RLTA FAQS

Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions

ROCHELLE LEE TEACHER AWARD APPLICATION PROCESS

  • The online application will be available in early November.
  • Answer 6-8 essay questions about your current literacy instructional practices (Study groups answer 2 additional questions about their study group goal).
  • All applications are read and scored by the Selection Committee using the Application Rubric.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE ROCHELLE LEE TEACHER AWARD

  • Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade CPS teachers.
  • Reading specialist, special education teachers, and librarians.
  • Content area teachers who use literature in the classroom.
  • Third and fourth year applicants must participate in the RLTA Study Group program.
  • Teachers may participate in RLTA programs for a total of four years.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY FOR A STUDY GROUP

  • Four to eight teachers from the same school interested in pursuing a self-selected literacy focus.
  • Study Group Leaders must be a returning RLTA participant.
  • Each Study Group should include at least one new RLTA participant.
  • There may be more than one Study Group at a school.

FACTS ABOUT RLTA SUMMER INSTITUTE

All workshops begin promptly on time. Whenever possible, facilities open 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop. Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of your workshop. Those who arrive 10 or more minutes late will not be admitted. No exceptions will be made. 

Location

The Literacenter is located at 641 W. Lake St. in Chicago’s thriving West Loop neighborhood at the intersection of Lake and Des Plaines. The building entrance is in the middle of the block on Lake St.

Parking

There is metered street parking on most surrounding streets, as well as pay lots on both Jefferson and Fulton. Please make sure you are aware of signage and any parking restrictions in the area. There is a $7 lot on Wayman and Union, directly behind Carnivale. 

Public Transportation

Workshop Attendance

  • Workshops will begin on time. Facilities open 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop. Please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the start of your workshop. Those who arrive 10 or more minutes late will not be admitted. No exceptions will be made.
  • Workshop credit hours will be only given for participation in the entire duration of the workshop. Credit hours for multiple-session workshops will be given only for participation in all required sessions.
  • CPDUs are available for all workshops. Required Illinois State Board of Education forms will be provided after participants complete workshop evaluations for ISBE as well as for WITS.
  • Children are not allowed in workshops as participants are expected to engage fully. WITS does not provide childcare. Children are not allowed in the Literacenter unsupervised.
  • Awardees are not allowed to use their cellphones during workshops, except for emergency situations. Most workshops do not include scheduled breaks. Plan to bring snacks, a water bottle, a sweater, and note-taking materials to all workshops.

Online Registration

  • Participants must register online for workshops by June 14, 2019. An email will be sent to confirm your registration. Only registered participants will be admitted to workshops. No walk-ins will be accepted.
  • Please contact Daphne Robinson (708.943.7582) immediately if you are unable to attend a workshop or to make changes to your registration.
  • Registration closes for a specific workshop when maximum capacity is reached. Register early to ensure your spot. Awardees may register for additional workshop hours if space permits after our initial registration period. An email will be sent letting you know if this is possible.
  • Suggested grade bands are listed before each elective workshop description. Awardees may choose which grade bands and workshops are most relevant to the needs of their classroom, students, and school community. You may need to modify the workshop content to meet the needs of your specific classroom and students.

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