Innovative Approaches to Literacy

Well Rounded Education


Discretionary/Competitive Grants

What’s New

The U.S. Department of Education published a Notice Inviting Applications (NIA) in the Federal Register on March 14, 2023 for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program competition, Assistance Listing Number 84.215G. The FY 2023 IAL discretionary grant competition is now closed.

We are pleased to announce that we are awarding over 7.7 million dollars in new awards to 12 grantees. For more information about the new IAL grantees and a description of their proposals, visit our Awards page.

Program Description

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 Department intends to promote innovative literacy programs that support the development of literacy skills in low-income communities, including programs that:

  • 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;
  • 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
  • provide high-quality books on a regular basis to children and adolescents from low-income communities to increase reading motivation, performance, and frequency.

IAL Program Officers and Grant Portfolios

Kristin Mitchell Cory Stafford-Jackson Anna Martinez
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1.  Books In Homes USA (PA) 1.  Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GA) 1.  Board of Education (KY)
2.  Philadelphia School District (PA) 2.  Corbin Independent Schools (KY) 2.  Tuscaloosa CD Board of Education (AL)
3.  Center For Strategic Leadership and Organizational Coherence Inc. (MA) 3.  Iditarod Area School District (AK) 3.  Allen County Schools (KY)
4.  Jefferson County School District 509J (OR) 4.  Coosa County School District (AL) 4.  Dillingham City Schools (AK)
5.  Lane Public School (OK) 5.  South Bend Community School Corp (IN) 5.  Northwest Arctic Borough School District (AK)
6.  Educational Service District 105 (WA) 6.  Colorado City Unified School District No.14 (AZ) 6.  Partners for Rural Impact, Inc. (KY)
7.  Ypsilanti Community Schools (MI) 7.  Arts Now, Inc. (GA) 7.  Cherokee Nation Education Corp (OK)
8.  Lansing School District (MI) 8.  The Language Conservancy, Inc. (IN) 8.  John V Lindsey Wildcat Academy Charter School (NY)
9.  Maryetta School District 22 (OK) 9.  Pineville Independent Schools (KY) 9.  The Institute for Excellence in Education (MI)
10.  Kairos Academies (MO) 10.  Real Journey Academies Inc (CA) 10.  Hyde Leadership Charter School (NY)
11.  Texas Education Agency (TX) 11.  Jackson Public Schools (MS) 11.  Hornell City School District (NY)
12.  NE Regional Education Coop (NM) 12.  Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District (MS) 12.  Elmira City School District (NY)
13.  Bloomington ISD (TX) 13.  Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education (AL) 13.  Grand View Elementary School District (OK)
14.  San Antonio Independent School District (TX) 14.  Russellville Independent Schools (KY) 14.  Cottonwood School District 4 (OK)
15.  Cuero Independent School District (TX) 15.  Cutler Orosi Joint Unified School District (CA) 15.  Tuscaloosa CD Board of Education (AL)
16.  Shelby County Board of Education (TN) 16.  Reading Is Fundamental Inc (DC) 16.  KIPP Kansas City (MO)
17.  County of Cherokee School District (OK) 17.  Allen County Schools (KY)
17.  Region One Education Service Center (TX)
18.  Stringtown Public School (OK)

Contact Information

  • Kristin Mitchell, M.Ed., Team Lead
    Innovative Approaches to Literacy
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
    Washington, DC 20202-6200