Innovative Reading Grant

Sponsored by Capstone

Monetary amount: $2,500

Deadline: February 1, 2017


The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.


The AASL Innovative Reading Grant Committee will evaluate the grant based on the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a personal member of AASL.
  2. The potential to measure and evaluate a literacy project that promotes the importance of reading and facilitates the learners' literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy
  3. Reading program must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting
  4. Program must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading. Existing commercial programs will not be considered
  5. Project should demonstrate potential to impact student learning, especially reading
  6. Originality of project and methodology
  7. Potential for replication of the program should be apparent
  8. Demonstration of the ability of the applicant(s) to undertake and successfully complete the project
  9. A project plan that includes a timeline, budget, and clarity of purpose
  10. Research should be evidence-based and scholarly in nature
  11. Rankings based on a rubric that correlates with the ratings sheet.
  12. This award is to be for a successful reading project that demonstrates the potential for reading improvement in K-9th grade. (A program that promotes the importance of reading and facilitates the learners' literacy development by supporting current reading research, practice, and policy.) That can show improvement of reading in the students it is applied to.
  13. The grant recipient may be invited to present a program at a future AASL National Conference after the study has been completed and the results known.
  14. The grant recipient may be invited to write an article for Knowledge Quest that delineates their reading incentive project and demonstrate their successes, trials, and recommendations for improving so others can replicate the project.

View the grant rating sheet. pdf icon    View the grant rubricpdf icon

Questions? Contact Shannon Carter, 800-545-2433 x 4381

Past Recipients

Year Recipient
2017 Alison Kirkpatrick
River Road High School, Amarillo, Texas
2016 Andrea Catania-Stephenson
El Camino Fundamental High School, Sacramento, Calif.
2015 Clarice Marchena
Dos Puentes Elementary School, Manhattan, N.Y.
2014 Christina Genay
Quarles Elementary School, Winchester, Va.
2013 Panagiotis Stathopoulos
de Paul School, Louisville, Ky.
2012 Kristine Klopp
Lindbergh Elementary School, Madison, Wis.
2011  Shanna Miles
Tech High School, Atlanta, Ga.
2010 Myra Oleynik
Bower Hill Elementary School, Venetia, Pa.
2009 Cathleen Friedmann
Metairie Park Country Day School, Metairie, La.
2008 Barbara Powell-Schager
Big Shanty Intermediate School, Kennesaw, Ga.
2007 Nancy Baumann
Barnett Shoals Elementary School, Athens, Ga.