News Posts: Innovative Approaches to Literacy


Technical Assistance Webinars A Technical assistance webinar will be held on March 21, 2023  from 2pm-4pm EST. Please see the Applicant Information page for the link to the webinar.   FY 2023 IAL Pre-Application Webinar PowerPoint Presentation Additional Resources The What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and Standards Handbook (Version 5.0, August 2022) includes information concerning levels of evidence and evaluation. To […]


FY 2018 Evaluation Reports Addison Central School District (PDF, 887KB) Ashe County Schools (PDF, 7.4MB) Corbin Independent Schools (PDF, 983KB) Crockett Independent School Districts (Word, 26KB) Crutcho School District (Word, 38KB) Dillon School District (Word, 428KB) Lane K-8 School District (Word, 33KB) Maryetta Public School (Word, 40KB) Sacramento City Unified School District (PDF, 520KB) Starkville […]

Call for Field Readers – Competition

CALL FOR PEER REVIEWERS – Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program FY 2018 U.S. Department of Education Discretionary Grant Competition Deadline:  April 2, 2018 CONTEXT: The purpose of the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program is to improve children’s literacy by providing books and high-quality childhood literacy activities for children and families living in high need […]

Legislation, Regulations and Guidance

Program Authority: Section 2226 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6646). The authorizing legislation can be found at (see page 187 of the legislation). GOVERNING REGULATIONS/COST PRINCIPLES Unless otherwise specified, the program’s administrative regulations are EDGAR – Education Department General Administrative Regulations, and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and […]

Funding Status

Included in the chart below is the amount of funding per fiscal year since 2016 Fiscal Year Funding for New Awards Funding for Continuation Awards FY 2021 $2,446,055 FY 2020 $0 $27,000,000 FY 2019 $2,447,410 $24,039,279 FY 2018 $26,731,834 $0 FY 2017 $0 $24,816,507 FY 2016 $27,270,481 $429,975 *FY 19 new awards were funded down […]

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions   Select a link below to jump to the relevant page section. Program Overview: A-1. What is the authorizing statute for the IAL program? Program Overview: A-2. What is the purpose of the IAL program? Eligibility Requirements: B-1 Who is eligible to apply for an IAL grant? Eligibility Requirements: B-2. Can an individual […]


  Eligible Applicants:  To be considered for an award under this competition, an applicant must be one or more of the following: An LEA in which 20 percent or more of the students served by the LEA are from families with an income below the poverty line (as defined in section 8101(41) of the ESEA). […]

Applicant Information

FY 2023 IAL Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) Application available in the Federal Register on March 14, 2023 FY 2023 IAL Competition Timeline NIA Available: March 14, 2023 Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: March 29, 2023 Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 15, 2023 FY 2023 IAL Application Instructions The IAL Application Package is […]

2018 Awards

  Project Abstracts (S215G180062) Stilwell Public Schools (OK) proposes to create sustainable solutions to literacy challenges in Stilwell, Oklahoma, improving student achievement on standardized literacy assessments and preparing its educators to continue to support a trend of positive literacy gains.  Activities will include tiered, research-based K-12 literacy instruction with embedded professional development; rebirth of the […]