2013-2014 Request for Proposals
** Deadline extended until September 29, 2014**
EnjoyReading, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in Washington, DC, plans to combat city-wide low reading performance by its public school children without access to books at home or in school libraries. Research shows that creating a steady stream of new, age-appropriate books has been shown to nearly triple interest in reading within months. We believe one of the best ways to increase reading performance is for students to have access to high quality books they choose -- books they WANT to read.
EnjoyReading will grant the award from a pool of applicants aiming to serve their whole elementary (K-5) class (or up to 25 students from a Resource teacher or other educator without a homeroom class) and will provide these students with catalogs of books to choose from.
The students will select and receive one book per month, 10 books per year, to add to their home libraries. This will increase the amount of books read in the awardee's classroom by 250. The catalog will be compiled with the most current and well requested titles.
The program will also include three family literacy nights at your school hosted by EnjoyReading staff and the grant-winning educator. These events include a structured activity and time for families to read together.
EnjoyReading will need to collect both qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the success of this new program. The educators selected to participate in this program will be responsible for gathering and sharing several data points with EnjoyReading:
1. Each month, the grantee will submit an interview (video, audio, or written transcript) with a student, explaining what he or she liked best about that month’s book
2. Each quarter, the grantee will administer a brief, age appropriate reading survey to his or her classroom, to help determine whether the program is increasing the amount of time students spend reading.
2. At the conclusion of the grant period, the grantee will submit a final report, outlining the successes and weaknesses of the program, and ways that he or she would implement the program differently in the future.
How to apply
To apply, you must be an elementary educator in a public or public charter school in Washington, DC. Your school must be considered a low income school and with reading proficiency below 50%. If you are unsure about your school’s status, please check the listing at this website: https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/servlet/TCLIStateServlet
Applications are due by September 29, 2014, and should be submitted to via the form below. Applications will be reviewed and grantees selected based on the quality of the responses and an interview.
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For any questions about the application or EnjoyReading please email Ali at email@example.com