“We owe a great deal of Boundless Readers’ success to the Lloyd A. Fry, Polk Bros. and The Seabury Foundations, all of which have been long-time supporters,” says Mary Hicks, Executive Director of Boundless Readers.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 15, 2010
Boundless Readers, the leading provider of literacy-based professional development resources and programs to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), announced today that it has been awarded grants from The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation and The Seabury Foundation.
The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation awarded Boundless Readers a two-year $160,000 grant for the development and launch of its newest initiative: Building Exemplary Schools through Teams (BEST): Leveraging Literacy to Transform Schools.
BEST will build on the innovative work Boundless Readers currently does with teacher teams (study groups) around literacy. Intended as a national model, BEST will multiply Boundless Readers’ impact exponentially – by working with all the teachers and staff at a school.
“BEST is a breakthrough new program for Boundless Readers that will serve as a catalyst to propel our organization -- and the schools, teachers, and students we serve -- to a new level of positive, sustainable change,” says Mary Hicks, Executive Director of Boundless Readers.
The Polk Bros. Foundation awarded Boundless Readers a $65,000 grant in support of its Rochelle Lee Teacher Awards (RLTA) study groups program, which provides literacy professional development and classroom libraries to hundreds of pre-K through 8th-grade teachers.
A grant of $15,000 was awarded to Boundless Readers by The Seabury Foundation, which is also in support of its RLTA study groups program.
Individuals and teacher teams are selected for RLTA, and can choose from more than 600 hours of professional development workshops. Participation in sessions that focus on “teacher as reader” is required for every teacher. Programming includes summer workshops, monthly study groups, teacher book discussion groups, and ongoing support from Boundless Readers.
In order to implement what their learning through RLTA, teachers also receive $500-$850 worth of new children's books for their classroom libraries that they select themselves to best meet their students’ interests and needs. The selection process is enhanced by allowing teachers to spend at least four hours in the Rochelle Lee Review Library to review books prior to placing their orders.
“Teachers tell us their classrooms have been transformed by the many strategies they’ve learned as a result of the Rochelle Lee Teacher Awards,” says Hicks. “Their students are energized by the multitude of new books acquired though Boundless Readers,” she adds.
“We owe a great deal of Boundless Readers’ success to the Lloyd A. Fry, Polk Bros. and The Seabury Foundations, all of which have been long-time supporters,” says Hicks. Their increased investment will go a long way towards helping Boundless Readers provide the professional development that transforms teacher practice and develops children into passionate readers, learners, and thinkers,” she adds.
About Boundless Readers
Chicago-based Boundless Readers, formerly called the Rochelle Lee Fund, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more than 20 years, Boundless Readers has dedicated itself to unleashing the power of reading in children. By building the capacity of Chicago public schools and teachers through its professional development programs and resources, Boundless Readers transforms students into passionate lifelong readers, learners, and thinkers. For more information about Boundless Readers, visit http://www.boundlessreaders.org.