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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Dear Utah Leaders,<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Did you know the K-3 Early Intervention Software Program application was open and accepting responses?  Have you submitted an application for your school(s)?  If not, this is your moment!<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">The Utah State Board of Education is accepting applications for the K-3 Early Intervention Software program
<b>until May 1<sup>st</sup>, 2017 at 5:00 PM</b>.  This is a friendly reminder to make sure you take a moment to talk to your teachers, literacy coaches, and principals to make a plan and submit an application.  The full details for the program are included
 below my signature. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">K-3 Reading Application Link:</span></b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121"> </span><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#444444"><a href="https://goo.gl/lKZhYc" target="_blank">https://goo.gl/lKZhYc</a></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">Due Date: </span></b><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:red">Application Closes on Monday, May 1, 2017
 by 5:00 PM MST</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Thank you for time and attention to this application.
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Sincerely,<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US"><o:p> </o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Sarah Young<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Coordinator for Digital Teaching and Learning<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Utah State Board of Education<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US"><a href="mailto:sarah.young@schools.utah.gov"><span style="color:blue">sarah.young@schools.utah.gov</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">250 East 500 South<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">PO Box 144200<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-US">Salt Lake City, UT  84114-4200<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:24.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:white;background:blue">The K-3 Early Intervention Software Program FY</span><span style="font-size:24.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121;background:blue"> </span><span style="font-size:24.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:white;background:blue">2018</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal" align="center" style="text-align:center"><i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">Applications are available to Utah public schools and LEAs</span></i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal"><b><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">Overview:</span></b><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121"> In 2012, the Utah State Legislature funded the Early Intervention Software
 Program (“EISP”) to support the growth of K-3 students’ literacy. For the 2017- 2018 program year, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in Utah can select from among seven computer-based literacy programs which provide individualized instruction and are designed
 to supplement students’ classroom learning.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121"> </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><b><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">Please note the following items relative to this application:</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">1. LEAs and/or individual schools are eligible to apply.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">2. Each school may have up to ONE <i>(a product for K-3)</i> or TWO software products <i>(one product for K-1, and a second product for 2-3).</i>  No more than 2 EISP
 products are allowed per school site.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">3. School requests will be reviewed by the LEAs Literacy Director and the Technology Director for final approval at the close of the application.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">4. School requests will be awarded once the 2016-17 fidelity measure are available from the program's external evaluator (projected for summer 2017).  <b>ALL schools are
 encouraged to complete this request form to be eligible for licenses for the 2017-18 school year.</b> 
</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121"> </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">The full
</span><span style="font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif">application explains the
<span style="color:#212121">software available from the current providers, each program's 2017-18 fidelity requirements, and the software's technical specifications for optimal performance.  Additionally, we have included the USBE student outcome data from
 the 2015-16 program evaluation.  Please consider all of the available information to help inform your software license request.</span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121"> </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="xmsonormal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">K-3 Reading Application Link:</span></b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121"> </span><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#444444"><a href="https://goo.gl/lKZhYc" target="_blank">https://goo.gl/lKZhYc</a></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="xmsonormal"><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:#212121">Due Date: </span></b><b><span style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:"Century Gothic",sans-serif;color:red">Application Closes on Monday, May 1, 2017
 by 5:00 PM MST</span></b><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#212121"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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