By Sarah D. Sparks
In Oxnard, Calif., where nearly every child in the 17,000-student school district comes from a poor family, lack of ready access to books and other reading materials has been a huge barrier to developing strong literacy skills. That’s why Superintendent César Morales has leveraged the district’s 1-to-1 tablet initiative as a starting point for a massive bilingual-literacy initiative, to develop a deep love of reading in English and Spanish among his students and their families. Last year, Oxnard’s K-8 students collectively read more than 1 million books through the district’s reading program and showed growth on statewide reading tests. Under Morales, the district has invested in campus and community infrastructure to support the push for literacy—amassing an electronic lending library of tens of thousands of English-language and Spanish-language books.
“You go through the enthusiasm of a [1-to-1 program] and then you have the ‘now what?’ moment,” Morales says. “Given our demographics, developing literacy skills in English and Spanish is incredibly important, promoting the frequency of families reading is incredibly important. We wanted the technology to support that above all.”
The state’s largest grant-writing company will take part in all of CALSA’s major annual events
In announcing the news, CALSA’s Executive Director David Verdugo said, “We are proud to welcome California Consulting as a new Oro sponsor. California Consulting has earned a reputation for hard work and superb grant-writing for school districts.”
As an Oro sponsor, California Consulting will participate in all of CALSA’s major annual events, including the Summer Institute, Focus on Results and Shark Tank Symposium, Education Conclave, Scholarship Golf Tournament, and Educational Summit.
California Consulting Associate Imelda Padilla commented on the partnership, “As the state’s top grant-writing firm, it is a natural fit for us to become involved with CALSA at a high level. California Consulting very much looks forward to working with CALSA as we work together to assist school districts up and down the great state of California.”
The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) is a professional association of diverse educational leaders skilled in addressing the needs of Latino/a students and dedicated to increasing the number of highly effective Latino/a administrators. CALSA advocates for the ongoing development and placement of Latino educational leaders who are committed to quality public education. For more information, please visit CALSA.org.
About California Consulting, LLC
California Consulting is the largest grant-writing company in the state, with clients from Northern California to San Diego. Since California Consulting opened in 2004, its grant writers have written more than 720 competitive federal, state, and private foundation grant applications that have been awarded for clients. California Consulting works with many school districts all over the state. For more information, please visit CaliforniaConsulting.org.