ISD Early Literacy Coach Grant

Section 35a(4) of the FY 21 State School Aid Act provides $31,500,000 for early literacy coaches at Intermediate School Districts (ISD) to assist teachers in developing and implementing instructional strategies for pupils in grades pre-K to 3 so that pupils are reading at grade level by the end of grade 3.  Each ISD in the state is eligible to receive $112,500 per coach from MDE.


The 20-21 Section 35a(4) ISD Early Literacy Coach grant award notifications and letters will be emailed to the grant applicant and superintendent via GEMS by December 11, 2020.  Payments will be made via regular State Aid payments starting with the December State Aid payment.  You can view the State Aid Status Report after December 20, 2020 to see specific payment information for your ISD.  The expenditure period for this grant is October 1, 2020- September 30, 2021. 

Section 35a(4) FAQ Document
Section 35a(4) Grant Assurances

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