Award Recipients Attend 2017 National Conference
Thanks to the scholarship and grant sponsors listed below, Reading Recovery professionals were able to attend the 2017 National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference. More information about grants and scholarships.
Teacher Leader Scholarships
For the 2016–17 school year, four teacher leaders in two states and one in Canada are in training thanks to generous funding from Hameray Publishing Group/Yuen Family Foundation for two scholarships, and one each by Kaeden Books and MaryRuth Books, all longtime supporters and advocates of Reading Recovery. Teacher Leader scholarships are granted to schools that have demonstrated a commitment to continue Reading Recovery and selected an excellent teacher leader candidate.
Hameray Publishing Group and the Yuen Family Foundation
Hameray Publishing Group and the Yuen Family Foundation are dedicated to publishing innovative literacy materials for today’s educators by combining a sound research-based approach with cutting edge classroom solutions. The Yuen Family Foundation—a private charitable organization—in conjunction with Hameray Publishing Group contributed $30,000 to fund two teacher leader scholarships. The recipients are (left) Susanne Elvington, Marion County School District, Marion, SC, training at Clemson University, and (right) Elva Maldonado-Gonzales, Deer Park ISD, Deer Park, TX, training at Texas Woman’s University with donor Ray Yuen.
Kaeden Books provides quality reading materials for schools, teachers, and parents to use with children in the first years of their reading experience. With roots in the early years of Reading Recovery, Kaeden has grown with educators’ needs and now provides classroom libraries and bookrooms as well as leveled books. Kaeden Books provided one $15,000 teacher leader scholarship. The recipient is Leigh Turmel, Spartanburg District 7, Spartanburg, SC, training at Clemson University with donor Craig Urmston.
MaryRuth Books MaryRuth Books offers instructional, clever books that provide reading practice using photos and illustrations to facilitate word recognition and engage the young reader. MaryRuth Books is the proud publisher of the Danny series of children’s books that not only provide reading practice but also support the development of a lifelong love of reading. MaryRuth Books provided one $15,000 teacher leader scholarship. The recipient is (left) Melissa Wilde, York Region District School Board, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, training at the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery (CIRR) Central Division with donor Mia Coulton.
Professional Development Grants
Grants of $1,000 were awarded to Reading Recovery professionals to help with National Conference attendnace costs by the following donors.
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. Their goal is to provide quality, affordable books for young children. The recipient is Terri Lawlis, Deer Park ISD, Deer Park, TX with donor Matt Bonnell.
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. KEEP BOOKS provided two $1,000 grants for National Conference expenses. The recipients are (left) Jaime Dawson, Spartanburg School District Three, Spartanburg, SC, and (right) Lisa Silva, Beaufort County Schools, Chocowinity, NC with donor Marsha Levering.
Minnesota Professional Development Grant
Minnesota Professional Development Grant was established in memory of Reading Recovery teacher leader, Diane Holum. This award honors her commitment and passion for literacy and learning. The recipient is Lizabeth Kyser, Roseville Area Schools ISD 623, Maplewood, MN with donor representative Teresa Douglas.
Dr. Julie Olson Literacy
Dr. Julie Olson Literacy Professional Development Grant was established in honor of Dr. Julie Olson, retired director of Independent School District 196 elementary education and Reading Recovery site coordinator, to honor her commitment and passion for Reading Recovery, literacy, and learning. The grant supports Reading Recovery professionals from ISD 196 in Minnesota to attend the National Conference. Two $1,000 grants were awarded to Michelle Fiedler, Eagan, MN, and Anne Reed, Rosemount, MN with donor representative Teresa Douglas.
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 Elizabeth Scully, Niagara Wheatfield School District, Sanborn, NY with donor Sarah English.
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, literacy, and educational endeavors for the public welfare and well-being of mankind. The recipients are (left to right) Julie Sardo, Sarasota County Schools, North Port, FL, Debbie Baker, Woodford County School District, Versailles, KY, Jenny Leroux, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan ISD 196, Apple Valley, MN, Karen Barbour, Evanston/Skokie School District #65, Evanston, IL, (seated) Molly Hollister, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY, Kelly Vangel, Lapeer Community Schools, Lapeer, MI, Laura Hutchison, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Madison, TN, Regina Sudderth, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN, and Pamela Slone, Johnson County Schools, Paintsville, KY.
Geri Stone Memorial Fund Grants and Scholarships
Geri Stone Memorial Fund Grants and Scholarships were
established by family members and friends 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 Molly Larkin, Cook County School District 130, Blue Island, IL, Joanne LeBlanc, Genesee ISD, Flint, MI, Christine Miller, Walled Lake CSD, Walled Lake, MI, and Melissa Wood and Holly Karram, Genesee School District, Genesee, MI.
Debby Wood Professional Development Grant
Debby Wood Professional Development Grant was established in memory of Debby Wood, who served as a teacher leader in Prince George’s County, MD. Debby was a past recipient of an RRCNA grant to attend the National Conference and always looked forward to the excellent professional development. The recipient is Tiffany Garner, Prince George’s County, Capitol Heights, MD.