disabilities.

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Project Implementation

Grant applications are closed.

Grant Staff

Rachel Gott - Literacy Grants Supervisor and Project Director MCLSDP

In July 2021, Rachel Gott was promoted to the project director for Montana's literacy grant.  Rachel grew up in Montana and received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Montana State University-Billings.  After teaching in several areas across the US and the world Rachel went back to school for a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and a PhD in Literacy Studies with an emphasis in Dyslexia Studies.  She worked for the Colorado Department of Education for five years running the Early Literacy Grant before moving home to Montana to help support schools with the implementation of the MCLP and MCLSDP grants.

Montana's 2019 Application to the US Department of Education

External Partners

External Partners for the MCLSDP

The following external partners were selected through a request for proposal process.  Districts receive consulting support on a monthly basis from these literacy experts.
  • Coach Up! Consulting
  • Custom Educational Consulting
  • Insight Educational Services, Inc.
  • Side-by-Side Consulting
  • STRIVE Consulting
  • Sweeney Educational Consulting
  • The Transformative Reading Teacher Group


  • January 1, 2020: Eligibility List Posted
  • February 10, 2020: Recorded Webinars and Subgrant Application Posted to OPI Website
  • February 19-28, 2020: Subgrant Application Workshops
    • Billings - February 28
    • Glendive - February 26
    • Havre - February 24
    • Helena - February 21
    • Missoula - February 20
    • Kalispell - February 19
  • March 31, 2020: Subgrant Applications Due to the OPI via US Mail
  • April 2020: Rigorous Application Review Process
  • Late May 2020: Subgrant Award Notification
  • Fall 2020: Subgrant Implementation Begins

Subgrant Application Resources

The application period has closed. Subgrantees have been notified of their award status.

Eligibility Criteria for MCLSDP Subgrantees

One or more Local Education Agencies (LEAs) serving a high percentage of high needs students as identified by 50% or more Free and Reduced Meal status or one or more LEAs with student populations in the top 15% in the state for Free and Reduced Meal status


Are among the LEAs in the State with the highest percentage of students reading or writing below grade level as indicated by below proficient on statewide assessments (5th and 8th grade Smarter Balanced) or below college and career ready on the ACT (high school) or one or more LEAs with student populations in the top 15% in the state reading or writing below grade level as indicated by below proficient on SBAC or below college and career ready on the ACT.

Subgrant Application Preliminary Information:

In the MCLSDP subgrant application, eligible districts must identify a feeder pattern for children and students PK-Grade 12. Large districts may only include up to two early childhood centers, two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

All levels must create a literacy line/feeder pattern (the flow of schools that the students take as they progress through their education). The patterns are determined by the location of the student’s residence and that location within the school boundary.

Feeder Pattern Defined: Elementary Schools feed Middle School, which feed High Schools
Independent elementary districts will need to identify strong transitions and commitments with the eligible high school students feed into.
Information on forming consortiums for smaller districts will be addressed in the upcoming webinars.

Application and Resources

Grant Recipients

The following districts were awarded grants for 2019-2024.

  • Absarokee
  • Anaconda
  • Arrowhead
  • Ashland
  • Bonner
  • Boulder Elementary/Jefferson Co. High School
  • Browning
  • Chester-Joplin-Inverness
  • Clinton
  • East Helena
  • Fair-Mont-Egan
  • Fromberg
  • Frontier
  • Great Falls
  • Helena
  • Huntley Project
  • Laurel
  • Libby
  • Lincoln
  • Livingston
  • Lockwood
  • Montana School for the Deaf and Blind
  • Philipsburg
  • Polson
  • Potomac
  • Roberts
  • Rocky Boy
  • Ronan
  • St. Regis
  • Troy
  • Victor
  • Whitehall

Eligible Districts by County

Lima K-12 Schools

Big Horn
Hardin Public Schools
Lodge Grass Public Schools
Pryor Public Schools

Chinook Public School
Harlem Public Schools
Hays-Lodge Pole K-12
Zurich School

Townsend Public Schools

Belfry K-12 Schools
Fromberg K-12 Schools
Roberts K-12 Schools

Ekalaka Public Schools

Great Falls Public Schools
Montana School for the Deaf and Blind
Simms High Schools District
Vaughn Elementary School

Big Sandy Public Schools
Geraldine Public Schools

Miles City Public Schools

Deer Lodge
Anaconda Public Schools

Ayers School
Grass Range Public Schools
King Colony School
Lewistown Public Schools
Winifred K-12 Schools

Columbia Falls Public Schools
Evergreen Schools
Kalispell Public Schools

Browning Public Schools
Cut Bank Public Schools
East Glacier Park Elementary

Golden Valley
Lavina K-12 Schools
Ryegate K-12 Schools

Philipsburg K-12 Schools

Box Elder Public Schools
Havre Public Schools
Rocky Boy Public Schools

Basin Elementary
Boulder Elementary
Jefferson High School
Whitehall Public Schools

Judith Basin
Geyser Public Schools
Stanford K-12 Schools

Arlee Public Schools
Charlo Public Schools
Polson Public Schools
Ronan Public Schools
St Ignatius K-12 Schools
Two Eagle River School
Valley View Elementary

Lewis & Clark
East Helena K-12 Schools
Helena Public Schools
Lincoln K-12 Schools

Chester-Joplin-Inverness Public Schools

Eureka Public Schools
Fortine School
Libby Public Schools
Trego School
Troy Public Schools

Alder School
Harrison K-12 Schools

White Sulphur Springs Public Schools

Alberton K-12 Schools
St Regis K-12 Schools
Superior K-12 Schools

Bonner Elementary
Clinton Elementary
DeSmet Elementary
Potomac Elementary
Missoula Co Public Schools

Roundup Public Schools

Arrowhead Schools
Livingston Public Schools

Winnett K-12 Schools

Dodson K-12

Conrad Public Schools
Heart Butte K-12 Schools
Valier Public Schools

Avon Elementary
Deer Lodge Elementary
Elliston Elementary
Gold Creek Elementary
Helmville Elementary
Powell Co High School

Terry K-12 Schools

Darby K-12 Schools
Lone Rock Elementary
Victor K-12 Schools

Fairview Public Schools
Sidney Public Schools

Bainville K-12 Schools
Brockton Public Schools
Culbertson Public Schools
Frontier Elementary
Poplar Public Schools
Wolf Point Public Schools

Ashland Elementary
Colstrip Public Schools
Lame Deer Public Schools
Rosebud Public Schools
St. Labre

Dixon Elementary
Hot Springs K-12
Noxon Public Schools
Plains Public Schools
Thompson Falls Public Schools
Trout Creek Elementary

Medicine Lake K-12 Schools

Silver Bow
Butte Public Schools

Absarokee Public Schools

Dutton/Brady K-12 Schools

Shelby Public Schools

Hysham K-12 Schools

Frazer Public Schools
Glasgow K-12 Schools
Hinsdale Public Schools
Nashua K-12 Schools

Harlowton Public Schools

Wibaux K-12 Schools

Billings Public Schools
Huntley Project K-12 Schools
Laurel Public Schools
Lockwood K-12
Morin Elementary
Shepherd Public Schools
Yellowstone Academy Elementary

2017-2021 Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project (MCLP)

Module Expired - 10/5/2023 12:00:00 AM

Project Implementation

Montana's 2017 Application to the US Department of Education

This application includes all project descriptions, budget proposal, and narratives.  

The Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project (MCLP) was completed in 2021. 

Year 1 and 2 External Evaluation Report - December 2019

Year 3 External Evaluation Report - November 2020

Grant Recipients

The following districts were awarded grants for 2017-2021.

  • Anaconda
  • Boulder
  • Browning
  • Charlo
  • Clinton
  • East Helena
  • Fromberg
  • Frontier
  • Great Falls
  • Hardin
  • Helena
  • Libby
  • Lincoln
  • Livingston
  • Lockwood
  • Potomac
  • Roberts
  • Rocky Boy
  • St. Regis
  • Sun River
  • Troy

External Partners

The following external partners were selected through a request for proposal process.  Districts receive consulting support on a monthly basis from these literacy experts.

  • Coach Up! Consulting
  • Custom Educational Services
  • Education Northwest
  • Side-by-Side
  • Transformative Reading Teacher Group

Guiding Documents

Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project Abstract 

Montana Comprehensive Literacy Plan (MLP)

The Montana Comprehensive Literacy Plan provides guidance for districts and schools as they plan for comprehensive literacy instruction and assessment. A school's curriculum must  be grounded in the Montana's English Language Arts & Literacy Standards and delivered using evidence-based instructional strategies that meet the needs of all learners. 

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

Subgrant Application Resources