Award Recipients Attend 2013 National Conference
Thanks to the scholarship and grant sponsors listed below, Reading Recovery professionals were able to attend the 2013 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference. More information about grants and scholarships.
Teacher Leader Scholarships
Three generous donors have recognized the importance of the teacher leader and helped underwrite the cost of training four new teacher leaders. The awards of $15,000 each fund a portion of teacher leader training costs and attending the 2013 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference.
Hameray/Yuen Family Foundation Teacher Leader Scholarships
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 funded two $15,000 teacher leader scholarships and will donate books ($1,000 value) to the newly trained teacher leaders for use in their teaching. The recipients are Renee Anders, School District of Pickens County, Easley, SC, training at Clemson University; and Kay Honish, Valley Area Reading Recovery Consortium, Menasha, WI, training at National Louis University.
Pioneer Valley Books Teacher Leader Scholarship
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 teacher leader scholarship and will donate Pioneer Valley books ($1,000 value) to the newly trained teacher leader for use in teaching. The recipient is Tracee Farmer, Quincy Public Schools 172, Quincy, IL, training at National Louis University.
RRCNA Teacher Leader Scholarship
A generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous contributed to the Reading Recovery Council to fund one teacher leader scholarship. The recipient is June Proctor, Edenton-Chowan Schools, Edenton, NC, training at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Professional Development Grants
National Conference Professional Development Grants help underwrite expenses associated with attending the National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference including; registration fees, travel, hotel and per diem expenses. All grants are awarded through a national competition administered by the Reading Recovery Council of North America, Inc.
Grants were sponsored by the following donors:
Heinemann is a leading publisher of books, multimedia programs, and professional development resources for K-college educators as well as classroom materials. Heinemann publishes many of the foremost educators in Reading Recovery. The recipient is Karen Page, Epping School District, Epping, NH.
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. The recipient is Cindy Chamberlain, Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY.
Minnesota Professional Development Grant
In memory of Reading Recovery teacher leader Diane Holum, the fund supports National Conference grants for Minnesota Reading Recovery professionals and others who support the implementation of Reading Recovery. The recipient is Jan Barke, Roseville Area Schools, ISD 623, Roseville, MN.
Reading Reading Books
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 Joanne Johnson, Grand Island Central School District, Grand Island, NY.
RRCNA Professional Development Grants
RRCNA Professional Development Grants are made available from donations to the Reading Recovery Fund. The recipients are Esther Berndt, Redwood City School District, Redwood City, CA; Dorothy Portalla, Epping School District, Epping, NH; Lisa Silva, Beaufort County Schools, Chocowinity, NC; Annette Sipe, Beaufort County Schools, Washington, NC; Jeanne Snyder, Roseville Area Schools, ISD 623, Roseville, MN; and Kathleen Wirth Mills, York School District One, York, SC.
SongLake Books offers leveled books sold in unique collections for reading programs, including 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 handpicked to target children of all ability levels, especially at-risk readers. The recipient is Stephanie Powers, Grand Island Central School District, Grand Island, NY.
Tenyo Family Foundation
Tenyo Family 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 Domitila Aguirre, Ravenswood City, Menlo Park, CA; Anita Babb, Alpine School District, American Fork, UT; Lauren Buck, Beaufort County Schools, Chocowinity, NC; Shelly Casey, Tomahawk School District, Tomahawk, WI; Christine Jojola, Douglas County School District, Castle Rock, CO; Kelly Shepard, Cedar Falls Community School District, Cedar Falls, IA; Kaylynn SinghDhillon, Kaw Valley USD 321, St. Mary’s, KS; Batzaya Struble, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO; Donna Tibbetts, Evesham Township School District, Marlton, NJ; and Taryn Tulchinsky, Epping School District, Epping, NH.
Townsend Press is an educational publisher of an acclaimed series of reading, vocabulary, and writing textbooks. They also publish the King School Series, leveled books for kindergarten and first grade. Through their nonprofit foundation, they publish an affordable library of original and classic paperbacks. The recipient is Tee Fiero, Woodford County Schools, Midway, KY.
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. The recipients include Cynthia Coldiron, Florence School District 1, Florence, SC; Deborah Hills and Lori Sutter, Rochester Community Schools, Rochester Hills, MI; Michelle Orzel, Linden Community Schools, Linden, MI; Mia Riddle, Charleston County School District, Johns Island, SC; Sherry Sharp, Muhlenberg County Schools, Greenville, KY; and Kelsey Spratt, Boulder Valley Schools, Boulder, CO.