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Supporting Student Success

Project Overview

The three previous grant cycles of Supporting Student Success (SSS) Initiative supported collaborative projects focusing on the library's role in supporting the Social Studies Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) research process. The 2011 grant cycle required the integration of the curriculum "Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State" into already existing social studies CBAs.

From 2008 – 2011 SSS has funded 116 grants for a total of $973,221.

The project goals include:

  1. Support successful student completion of CBAs in social studies and the use of libraries for that end.
  2. Provide funding for collaborative projects between public libraries and public school libraries and a partnership with local tribes, if possible. Projects need to be focused on students' successful completion of required CBAs and integration of the Tribal Sovereignty curriculum.
  3. Increase awareness of the value for students when teachers, public libraries, public school libraries work together in support of student learning; for this grant, specifically Social Studies CBAs with the integration of the Tribal Sovereignty curriculum in partnership with local tribes.
  4. Should familiarize public libraries with the six common steps used by students for successful completion of the Social Studies CBAs and foster an awareness of tribal history for both native and non native students.
  5. Improve public and school libraries' knowledge of public library and tribal resources and services as they relate to K–12 students' information and research skills, especially in support of CBAs and the Tribal Sovereignty curriculum. (Only applied to 2011 grant cycle)


See the LSTA Grants Awards page for awards and descriptions of the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 competitive and small project grantees.


  • Tribal Sovereignty curriculum grants
    • $7,500 maximum award
    • 21 grants awarded
  • Total amount of awards $127,807


  • Small Project grants
    • $4,000 maximum award
    • 26 grants awarded
  • Competitive grants
    • $35,000 maximum award
    • 5 grants awarded
  • Total amount of awards $230,812


  • Small Project grants
    • $4,000 maximum award
    • 24 grants awarded
  • Competitive grants
    • $40,000 maximum award
    • 6 grants awarded
  • Total amount of awards $251,276


  • Small Project grants
    • $4,000 maximum award
    • 29 grants awarded
  • Competitive grants
    • $40,000 maximum award
    • 7 grants awarded
  • Total amount of awards $363,326


In the 2008-2009 school-year, Washington schools are required to report on implementation of Social Studies CBAs as a result of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 28A.230.095.

Advisory Committee

The project is guided by an advisory committee, represented by school, public and special library staff as well as the Washington Library Media Association, The Washington Library Association and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Members of the advisory committee are:

Carol Mackey Mountain View High School, Vancouver
Carol Schuyler Kitsap Regional Library
Chris Wolfe Griffin Elementary School, Olympia
Eve Datisman Port Angeles High School, Port Angeles
Jerene Battisti King County Library System
Jerry Price Ridgeline Middle School
Jolena Tillequois Yakama Nation Library
Josephine Camarillo Ellensburg Public Library
Judy Nelson Pierce County Library System
Kate Burton Vancouver High School Library
Kathy Dunham Timberland Regional Library System
Linda Collins Curtis High School, University Place
Lucy Defoe Chief Leschi Middle/High School
Marianne Hunter North Thurston High School, Lacey
Nadean Meyer Eastern Washington University
Sue McLauchlin Ferris High School, Spokane
Terry Beck Sno-Isle Libraries
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Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).