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Opportunities

Individual Awards 

LAT  Award * 

Applications are linked here.

Criteria 

Candidate Type 

Deadline 

Literacy Award Application 

 

An individual who exemplifies literacy leadership by (any 2): 

  • organizing local literacy programs 

  • promoting support for the public relative to enhancing literacy  

  • producing teaching materials or special media for literacy programs 

  • conducting research in fields related to literacy 

  • conducting special surveys of importance for literacy planning 

  • providing young people the opportunity to help in literacy activities   

  • conducting informal educational activities of a social, cultural, economic, or political nature, in which literacy is included (i.e. radio/TV programs, publications and press, library programs, and projects for populations with special needs). 

  • demonstrating proven student growth related to assessment (i.e. test scores, etc.) 

 

Completed application sent to Randy Kincaid.

Individual Member 

10/30 

Hoyte Snow Literacy Leadership Award Application 

 

An individual who exemplifies literacy leadership in unique and influential ways. 


Completed application sent to Randy Kincaid.

Individual Member 

10/30 

Walter Helm’s Service Award Application 

 

An individual who has contributed greatly to LAT on the state level. 


Completed application sent to Randy Kincaid.

Individual Member 

10/30 

Distinguished Professor Award Application 

 

An individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to undergraduate or graduate education at a state recognized college or university. 

Completed application sent to Randy Kincaid.

Individual Member,  

College Professor 

10/30 

Reading Teacher of the Year Application 

 

An individual Reading Teacher who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to literacy by (at least 2) 

  • organizing local literacy programs, 

  • promoting support for the public relative to enhancing literacy, 

  • producing teaching materials or special media for literacy programs, 

  • conducting surveys of importance for literacy planning, 

  • providing young people the opportunity to help in literacy activities, and/or 

  •  conducting informal educational activities of a social, cultural, economic, or political nature, in which literacy is included (i.e. radio/TV programs, publications and press, library programs, and projects for populations with special needs). 

 

Completed application sent to Randy Kincaid.

Individual Member, Classroom Teacher PK-12 

10/30 

Administrator of the Year Application 

 

A school administrator on the school, district, or state level who has made a sustained and unique contribution toward furthering the role of literacy and whose vision and leadership has contributed substantially to the literacy program in one or a group of Tennessee schools. 

Completed application sent to Randy Kincaid.

Individual Member, Administrator 

10/30 

School Librarian of the Year Application 

 

A school librarian (media specialist) who has made outstanding contributions to literacy through their school library programs.

Completed application sent to Randy Kincaid.

 

Individual Member, School Librarian  

10/30 

 Chair's Award - Past Chair (President)   10/30


Scholarships and Grants

LAT Grants* 

Most applications are linked here 

Criteria 

Candidate Type 

Aid Awarded 

Deadline 

Reading Improvement Grant 

The grants can be used to improve reading instruction through experimenting with new techniques and/or materials, developing innovative programs, or sponsoring/attending literacy trainings.  

 Send completed application to Mary Pullen.

Individual Member 

 

6 grants up to $400 

1/31 

Family Literacy 

A grant for projects/events designed to impact your local community’s or school's family literacy. Events must be held between August-November.  

The application are sent to Susan Roberts.

Individual Member 

 

6 grants up to $600 

2/23 

Diversity Books Grant 

For a bundle of books that have been selected by Diversity Committee that celebrate uniqueness, diverse characters, and raise important social justice issues. The books are highlighted on the committee’s webpage and are displayed at the annual LAT conference. 

 

Completed application sent to Natalia Ward.

Individual Member 

 

Book bundles equal $250-$300 

3/1 

Studies and Research Grant 

Awards are for classroom research projects in instructional methods, non-traditional approaches, parent involvement, independent reading, book publishing, or new techniques and/or strategies. Priority will be given to applicants using activities and expenditures for literacy materials.  

 

Completed application sent to Rachael Flynn. 

Individual Member 

 

3 grants up to $500 

3/2

LAT Membership Grant


Completed applications should be submitted to Amy Leigh Rogers.

     3/15

Community Service Project  

Grant for projects designed impact your local community.  

 

Completed application sent to Gale Collett.

Individual Member 

 

Up to $2500 

3/15 

Elizabeth Brashears Celebrate Literacy 

An opportunity to celebrate student writers! Student’s original works will be evaluated for their creativity and originality, grammar, mechanics and spelling; sentence development, sensory detail, and word choice; outer appearance; and inner appearance.   

 

Completed Entry Form should be mailed to Mallory Lemley (See application for details). 

Individual Student Writing  

Award 

3/15 

 Academic Scholarship 

A one-time scholarship for college or university students. Students must be either: a college junior or senior majoring in education or graduate student majoring in education and specializing in literacy. Grade point average of 3.0/B or better. Must be member of local council.  

 

Completed application sent to  LaShay Jennings.

Individual College Student 

Member 

2 grants for $1000 each 

6/1 

Chapter Project Grant 

Designed to provide funds for chapters to use for local programming and/or to facilitate literacy activities and projects.  

Completed application sent to Randy Kincaid.

Chapter 

$ 2,000 

9/15 

 LAT Conference Scholarship Grant 

Funds may be applied to full conference registration, hotel accommodations, and mileage at the state rate. Receipts must be submitted. A reference letter and essay must be attached to application.  

Completed application must be sent to  LaShay Jennings.

Individual Member 

6 grants at $600 

10/15 

 ILA Exemplary Reading Program Award 

The Exemplary Reading Program Award is sponsored by the International Literacy Association to recognize outstanding reading and language arts programs at all grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school). Its purpose is to call the public’s attention to outstanding programs in schools throughout North America. Each participating state and province can choose one winning school. For support reach out to Randy Kincaid.


Completed Applications should be mailed to Exemplary Reading Program Award (See application for details).  

School  

Award 

 

11/15 

Support Storytelling Grant 

Grants are given to help purchase books for read-alouds, to purchase writing materials for a publishing station, props to use for Readers Theater, or any other activity or project that promotes student literacy. If awarded, a final report and pictures of project should be sent. If possible, winners are asked to present on their project at the LA Conference in December. Completed application sent to Joyce Snyder.

Individual member 

$200-$300 

Rolling deadline. They will accept applications until all the grant money is awarded. 

Honor Award

The honor award annually recognizes local, student, and special interest chapters that organize and conduct well rounded programs serving the chapter members, the community, the state/provincial chpater, and the International Literacy Association. Chapters are recognized for accomplishments of the previous year.  

Guidelines, application, and previous recipient information can be found at the ILA website

 Chapter    12/15
 Award of Excellence

The Award of Excellence is presented annually by the International Literacy Association to state and provincial chapters that have distinguished themselves through organizing and implementing a wide range of programs and activities in their state or province that (a) serve and support chapters and members, (b) contribute to education, and (c) coincide with and support ILA's programs and goals. 

Guidelines, application, and previous recipient information can be found on the ILA website

 State and Provincial Chapter(s)    12/15
 International ProjectsAnn Maginelli   

The Literacy Association of Tennessee is a state chapter of the International Literacy Association.

www.literacyworldwide.org

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