IRA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant

The International Reading Association will honor an outstanding mainstream, elementary classroom teacher dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing, across the curriculum in real world contexts in grades K–6 (ages 5–12). At least 60% of the school's students must be eligible for free or reduced lunch. The grant may not be used for purchase of commercial programs.

The US$2,500 award is supported by a grant from Regie Routman.

IRA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant Application

For additional information, contact the committees@reading.org

Submission deadline: November 15, 2014

Award Recipients

2013
Maurna Rome

Maurna Rome has been a Title teacher, literacy coach, and classroom teacher for more than 20 years. She currently teaches 1st grade in Ogilvie, MN. She is a National Board Certified teacher in the area of literacy; reading and language arts for early and middle childhood. She loves teaching children how to read, however her real passion is to motivate children to want to read for the rest of their lives. She is also passionate about the reading/writing connection and family literacy. Her "MAP to Literacy" project will encourage 1st-3rd grade students to engage with exceptional mentor texts to learn from expert authors by exploring their craft and to improve the use of critical reading strategies. Students will also meet with and learn from a professional illustrator/writer during an artist-in-residency visit. Students will write, illustrate and publish a personalized hardcover book that incorporates the six traits of writing. The project will integrate technology with literacy learning as students create video "book trailers" to introduce and promote their books which will be shared with the school community and featured on an on-line journal/blog. The project will culminate with an "Author's Tea" for parents and members of the community, with the goal of promoting home-school partnerships. Maurna shares ideas, insights and inspiration with others through her blog, www.romesreaders.com.
2012
Dawn Beach
2011
—Not Given—
2010
Leah Haile
2009
Kristi Hopper
2008
Laurie Anne McAdams
2007
Linda Markovich
2006
Sharon Griffel Weaver
2005
Terri S. Thompson
2004
Laura Hurley
2003
Jeannine Perez
2002
—Not Given—
2001
Marcia Worth-Baker
2000
Jessica Stelling
1999
Donna Rae Humbert
1998
Kimberley A. Wright
1997
Cindy Marten
1996
Patricia A. Meehan
1995
Donna Ware
1994
Jeffrey D. Wilhelm
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