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.

For more information about how to apply for an IAL grant, visit the Applicant Information page.

Call for Peer Reviewers

The Department is seeking peer reviewers for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant competition. We are seeking reviewers with demonstrated experience in the following professions: school and public library media specialists, reading and literacy specialists, Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade (PK-12) teachers and administrators, program evaluators, and PK-12 education consultants.  The Department seeks reviewers with experience implementing high quality literacy activities.  The Department is also seeking reviewers with knowledge of high needs communities and the challenges faced by students and their families.  Additionally, the most qualified candidates may have expertise in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, staff development, strategic planning, evaluation and prior experience reviewing grant applications for other Federal programs.

Please read through the instructions and complete the submissions process if you are interested in serving in this round of IAL grant competitions.

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.

Contact Information

  • Simon Earle, PhD, Team Lead
    Innovative Approaches to Literacy
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
    Washington, DC 20202-6200