Award Recipients Attend 2016 National Conference
Thanks to the scholarship and grant sponsors listed below, Reading Recovery professionals were able to attend the 2016 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference. More information about grants and scholarships.
Teacher Leader Scholarships
Three teacher leaders in two states and one in Canada are in training thanks to the Hameray Publishing Group and the Yuen Family Foundation whose contributions totaled $30,000. 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 $30,000 to fund three teacher leader scholarships in two states and one province. Pictured are (standing left-to-right) Jenny Wilkins, Effingham County Schools, Springfield, GA, training at Georgia State University; Alissa Roe, Oshkosh Area School District, Oshkosh, WI, training at National Louis University; and Teri Turner, York Region District School Board, Ontario, Canada, training at the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Central Division; with Ray and Christine Yuen of Hameray Publishing Group.
Professional Development Grants
Numerous grants were awarded to help fund professional development for active Reading Recovery educators. These recipients and donors gathered at the 2016 National Conference.
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. The recipient is Mary Renfrow-Brown, Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Elizabethtown, KY.
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. They 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 here (left) are Mary Schwartz, Summit School District RE-1, Silverthorne, CO; and (right) Susan Thomas, Cobb County Schools, Marietta, GA; with Patricia Scharer representing KEEP BOOKS.
MaryRuth Books, Inc.
MaryRuth Books, Inc. offers instructional, clever books that provide reading practice using photos and illustrations to facilitate word recognition and engage the young reader. The popular Danny books, featuring Danny the Yellow Lab, are reported by reading specialists to be a first choice among their students. Catherine Schoon (left), New Haven Unified School District, Fremont, CA is pictured here with Lori Dupuis, Rochester Community Schools, Rochester, MI.
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. The recipient is Jill Johnson (left), Independent School District #196, Eagan, MN pictured with Tonya Person representing the donor.
Dr. Julie Olson Literacy
This professional development grant was established in honor of Dr. Olson, a retired director of Independent School District #196 in Eagan, MN. It supports Reading Recovery professionals from her school district. Recipients are (left) Sheila Trzynka and (center) Teri Townsend with Teresa Douglas representing the fund.
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 Kelley Weiss, MSAD #31, Enfield, ME.
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. The recipients are (standing left-to-right): Kelsey Moore, Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO; Mary Webster, Rochester Community Schools, Rochester, MI; Angela Wheeler, Monroe County Schools, Tompkinsville, KY; Kristin Kincaid, Mundelein School District #75, Gurnee, IL; Cynthia Listort, Kingston City Schools, Kingston, NY; Ellen Reiling, Guilderland Central School District, Bennington, VT; (seated) Kathryne Salinas, Lamar CISD, Richmond, TX; Aimee Sexton, Metcalf County Schools, Edmonton, KY; Joyce Mol, Mundelein School District #75, Lindenhurst, IL; Jennifer Wicklow, Fargo Public Schools, Fargo, ND.
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. Recipient Lisa Bradley, Napoleon Community School, Napoleon, MI, is pictured with Melani Paul representing the fund.