Innovative Reading Grant
Established in 2006, the $2,500 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.
Award and Frequency
- The grant recipient may be required to present a program at the ALA Annual and/or at a future AASL Conference AFTER the study has been completed and the results known.
- Recipients may be required 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.
Please fill out the application.
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The AASL Innovative Reading Grant Committee will evaluate the grant based on the following criteria:
- Applicant must be a personal member of AASL.
- 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
- Reading program must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting
- Program must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading. Existing commercial programs will not be considered
- Project should demonstrate potential to impact student learning, especially reading
- Originality of project and methodology
- Potential for replication of the program should be apparent
- Demonstration of the ability of the applicant(s) to undertake and successfully complete the project
- A project plan that includes a timeline, budget, and clarity of purpose
- Research should be evidence-based and scholarly in nature
- Rankings based on a rubric that correlates with the ratings sheet.
- 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.