Award Recipients Attend 2015 National Conference
Thanks to the scholarship and grant sponsors listed below, Reading Recovery professionals were able to attend the 2015 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference. More information about grants and scholarships.
Teacher Leader Scholarships
Five teacher leaders in five states are in training thanks to generous donors whose contributions totaled $60,000. Teacher Leader Scholarships are granted to schools that have demonstrated a commitment to continue Reading Recovery and have selected an excellent teacher leader candidate.
Hameray Publishing Group and the Yuen Family Foundation
The Hameray Publishing Group is dedicated to publishing innovative literacy materials for today’s educators. Combining a sound research-based approach with cutting-edge classroom solutions, Hameray has developed literacy materials for struggling readers as well as those reading at grade level. The Yuen Family Foundation—a private charitable organization—in conjunction with Hameray Publishing Group contributed $35,000 to fund three teacher leader scholarships in three states. Pictured are (standing left-to-right) Laura Juarez Codicetti, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA, training at Saint Mary’s College; Jennifer Batchellor, Anderson County Schools, Clinton, TN, training at Georgia State University; and Carla Bauer-Gonzalez, School District of Waukesha, Waukesha, WI, training at National Louis University; with Ray and Christine Yuen (seated) of Hameray Publishing Group.
Pioneer Valley Books
Pioneer Valley Books offers a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books and other resources at affordable prices for Reading Recovery, primary classroom, and literacy teachers. Their mission is to provide engaging stories and teaching materials that help children develop strong literacy skills and a love of reading. Dynamic photographs and appealing illustrations provide the reader with support and extension of the text. Pioneer Valley Books funded one $15,000 teacher leader scholarship. Pictured with Michele Dufresne (left) of Pioneer Valley Books is Andrea Overton, Anderson School District Five, Anderson, SC, training at Clemson University.
Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders
Perhaps no one understands the value and importance of Reading Recovery teacher leader training in the same way as an active teacher leader. As many teacher leaders retire or move into other leadership positions, the need for continued training of teacher leaders is critical. Acting to meet this need, Reading Recovery teacher leaders have conducted a 2-year campaign to fund a 30th Anniversary teacher leader scholarship. Fund raising primarily occurred at the annual Teacher Leader Institute with individual contributions, silent auctions, raffles of donated prizes, and a dance reception. Teacher leaders raised $10,000 for this scholarship. Nichole Kuhn, Topeka Public Schools USD 501, Topeka, KS, training at Emporia State University, is pictured here with RRCNA Development Chair Cathy Duvall (left).
Professional Development Grants
Numerous grants were awarded to help fund professional development for active Reading Recovery educators. These recipients and donors gathered at the 2015 National Conference.
KEEP BOOKS are designed as a school/home book program that addresses the need for inexpensive but interesting books for young children to read at home. KEEP BOOKS come in a wide variety of high interest titles at reading levels appropriate for pre-kindergarten through Grade 2 and are developed to help children learn effective reading strategies. As they take their books home to keep, children learn to be collectors of their own library of little books to read again and again. Pictured are Stephanie Crowe, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY; and Mary Foster, Topeka Unified School District 501, Topeka, KS; with Patricia Scharer (seated) representing KEEP BOOKS.
Minnesota Professional Development Grant
Established in memory of Reading Recovery teacher leader, Diane Holum, this award honors her commitment and passion for literacy and learning. Recipient Kelly Seibert, Maple Lake #881, Maple Lake, MN is pictured with Tonya Person (left) representing the fund.
Reading Reading Books, LLC
Reading Reading Books, LLC is an educational publisher located in Reading, PA. They offer a variety of fiction and nonfiction leveled books specifically designed for beginning readers. The goal of Reading Reading Books is to provide quality, affordable books for young children. Pictured with Matt Bonnell of Reading Reading Books is Tara Kachelriess, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools, Scotch Plains, NJ.
SongLake Books hand selects the best books from the best companies and organizes them into leveled book sets for guided reading and Reading Recovery. Book collections include fiction and nonfiction selections with a variety of genres at each level and are culturally diverse and gender fair. Titles are hand-picked to target children of all ability levels, especially at-risk readers. The recipient is Karen Maruoka, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, CA pictured with Carol Levine (left) of SongLake Books.
Tenyo Family Foundation
Tenyo Family Foundation offered 10 National Conference grants. The Foundation was founded by the late Sophie Tenyo to support charitable, religious, scientific, literary, and educational endeavors for the public welfare and well-being of mankind. Recipients are (left to right, standing) Cynthia Craft, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA; Angela Hobson, Hanover County Public Schools, Ashland, VA; Syndie Haaland, Kingston City Schools, Kingston, NY; Mary Collins, Papillion-La Vista School District, La Vista, NE; Lisa Silva, Beaufort County School District, Chocowinity, NC; (seated) Molly Sutherland, San Juan Unified School District, Sacramento, CA; Sharon Brown, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY; Patti Maier representing the Tenyo Family Foundation; Jamie Nelson, North Mahaska Consolidated School District, New Sharon, IA; Kathryn Moll-McAllister, Brainerd Public Schools ISD 181, Brainerd, MN; and (not pictured) Paula du Vair, DC Everest School District, Mosinee, WI.
Geri Stone Memorial Fund Grants and Scholarships
Family members and friends established this fund in memory of Geri Stone’s leadership and work as a Michigan Reading Recovery teacher leader. Grants and scholarships are awarded to Reading Recovery professionals to help offset the cost of training, professional development, or other literacy efforts. Recipients (left to right) are Julie Alley, Port Huron Area School District, Port Huron, MI; Sarah Pubal, Columbus City Schools, Columbus, OH; Jaime Dawson, Spartanburg District 3, Cowpens, SC; and (not pictured) Kasie Allen, Lapeer Community Schools, Lapeer, MI.