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Award Recipients Attend 2014 National Conference

Thanks to the scholarship and grant sponsors listed below, Reading Recovery professionals were able to attend the 2014 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference.   More information about grants and scholarships.

Teacher Leader Scholarships

Two generous donors have recognized the importance of the teacher leader and helped underwrite the cost of training two new teacher leaders. The awards of $15,000 each fund a portion of teacher leader training costs and attending the Conference.

Hameray/Yuen Foundation teacher leader scholarshipHameray 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 funded one $15,000 teacher leader scholarship and will donate books ($1,000 value) to the newly trained teacher leader for use in her teaching. The recipient is Judith Dougherty, Sheridan County School District No. 2, Sheridan, WY, training at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, pictured here with Ray Yuen (left) and Kevin Yuen.

Pioneer Valley  Books teacher leader scholarship

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 teacher leader scholarship and will donate Pioneer Valley books ($1,000 value) to the newly trained teacher leader for use in teaching. Pictured is Hollyanna Bates (right), Summit School District, Frisco, CO, training at Texas Woman’s University, with Michele Dufresne of Pioneer Valley Books.


Professional Development Grants

Grants of $1,000 were awarded to Reading Recovery professionals to help with National Conference attendance costs by the following donors.

Blueberry Hill Books grant

Blueberry Hill Books

Blueberry Hill Books offers laugh out loud fun from levels 1 to 20. Children love Fluffy and Charlie, as well as other recurring characters. These fiction and nonfiction books were carefully designed to foster reading strategies and comprehension. Children choose these books because they are fun to read. Teachers choose them because they work! The recipient is Nancy Sulkowski (left), Warren Woods Public Schools, Warren, MI, pictured here with Pat Hamilton of Blueberry Hill Books.

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 here (l to r) are Halli Pedersen, Manzanita Charter School, Lompoc, CA; Patricia Scharer representing KEEP BOOKS; and Jodi McGowen, Paoli Community Schools, Paoli, IN.

MaryRuth Books grant

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. Richelle Barkley (right), Detroit Public Schools, Detroit, MI, is pictured here with Mia Coulton of MaryRuth Books.

Minnesota Professional Development grant

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 Siri Peterson (left), Roseville Area Schools 623, Shoreville, MN, pictured with Tonya Person, representing the donor.

Rea & Associates grant

Rea & Associates

Rea & Associates is a certified public accounting firm with 11 locations in Ohio. The team of CPAs and business consultants relies on knowledge and experience from more than 70 years of success. The firm is dedicated to The Rea Way, inspired by the company’s founder, which outlines the values the team upholds with all of their clients. The recipient is Laurel Crimm, Oldham County Schools, Pewee Valley, KY.

Reading Reading Books grant

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. Deborah Farrar, Maine School Administrative District 61, Naples, ME, is pictured here with Matt Bonnell of Reading Reading Books.

SongLake Books grant

SongLake Books

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 Alexandra Kanacznet (left), Warwick School District, Warwick, RI, pictured here with Carol Levine of SongLake.

Tenyo Family Foundation grants
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 l to r): Parralee Powell, Edenton-Chowan School District, Edenton, NC; Tanya Lange, Appleton Area School District, Appleton, WI; Nichole Kuhn; Topeka Public Schools USD 501, Topeka, KS; Analese Cravens, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY; (seated l to r): Carla Reissman, Arlington County School District, Arlington, VA; Barbara Rice, Broken Arrow Public Schools, Broken Arrow, OK; Tessa Abrahamson, Forest Lake School District ISD 831, Forest Lake, MN; Tracy Hagan, Monroe County School District, Tompkinsville, KY; Christy Gamble, South Sioux City Community Schools, South Sioux City, NE; and Jinna Collins-Jwacu, Anoka-Hennepin School District, Minneapolis, MN.

Geri Stone Memorial Fund grants

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. Pictured are (standing) Rebecca Broughton, University of Kentucky, LaGrange , KY; (seated l to r) Karen Allmen, Lapeer Community Schools, Lapeer, MI; and Lori Dupuis, Lapeer Community Schools, Lapeer, MI. Other recipients are Christal Black, York School District One, York, SC; Donna Brisse, International Community School, Decatur, GA; and Tiffani Keene and Jillian Beccia, Goodrich Area Schools, Goodrich, MI.