Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant

The International Literacy Association (ILA) Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant is a US$2,500 annual grant that honors an outstanding K–8 classroom teacher dedicated to improving and enriching the teaching and learning of purposeful reading and writing across the curriculum. The grant may not be used for purchase of commercial programs or technology hardware.

Past winner projects include:

  • artist (puppeteer) in residence
  • literacy enrichment project through unique use of children’s books
  • attending ILA conference with a literacy purpose in mind—expanding school PD, community libraries
  • incorporating inspiring literature into daily literacy activities, a plan involving an entire K–2 team
  • building a rich classroom library

Sponsored by Regie Routman


  • Candidate must be an ILA member
  • At least 60% of the school’s students must be eligible for free or reduced lunch
  • Candidate must be a classroom teacher, grades K–8

To become an ILA member or renew your membership go to

Submission deadline is January 15, 2018

The winner of the Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant will be announced at the ILA 2018 Conference, Austin, TX, July 20–23.

Applicant Information

Application Information

The application must include the following items:

  • A three-page (maximum) proposal outlining how you will support, improve, accelerate, and enrich teaching and learning for students as shown in the criteria above. 
  • A one-page personal statement (beliefs statement and how your beliefs align with your research-supported practices, including your professional vision for this project)
  • Up to three (3) letters of recommendation. One letter of recommendation should be from a principal, superintendent, and/or curriculum coordinator; one letter should be from a peer. Each recommendation must include the participant’s leadership skills, collegial interactions, effective teaching practices, successful teaching/learning/relationships with students and an understanding of the intentions and/or support of the project detailed by the applicant
  • A budget outline that includes a breakdown for the intended use for the fund

Funds may be used for (but are not limited to):

Building a classroom library; attending the ILA Conference & Exhibits to increase professional knowledge; creating a home–school partnership; increasing collegial collaboration; improving reading and writing in authentic literacy contexts; publishing student work; poet, artist, puppeteer in residence; bringing arts into the classroom

Funds may not be used for:

Commericial programs, technology hardware, personal use

If you have any questions about grant qualifications, please request additional information at

To upload your files, please select Browse to locate your document in your files then select Upload to attach to the form. Please note that PDFs are preferred.

If you are unable to upload, please send them via email to the International Literacy Association, ILA Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant,

Additional Information

I am currently a K-8 classroom teacher.
Are at least 60% of your school's students eligible for free or reduced lunch?
The applicant gives permission for the committee to contact people who have provided documentation should additional information be required.
Applicant agrees to complete the project within two (2) years and provide an interim and final report. (Recipient will receive 45% of grant upon notification, 45% upon receipt of the interim report, and the final 10% upon receipt of the final report.) Please note, by selecting Agree, this becomes your electronic signature. *


Use this checklist to be sure you have completed and submitted all sections of your application correctly before clicking on 'Submit'.