Eligibility and Frequently Asked Questions
ROCHELLE LEE TEACHER AWARD APPLICATION PROCESS
- The online application will be available in mid-December.
- We are only accepting applications for Study Groups.
- Download Study Group FAQs.
- Answer 4-5 essay questions about your current literacy instructional practices and desire to participate in a Study Group.
- Returning study groups from the RLTA 2021 cohort may apply to continue their work in the 2021-22 school year.
- All applications are read and scored by the Selection Committee using the Application Rubric.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY
- There is no limit to the number of years you can participate in RLTA .
- Pre-kindergarten through 8th grade CPS teachers.
- Reading specialist, special education teachers, and librarians.
- Content area teachers who use literature in the classroom.
- Four to eight teachers from the same school interested in pursuing a self-selected literacy focus.
- There must a designated Study Group Leader for each group.
- There may be more than one Study Group at a school.
FACTS ABOUT RLTA SUMMER INSTITUTE
WE WILL HAVE UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE 2021 SUMMER INSTITUTE IN APRIL 2021.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Participants must register online for workshops . 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.