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<p class="MsoNormal">Please share this announcement for the <a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/04/18/2018-08093/applications-for-new-awards-innovative-approaches-to-literacy-program" target="_blank">
Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program applications</a>.<u></u><u></u></p>
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<i><span style="font-family:"Georgia",serif;color:#333333;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in">Purpose of Program:</span></i><span style="font-family:"Georgia",serif;color:#333333"> The IAL program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and
 improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in <i><span style="font-family:"Georgia",serif;border:none windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in">high-need local educational agencies (high-need LEAs)</span></i>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
<span style="background:yellow">(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.</span>
 The IAL program supports the implementation of high-quality plans for childhood literacy activities and book distribution efforts that demonstrate a rationale.<u></u><u></u></span></p>
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<span style="font-family:"Georgia",serif;color:#333333">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.<u></u><u></u></span></p></div></div><br></div>-- <br><div class="gmail_signature" data-smartmail="gmail_signature"><div dir="ltr"><div><div dir="ltr"><div><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)">Sharon Deeds, Youth Services Coordinator/Consultant<br></span></div><div><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)">Utah State Library Division<br>250 N 1950 W  Suite A<br>
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901<br>801-715-6742<br></span></div><div><a href="mailto:sdeeds@utah.gov" target="_blank"><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0)">sdeeds@utah.gov</span></a><br></div></div></div></div></div>
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