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FNLDC: Literacy Development in Northern California

Project Name
The Far North Literacy Development Consortium (FNLDC)

Project Description

The FNLDC will focus on using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to build teacher capacity for literacy instruction across disciplines. The FNLDC will use UDL to “establish a shared set of expectations, experiences, and a common language for molding and shaping an instructional approach.” 

Key activities include:

  • Providing professional learning focused on UDL, including but not limited to the creation of professional learning communities, providing opportunities to earn micro-credentials in UDL, providing access to deep-dive modules, annual symposiums, guest speaker series, lesson design studios, and a final culmination summit
  • Developing committees that focus on family engagement, including planning interactive literacy nights
  • Maintaining a digital hub to house resources to share beyond the life of the grant

Overall, the FNLDC will help teachers plan lessons, choose materials, and improve instructional practice in a way that intentionally mitigates or removes barriers to meet the needs of all learners. Teachers will empower students by valuing their voice and choice, which will improve engagement. A focus on family literacy will help the community understand the importance of developing literacy skills.

The FNLDC will work with the following districts:

FNLDC Annual Report now available!

This report documents the activities and findings from Year 2 (2022–2023) of this exciting project in northern California.

Download the Annual Report (2022–2023)


September 2021 – May 2024


California Department of Education, Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant


Butte County Office of Education (BCOE)
Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE)
Plumas County Office of Education (PCOE/USD)
Modoc County Office of Education

Project Leadership

Sylvia Rodriguez Douglass, CAST
Minden Byrne King, BCOE
Tricia Grunerud, BCOE


For more information about this project, please email Sylvia Rodriguez Douglass.

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