[Library Media] Fwd: Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant Applications Open

Sharon Deeds sdeeds at utah.gov
Wed Apr 18 09:39:56 MDT 2018



Please share this announcement for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy
Program applications

*Purpose of Program:* The IAL program supports high-quality programs
designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students
from birth through 12th grade in *high-need local educational agencies
(high-need LEAs)*and schools. The U.S. Department of Education (Department)
intends to promote innovative literacy programs that support the
development of literacy skills in low-income communities, including
programs that (1) develop and enhance effective school library programs,
which may include providing professional development for school librarians,
books, and up-to-date materials to high-need schools; (2) provide early
literacy services, including pediatric literacy programs through which,
during well-child visits, medical providers trained in research-based
methods of early language and literacy promotion provide developmentally
appropriate books and recommendations to parents to encourage them to read
aloud to their children starting in infancy; and (3) provide high-quality
books on a regular basis to children and adolescents from low-income
communities to increase reading motivation, performance, and frequency. The
IAL program supports the implementation of high-quality plans for childhood
literacy activities and book distribution efforts that demonstrate a

In accordance with the Senate report accompanying the Consolidated
Appropriations Act, 2018, S. Rep. No. 115-150, at 163 (2017), the
Department will reserve no less than 50 percent of funds under the IAL
program for grants to develop and enhance effective school library
programs, which may include providing professional development to
librarians in high-need schools or books and other up-to-date library
materials to such schools. Further, the Department will ensure that grants
are distributed among eligible entities that will serve geographically
diverse areas, including rural areas.

Sharon Deeds, Youth Services Coordinator/Consultant
Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W  Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901
sdeeds at utah.gov
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