Erwin Zolt Curriculum Excellence Award

The International Literacy Association will present a US$2,500 award annually to honor exceptional design and execution of a curriculum unit based on In2Books or an ePals project and the Common Core State Standards, inspiring students to transform knowledge into creative action.  This award was established in memory of Erwin Zolt, who inspired in others a “zest for knowledge”.  This award is sponsored by Nina Zolt and Miles Gilburne.


  • Candidates must be an ILA member
  • Candidates must be a teacher mentor or a teacher implementing In2Books in the classroom

Submission deadline is January 15, 2017

Application Preparation and Format

In preparing your application, do not include the applicant’s name, institutional affiliation, or any other personal information that will identify the applicant on any part of the application other than the cover sheet. This will ensure a blind review of all proposals.

The completed cover sheet should be sent as a separate document from your proposal.

Description of Application Elements

  • Cover Sheet; complete all items on the cover sheet.
  • Curriculum Unit Template must include:
    • Unit overview
    • Core Literacy Skills and Strategies
    • Common Core Project
    • Common Core State Standards alignment
    • Student content
    • Collaborative elements
    • Multimedia elements
    • Lesson Design
    • Assessments

Review Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by members of the ILA Zolt Award/Grants and ILA Technology and Literacy Award Committee.

  • A blind review will be conducted and each application will be reviewed by up to three reviewers
  • Decisions will be based on the quality of the application, relevance to the award’s intent, and the quality of supporting materials
  • The award will be made only in those years when the committee concludes there is an application of high quality
  • Recipient of award is encouraged to submit an article for publication in an ILA journal or submit a proposal for presentation at an ILA Annual Conference

Cover Sheet

Curriculum Excellence Unit Plan

Please click here for the Curriculum Excellence Unit Plan Form. Once the form has been completed please save to your files before you upload.

To upload your files please click on 'browse' to locate your document in your files than click on 'upload' to attach to form.

If you are unable to upload, please send them via mail (regular or express) to International Literacy Association, ILA Erwin Zolt Curriculum Excellence Award, 800 Barksdale Road, Newark, DE 19711.




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